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34th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees 
12 - 17 May 2003 Panama City, Panama 

Highlights for Thursday, 15 May 2003

Participants to ITTC-34 held a Council session and met in producing and consumer caucuses. The Council considered CITES listing proposals, activities related to Objective 2000, and issues affecting market access for tropical timber. The producer and consumer groups discussed elements of draft decisions. 

Above photo: Many delegates participated in a field trip to the Panama Canal where they watched real time images of ships entering the Miraflores Locks.

Council Session:

Patrick Hardcastle (right), ITTO Consultant, says the ITTO should support operator and managerial training initiatives and provide technical expertise on industry restructuring in Guyana.

James Singh (GUYANA), stresses that more work is needed in Guyana on lesser used species and improving market access.

Jeffrey Sayer (left), Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development, encourages the submission of an ITTC project proposal on capacity building and information management in Trinidad and Tobago.

Sheriff Faizool, (Trinidad and Tobago), recommends the Caribbean region as a venue for future workshops and meetings.

Jürgen Blaser, (Switzerland), reported on progress in implementing national training workshops on the use of ITTO formats for reporting on SFM, conducted under ITTO Decision 9(XXX). He explained that the objectives of the workshops include: testing and using C&I as tools for sustainable management at the forest management unit level; informing and training managers; exchanging experiences; and reviewing the pertinence of C&I at the forest management unit level.

Malaysia said that ITTO is the appropriate forum to address sustainable forest management, but called for better communication of its benefits worldwide.

Canada noted that the US-Canada WTO dispute on softwood lumber is still pending, and opposed equating low stumpage fees from forests concessions with a subsidy.       

Underscoring that members have frequently been reminded to submit their national reports, ITTO Executive Director Manoel Sobral  urged all countries that have not yet done so, to submit their reports using the approved reporting formats, as soon as possible.

ENB Snapshots:
 Field Trip to the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal


ENB Summary of ITTC-33 in PDF (English)

ITTO website, with documents for the meeting (includes provisional agendas),
and information about the ITTO.

Linkages forests, desertification and land issues page, including a brief introduction
to global forest policy

UNFF Website

FAO Website 

Recent SD coverage on Forest:

4th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE)

UNFF Country Led Initiative

International Conference on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management (CICI)

Trade and Sustainable Forest Management 


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