ISTF’s mission is to facilitate and promote sharing of best practices for the effective management, protection, and equitable and ecologically sustainable use of tropical forests and natural resources in the tropical and subtropical regions across the globe.



Our Story

Founded in the 1950s in response to a worldwide concern for the fate of tropical and subtropical forests, the International Society of Tropical Foresters is committed to the protection, wise management and rational use of the world’s tropical forests. After a 5 year hiatus, the organization was reactivated in 2017. Since then, more than 1600 people from around the world have joined.

ISTF’s focus is on being a communication/education network to disseminate scientific knowledge and best practices for the sustainable, equitable management and conservation of the world’s tropical forests. We want to promote communication between the field practitioner and researchers and policy makers, embracing the interdisciplinary diversity of tropical forestry.

We are working to become an organization with a global core directorate and semiautonomous regional/country/organizational chapters, which act toward our mission and vision. 



The International Society of Tropical Foresters acknowledges the HPCf of the University of Puerto Rico for hosting this website, with support from the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) INBRE grant P20 GM103475 from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bioinformatics Research Core of INBRE.

ISTF is Social

WEBINAR: How can we strengthen the contribution of forests in reaching EU climate goals? 20 Sep 2022 15-16.30 CET. Information at https://efi.int/policysupport/thinkforest/eu_climate_goals

Webinar: Consumer Demand for Sustainable Products in Asia: Successes and challenges 21 Sept 2021 Information and access recording at https://www.iisd.org/events/consumer-demand-sustainable-products-asia-successes-and-challenges

Nature in our Climate Budgets from the Amazon to the Arctic. Interconnected ecosystems from tropical rain forests to frozen northern tundra play powerful roles in our global climate system. 21 Sep 2022 645pm ET USA (UTC-4) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnX6fJW3ndt2bJWnIpLIqbA

WEBINAR: Powering the Energy Access Workforce of the Future 19 Sep 2022 10:00 AM - 11.30 PM EDT (UTC-4) https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EXk7c_OjRUmM8lHX0pPDIQ