International agreements on the use of tropical hardwoods There are also international agreements on the use of tropical hardwoods and logging. The International Tropical Woods Agreement was established in 2006 to “promote the expansion and diversification of international trade in tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested forests and promote the sustainable management of tropical timber-producing forests.” 71 countries have signed the UN-sponsored agreement. International agreements – Tropical hardwoods, such as mahogany, are in high demand in rich countries to make furniture. This high demand leads to an increase in the rate of illegal deforestation. To overcome these international agreements, there is a restriction of wood that does not come from a sustainable source imported into the countries. FSC is an example. The Forest Stewardship Council buys sustainable wood and identifies these products with their logo so that traders know that the wood is being purchased sustainably. ITTA3 (2006) aims to “promote the expansion and diversification of international trade in tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested forests and to promote sustainable management of tropical timber-producing forests.” [1] It came into effect on December 7, 2011. [2] b) International agreements – Tropical forest wood provides wood for furniture and is in high demand because of its good quality.

This is why many international agreements make the policy that the countries concerned will completely ban the trade in hardwoods. Keywords – Debt reduction – countries are freed up some of their debt in exchange for the protection of their tropical forests. Ecotourism – responsible trips to natural areas that preserve the environment, preserve the well-being of local people and can involve education. It is usually done in small groups and has minimal impact on the local ecosystem. Selective cutting – cutting mature or lower trees to encourage the growth of remaining trees in a forest or wood. Sustainability – measures and forms of progress that meet current needs without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. ITTA2 (1994) was developed to ensure that tropical timber exports come from sustainably managed sources by the year 2000 and to create a fund to help tropical timber producers obtain the resources needed to achieve this goal. The mandate of the International Tropical Timber Organization has also been defined.