The Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux is an alliance of timber sector companies and organisations in Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast, largely European timber traders and associations, NGOs and other international agencies. Its goal, to promote the sustainable development of the central African timber sector, and promote its business and products on the international stage.


  • Plant A Tree Today Foundation

    Goal to restore biologically diverse forest in deforested or degraded areas. Primarily active in Thailand and Indonesia, but with projects elsewhere.
  • Center for People and Forests

    Focused on community forestry project development in the Asia Pacific region and generally advocates increased community involvement in forest management. Based in Bangkok, a hub for community forest training and research, and strategic partnerships between NGOs and development organisations.


  • FERN

    The Forests and the European Union Resource Network is an international group that monitors EU forestry strategy and involvement and coordinate's NGO activities. Primarily know for work on forests, it also addresses general trade and climate issues.
  • European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition

    Launched by Netherlands government backed agency, IDH-the Sustainable Trade Initiative, the STTC's goal is to revive and develop the European tropical timber sector, with the premise that a healthy market for sustainably produced timber provides commercial underpinning for forest maintenance. The initial goal was to increase sustainable certified material's share of the EU tropical timber market to 30% by 2015. Supporters include business, government, NGOs, industry associations and local authorities. Working groups are focused on communication, legality and sustainability, encouraging business links and technical issues (including encouraging use of lesser known tropical species). The latter is backing a website giving technical information on these species (

North America

  • Sierra Club

    US-based, one of longest established environmental NGOs, and now one of the biggest with 2.4 million people. A broad ranging environmental remit, but particularly focused on wilderness preservation, and forest conservation. Has helped secure protection for 250m acres of American land.

South America

  • Brazilian Tropical Forest Institute

    Aims are promotion and improvement of forest management for multiple use in the Amazon. Undertakes forest management skills capacity building and training of industry professionals and forest community representatives. Founded as a subsidiary of the US-based Tropical Forest Foundation.
  • Amazon Watch

    Works with indigenous groups and environmental organizations to safeguard the Amazon's ecological systems and local people's interests.
  • Imazon

    Non-profit research institution focused on sustainable development of the Amazon including the balance of natural resource use and conservation.


  • Rainforest Trust

    Rainforest Trust purchases and protects threatened tropical forests, working with local communities to build forest management skills and capacities.
  • Rainforest Foundation

    Mission is to support indigenous and traditional rainforest peoples in defence of their rights and environmental protection.
  • Rainforest Foundation Fund

    Charitable foundation that works closely with indigenous peoples in forest conservation. Rainforest Foundation UK focuses on Africa; Rainforest Foundation US on Central and South America and Rainforest Foundation Norway on Southeast Asia. These all issue grants to projects on the ground involving indigenous groups.
  • Rainforest Alliance

    Founder member of the Forest Stewardship Council and closely associated with the scheme as its leading certifying body worldwide. Also offers a certification scheme for recovered wood from sources not covered by other certification programmes. Also strong backer of community forestry projects.
  • Rainforest Action Network

    Campaigns for forest conservation, working in close association with their inhabitants and local activists. Distributes money to other groups through the Climate Action Fund. Lobbies government, industry and the banking sector.
  • Global Forest Watch

    Live satellite forest area monitoring system, developed by World Forest Institute in association with Google.
  • Global Forest Coalition

    Coalition of NGOs and indigenous peoples organizations advocating rights of forest-dependent peoples and addressing the direct and underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation.
  • Global Environmental Institute

    A Chinese organization with the aim of mission of devising market-based ?models for solving environmental problems', including deforestation.
  • Global Canopy Programme

    Aim to demonstrate scientific, political and financial case for safeguarding tropical forests as a global natural capital asset. Focuses are Forests and Human Security, Drivers of Deforestation, Forests and Finance, and Natural Capital Accountability. Its Forest Programme, formerly the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project, challenges companies to report on their sourcing of forest commodity products. The results are assessed and companies' performance in terms of deforestation risk rated and published. This initiative is backed by investment businesses with $15 trillion of assets. Author of the Forests Now Declaration advocating using carbon credits to protect tropical forests.
  • Friends of the Earth

    One of the big three international eNGOs, with two million supporters and 75 national member groups. Differentiated as ?grassroots' network, as it brings together 5,000 local activist groups worldwide. Goal is sustainable social and environmental alternatives to current models of economic and corporate globalization. Forest campaign works with local communities and indigenous peoples to conserve forests and increase community management of forests. Against large-scale plantations and ?financialization of forests and biodiversity'.
  • Forest Peoples Programme

