290 pages, Figs, tabs, maps
Written by one of the most influential figures in forest management for the last two decades, this is a history of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). Like its predecessor No Timber Without Trees (1992), this book will be influential in the continuing international debate about the future of forests, in the work of the UN Forum on Forests, in determining the most practical approaches to improving the management of tropical forests and in the renegotiation of the International Tropical Timber Agreement itself.
'A historic contribution to forest policy, Changing Landscapes not only identifies the history of the ITTA and ITTO, but the multilateral geopolitical and policy context in which ITTO was conceived, born and grew. I found this a fascinating book to read; having worked with ITTO for almost a decade, it gave me a breathtaking, 360-degree view of what I experienced as a policy-maker and negotiator in the ITTO, the IPF, IFF and UNFF' JAN L MCALPINE, Vice Chairman, International Tropical Timber Council, 2003 (Senior Negotiator and Forest Lead, United States Department of State) 'This very important and timely book offers both a witty insight into the workings of an intergovernmental organization and a lively overview of the past, present and possible future of the world's tropical forests. Dr Poore shows that ITTO has played an important role in facilitating the wise management of tropical forest lands, but that more support - particularly from consumer countries and the environmental NGO community - is desperately needed' Jose Carlos CARVALHO, Former Minister of Environment, Brazil, Current Secretary of Environment, Minas Gerais State, Brazil 'Several years ago CIFOR surveyed leading experts from around the world to find out which books had been most influential in international debates about forests. To no one's surprise No Timber Without Trees the path breaking book on sustainable management of tropical forests by a team led by Duncan Poore, came out almost at the top. This new book by Poore on the history of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) will undoubtedly receive similar acclaim. Anyone interested in global forestry issues needs to know about the ITTO; and the best way to find out is to read Poore's book' David KAIMOWITZ, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
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