International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

L-R: For. Raul M. Briz and For. Ray Thomas Kabigting of Forest Management Bureau casting their vote on election of the Executive Director, 52nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of Committees, 11 November 2016, Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by IISD/ENB | Francis Dejon)

With the support of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA) was negotiated to provide an effective framework for cooperation and consultation between countries producing and consuming tropical timber, and promote and support research and development to improve forest management and wood utilization. It was adopted on 18 November 1983 and entered into force on 1 April 1985. It was renegotiated during 1993-1994, and 2003-2006. The latest ITTA was adopted in Geneva on 27 January 2006 and entered into force on 7 December 2011. It was built on the foundations of the previous agreement and focuses on the world tropical timber economy and the sustainable management of the resource base, simultaneously encouraging timber trade and improving forest management.

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), based in Yokohama Japan, was established by the ITTA in 1983. Included in its work is to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base. The ITTO also administers assistance for related projects.

The ITTO has 72 members, which are divided into two groups: producer countries (34 members) where the Philippines belongs and consumer countries (38 members) which include the European Union. The governing body of the ITTO is the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC), which includes all members. The Council, which meets annually, is supported by four committees, which are open to all members. It provides advice and assistance to the Council on issues for consideration and decision on: Economics, Statistics and Markets (CEM); Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF); Forest Industry (CFI); and Finance and Administration (CFA).

FMB is the focal agency in the Philippines authorized to submit proposals to ITTO for funding.
Focal Office:
Forest Management Bureau (FMB)
Established 1983
Focal Persons:
High Level
       OIC, Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus
       Department for Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. No. - (632) 926 1004

       DENR - Forest Management Bureau
       Tel. No. - (632) 928 9313
       Email -     
       Assistant Director
       DENR - Forest Management Bureau
       Tel. No. - (632) 927 2784
       Fax - (632) 928 2778
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The priority during the 51st Session of the ITTO was to elect a new Executive Director, as the current Executive Director retired from his office in 2015. Since the 50th ITTC, the position of Executive Director (ED) has been open for election but until the 51st Session, the Council was not able to reach an agreement on the selection of a new ED despite attempts to reach consensus and two rounds of voting. In the meantime, they have placed an OIC ED from the Secretariat.

The Philippines was elected as the Chair of Credentials Committee during the 51st Session of ITTC.
This Page was updated on 19 March 2018 and will be updated on 19 July 2018
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