The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) (www.itto.int) is an intergovernmental organization established by a United Nations-negotiated treaty to promote sustainable development through tropical forest management, tropical forest conservation, and a sustainable tropical timber trade. ITTO formulates policies related to the sustainable management of tropical forests (including on the management of forest fire) and funds projects to implement such policies in the forest. Since 1996, the GFMC is supporting the thematic work of ITTO.
For more information on ITTO’s fire-related work contact: ITTO Division of Reforestation and Forest Management (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In 1997, GFMC supported ITTO in developing National Guidelines for Indonesia and International Guidelines on Fire Management in Tropical Forests (1997). Photos: GFMC and Marc Nicolas.
ITTO Guidelines on Fire Management in Tropical Forests – International)
Under the patronage of the ITTO Policy Development Series, practical assistance to member countries was provided in the 1990s to apply state-of-the-art principles in fire management to ensure the protection and sustainable management of tropical forests. The guidelines were drafted under the leadership of the GFMC in 1994 and finalized by a group of experts in 1996.
National Guidelines on the Protection of Tropical Forests against Fire – Indonesia
Between 1997 and 1999, ITTO and its sister organization, the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) sponsored a project entitled “IntegratedForest Fire Management in Indonesia – National Guidelines on the Protection of Forests against Fire”.