||The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the African Forest Forum (AFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on September 27, 2011.
The two institutions concluded the MoU with a view to affirming their commitment to cooperate in promoting the conservation and sustainable management of tropical forest resources in Africa and responsible timber trade throughout all ITTO Member countries in Africa and to mobilize necessary resources for the implementation of related joint initiatives.
Specifically, the MoU aims to:
- Establish a working relationship with the aim of increasing mutually desirable projects or activities that assist ITTO Member countries in Africa to implement sustainable forest management and trade practices and increase supplies of tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested sources;
- Provide support for research, training programmes, scientific information exchanges, joint organization of seminars, workshops and other meetings in ITTO Member countries in Africa;
- Provide support for strengthening ITTO Member countries in Africa in international and regional deliberations (dialogues) on forestry and related areas;
- Jointly develop and execute projects or activities, giving particular attention to capacity-building, information sharing and dissemination activities directed at assisting ITTO Member countries in Africa to promote good forest governance, responsible forest management and legal trade in timber and timber products;
- Implement collaborative activities in the area of rehabilitation of degraded and secondary forests, climate change and forests as well as promotion of other environmental services from trees and forests.