Thematic List of all Projects of the ITTO

Excerpt: Sustainable forest management and trade supported by SECO..This website provides a framework for consultation and information on the activities supported by the State Secretariat for Economy (SECO) as part of its programme of "economic cooperation", specifically in promoting trade in tropical timber and non-timber forest products from sustainable sources. This service is the competence centre of the Swiss Federal Administration for sustainable economic development, and the integration of less developed and transition countries into the world economy. This website is designed and updated by Intercooperation, SECO's strategic partner in tropical forestry.

Partners: The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is the competence centre of the Federal Administration for sustainable economic development cooperation. Regarding commodities, it supports selected partner countries in respect to the diversification of its economic base and reduction of dependence on exports of raw materials. By doing so, SECO avoids any use of interventionist measures. The focus is on the promotion of sustainably produced raw materials. The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) based in Yokohama and funded in 1983, facilitates discussion, consultation and international co-operation on issues relating to the international trade and utilization of tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base. The governing body of ITTO is the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC), which includes all members (Producer and Consumer countries). ITTC is supported by four committees: Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Reforestation and Forest Management, Forest Industry, and Finance and Administration. Intercooperation, a non-government, non-profit making Swiss Organization for Development and Cooperation, delivers to SECO comprehensive advisory services in matters relating to tropical forestry in general, and to tropical timber trade and sustainable management of tropical timber producing forests in particular. It is SECO's strategic partner for all the activities and international debate relating to the Swiss membership in the ITTO. The cooperation between Switzerland and the ITTO represents one of the main tools of the Swiss policy towards sustainable use of tropical forests. Other actions are undertaken by the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape (SAEFL) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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