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A one-stop location for information on big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla, Meliaceae)


A websearch for ‘big-leaf mahogany’ or ‘Swietenia macrophylla’ will return a vast number of results. Here we annotate a few recommended websites for further information.

CITES links

An excellent overview of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) involvement in mahogany conservation is available at: http://www.cites.org/eng/prog/mwg.shtml.

Here you will find a complete documentary history of Appendix II listing proposals beginning in 1992, including reports from Mahogany Working Group meetings since the Appendix II listing went into effect in 2003. This page’s left sidebar also links to the ITTO-CITES Programme for Implementing CITES Listings of Tropical Timber Species at: http://www.cites.org/eng/prog/itto.shtml

Another useful CITES-related website is hosted by CONABIO, Mexico’s Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento e Uso de la Biodiversidad (National Commision on the Knowledge & Use of Biodiversity). In November 2008 CONABIO convened the International Expert Workshop on CITES Non-Detriment Findings in Cancún, Mexico in an effort to develop protocols for non-detriment findings (NDF) required for Appendix II-listed species: http://www.conabio.gob.mx/institucion/cooperacion_internacional/TallerNDF/taller_ndf.html

ITTO links

Since the early 1990s ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization) has played a key role in advancing mahogany conservation and supporting research designed to improved forest management practices for natural forest populations. ITTO’s website for the ITTO-CITES Programme for Implementing CITES Listings of Tropical Timber Species, with additional links (see especially ‘CITES > Outputs’ in the left sidebar), is at: http://www.itto.int/cites_programme/

You can search ‘III Taller Latino Americano del Programa ITTO-CITES para Asegurar que el Comercio Internacional de las Especies Maderables Incluidas en CITES es Consistente con su Manejo Sostenible y Conservación’ for summary reports from the Workshop held 15–17 February 2011 in Brasília, DF, Brazil.

US Government links

The United States federal government maintains several mahogany-related websites. The US Fish & Wildlife Service is the US CITES Scientific Authority, see: http://www.fws.gov/ international/DMA_DSA/CITES/timber/mahogany.html

For natural history details see the Natural Resources Conservation Service at: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol= SWMA

Our research was featured in two posts by Diane Banegas on the USDA Science Tuesday Blog on August 30, 2011:

NGO links

Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been heavily involved in mahogany conservation over the past 20 years, including (to name only a few): CIEL (Center for International Environmental Law), CI (Conservation International), Defenders of Wildlife, the Global Trees Campaign, Greenpeace, IMAZON (Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia), NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), Rainforest Alliance, and WWF (WorldWide Fund for Nature). More information about big-leaf mahogany can be found at their websites.

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