Much of world's tropical forests managed poorly

AP News
Posted: Jun 07, 2011 10:54 AM
Much of world's tropical forests managed poorly

Large swaths of the world's tropical forests have been officially shielded from deforestation, but an international organization says that may not be enough.

A newly published report says much of the land kept for permanent use as forests isn't being managed sustainably or aren't being managed at all.

The International Tropical Timber Organization says in its report that it has counted 761 million hectares (1.88 billion acres) of so-called "permanent forest estate." But only 10 percent of that land is being managed sustainably, the Tokyo-based organization said Tuesday.

The ITTO is composed of 33 member nations who together account for 1.42 billion hectares of tropical forest, or 85 percent of the world's total.