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Forty-first Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees

6-11 November 2006 | Yokohama, Japan

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Highlights for Friday, 10 November 2006

Delegates met on Friday, 10 November, at the Pacifico Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan, for the fifth day of the Forty-first Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-41). In the morning, delegates met in the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Finance and Administration, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management to address outstanding agenda items and review the reports of the respective Committees. In the afternoon, the joint Consumer-Producer Caucus reported back to the Council. The Council also addressed contributions to the Bali Partnership Fund, the Switzerland/Ghana proposal on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through avoiding deforestation and forest degradation, and the recommendations of the Fellowship Selection Panel.

Below: Japan and Papua New Guinea shake hands after Japan’s announcement of a US$300,000 contribution towards the costs of hosting ITTC-42 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

On Friday, the CEM/CFI considered the draft report of their thirty-ninth session, and the CFI elected the Chair and Vice-Chair for 2007. The CRF reviewed the report of the Committee and forwarded it to the Council for approval. The CFA discussed a financial agreement to cover external costs for holding ITTC-42 in Papua New Guinea and approved the draft report of its 20th session.



Bipin Behari (India) said he intended to withdraw and re-submit a project proposal that had not been approved on productivity enhancement of tropical forests of Uttar Pradesh. Moraima Goudet Roower (Venezuela)
Flip Van Helden (the Netherlands – left) joined Council members in thanking outgoing Chair Petrus Gunarso (Indonesia) for his hard work and commitment during his tenure.



From left to right: Chair James Singh (Guyana) and Mahboob Hasan (ITTO Secretariat) Hideo Fukushima (Japan) announced a contribution of US$300,000 to cover the remaining gap in funding for holding ITTC-42 in Papua New Guinea.
Freezailah Che Yeom (Malaysia) expressed appreciation for Japan’s generous contribution. Ambassador Michael M. Maue (Papua New Guinea) thanked Japan, calling the contribution “a signal of solidarity and cooperation.”

In an afternoon session, Council discussed a proposed decision that would call for participation in the UNFCCC "Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Avoided Deforestation and Forest Degradation" process.

Alfredo Carrasco (Ecuador) outlined Ecuador's new National Decentralized Forest Control System. Boundjouw Sama (Togo)
Erika del Rocio López Rojas (Mexico) Jürgen Blaser (Switzerland) presented on “Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Avoiding Deforestation and Forest Degradation – the UNFCCC process and its implications for ITTO.” Asianto Sinambela (Indonesia)
Luiz César Gasser (Brazil) suggested that ITTO had a mandate only to monitor developments and exchange information with UNFCCC. Sandra Ribey (Canada) said that UNFCCC might appreciate assistance with technical work on carbon sinks, but warned against measures that might restrict land use.
Council Chair Koichi Ito (Japan) Marcel Vernooij (the Netherlands) noted that his government is in discussion with the Secretariat on the establishment of a thematic programme on forest law enforcement and governance and related trade, and is considering making a substantial contribution to this. Collins Ahadome (ITTO Secretariat)



Cameroon delegation, from left to right: Schadrak Ondoua Ekotto, Denis Koulagna Koutou, Emmanuel Ze Meka and Parfait Mimbini Essono.

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Related Links

ITTC-41 General Information and Supporting Documents
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
FAO Forestry

Links to ENB/YMB coverage

ENB coverage of the Sixth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF 6)
ENB coverage of ITTC-39
ENB coverage of ITTC-37
ENB coverage of UN Conference for the Negotiation for a Successor Agreement to the ITTA, 1994
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YMB summary from the Europe and North Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Conference (HTM, PDF)
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