    Works with forest peoples in South America, Africa, and Asia, to help secure their rights, develop their management capacities and liaise with governments and industry on their behalf on issues of economic development and conservation.
  • Environmental Investigation Agency

    Role to investigate and to highlight ?environmental crime' through high profile campaigning. Forests and forestry are a key focus. Works with other agencies and civil society local bodies, and liaises closely with enforcement bodies, including Interpol.
  • Community Forestry International

    Supports forest dependent communities develop forest management skills and strategies and defend their rights. Now involved in community-based REDD projects.
  • International Partnership for Forestry Education

    The IPFE is a not-for-profit, voluntary partnership focused on university-level forestry education globally. IPFE's aim is forestry education that is contemporary, locally relevant and globally connected, and responsive to the global development agenda. It facilitates partnerships between university forestry educators and other relevant institutions. ITTO is a member.

    Network focused on conservation of unprotected high conservation value forest in Finland, Sweden and Norway.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature

    Largest global environmental organisation, with 1,200 government and NGO members, 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries, and 1,000 staff in 45 offices. Goal is development of ?nature-based solutions' to environmental challenges. Supports research, manages field projects and works with governments, NGOs, the UN and industry on policy development.
  • International Analogue Forestry Network (IAFN)

    Supports consortia of small farmers and indigenous people to restore productivity and viability of degraded forest areas.
  • Greenpeace

    One of the eNGO giants with 2.8 million supporters worldwide. Forests and forestry are a core focus. Objective to end ?illegal and destructive logging' of ancient forests and to support indigenous forestry people's rights. An active monitor of the effectiveness of anti-illegal timber regulation, including the US Lacey Act, EU Timber Regulation and Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Regulation. Major advocate of FSC certification scheme.
  • Tropical Forest Foundation

    International, non-profit, educational institution focused on environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and social responsibility through sustainable forest management (SFM). Works with industry, government, and academia, research and conservation groups to improve sustainable management of tropical forests and enhance their economic value. Particularly known for encouraging take up of reduced impact logging.
  • TFT

    TFT is an international non-profit organisation working with business and communities to deliver their forest products responsibly. Supports creation of products in the wood, pulp & paper and palm oil that respect the environment. Its team includes business, social and environmental experts.
  • ITTO

    Established in 1986 under the auspices of the UN on the premise that key to tropical forests' sustainable development is viable trade in timber from well-managed resources. Governed by an international council drawn from member countries worldwide, with an executive in Yokohama, the ITTO manages its own sustainable timber and forest development projects, funded by voluntary contribution. It develops international policy on sustainable forest management and conservation, engaging with government, civil society and trade. Another key role is collation, analysis and dissemination of trade data, including via its Update and Report publications.
  • Forest Legality Alliance

    International, multi-stakeholder initiative backed by the World Resources Institute and Environmental Investigation Agency, designed to achieve better forest governance and biodiversity conservation by reducing demand for illegally harvested forest products and increasing the capacity of supply chains to deliver legal wood and paper. Has created a forest Risk Information Tool and Sustainable Procurement Guide.
  • Chatham House

    The illegal logging portal, hosted and maintained by Chatham House, provides information on illegal logging and the trade in illegal timber around the world.
  • WWF Global Forest Trade Network

    The GFTN is a WWF-led partnership of over 300 companies, communities, NGOs, and entrepreneurs in over 30 countries with the aim of developing the market for environmentally responsible forest products.
  • WWF

    The biggest environmental NGO with 5 million members worldwide and working in 100 countries. Combines advocacy, lobbying, research and actions on key issues, including forestry. Through sustainable forestry and timber production and use, its Living Forests Report sets a target for meeting increased global consumption of forest and wood products with zero net deforestation and degradation (ZNDD) by 2020. Its provides strategies for optimizing use and benefits of wood without diminishing the natural capital in the forests.
  • World Rainforest Movement

    Focused on protection of rainforest through conservation, sustainable management and plantation forestry and on local people's rights.
  • World Forest Institute

    Part of the World Forestry Center, focusing on professional development and education for foresters and other natural resource professionals, including land managers, researchers, educators, attorneys, investors and the timber industry.
  • Tropenbos International

    Dutch-based and government-backed international body focused on combating tropical deforestation and forest degradation. Supports forest dialogue and development between developing countries and the Netherlands and backs sustainable forestry as provider of ecosystem services and engine of economic development.

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