International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) process

The ITTO process identifies 7 criteria and 66 indicators applicable both at the national and forest management unit levels in humid tropical forests of member tropical countries. These Criteria and indicators were adopted in March 1992 and underwent further revision and were finally compiled in the ITTO document "Criteria and indicators for the measurement of sustainable management of natural tropical forests", endorsed in 1999.

ITTO also runs field tests on the implementation of criteria and indicators at the forest management unit level in tropical countries.

Member countries

Sixty countries are members to the ITTO: 33 producers and 27 consumers. Members to the ITTO process are exclusively the producer countries i.e. Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Suriname, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

Consumer countries members to the International Tropical Timber Organization are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America; and the European Community.

More information

ITTO Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests

Other Policy development series documents

FAO/ITTO, Expert Consultation on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management

International Conference on the Contribution of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management: The Way Forward (CICI-2003)

IIFM-ITTO Research Project C & I India Vol. 7 Nº1
Other Newsletters of C & I India website


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Mr. Steve Johnson;
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO);
International Organizations Center 5th Floor;
Pacifico Yokohama;
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku;
Yokohama 220-0012, Japan;
Tel: + 81-45-223-1110;
Fax: + 81-45-223-1111.

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last updated:  Thursday, January 9, 2014