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Resumed Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3)

3-5 April 2013 | Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Highlights for Thursday, 4 April 2013
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On Thursday, 4 April, the Resumed Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) opened with a report by Facilitator Ingwald Gschwandtl, Austria, on the compliance contact group's suggested changes in the draft negotiating text. The group proposed adding a provision on the secretariat compiling reports submitted by parties, but deleting provisions on analyzing reviews, assisting parties in LBA implementation, scientific and technical assessment of parties' reports, and considering written submissions from stakeholders. The text was not finalized pending the outcome of the discussions on bringing the LBA under the UN umbrella.

On terms and definitions, the Committee discussed the section paragraph-by-paragraph, agreeing on definitions for: criteria for SFM; illegal harvesting; national forest programme; SFM; and regional economic integration organization. They deleted the term “afforestation.” A contact group was formed, to be facilitated by Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine, to meet in the evening to try to finalize the section.

On finance, the Committee agreed to request the Bureau to prepare a paper outlining major cost elements, possible funding sources and options for draft text.

On bringing the LBA under the UN umbrella, the Committee decided to to do so thereby excluding non-UN options. It further explored the implications of selecting one or more UN bodies to host and service the agreement, and held an initial exchange of views about which organizations delegates preferred.

The Committee restructured and streamlined the draft negotiating text of the LBA largely along the lines of an EU proposal.

The Committee briefly discussed the revised negotiations roadmap, focusing on both what tasks need to be done before INC4 in June 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, and what must occur between INC4 and the diplomatic conference tentatively slated for November 2013.

The Resumed Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe)
The venue entrance
Room view during the plenary
Jan Heino, INC-Forests Chair, Finland
Alexandra Orekhovich, Russian Federation
Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
Ingwald Gschwandtl, Austria
Eugene Hendrick, Ireland, speaking for the EU
Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine
Knut Øistad, Norway
Merab Matchavariani, Georgia
Ivonne Higuero, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs, INC-Forests Secretary
Mona Ali Khalil, UN Office of Legal Affairs
Participants Networking
Around the INC
Related Links
Meeting resources

*Meeting website and documents

*Annotated provisional agenda

*Draft negotiating text for a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe as of the end of INC3 Plenary session on the afternoon of 1 February 2013

*Draft Annex on arbitration and other annexes to the draft negotiating text

*Updated Roadmap for the negotiation process

*Oslo Mandate

*INC-Forests1 website

*INC-Forests2 website

*INC-Forests3 website

Other relevant resources


*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)

*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry Department

IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests3, 28 January - 1 February 2013, Antalya, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 5 November 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS summary report of INC-Forests2, 3-7 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011, 29 14-16 June 2011, Oslo, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the UNFF (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues

*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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