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Thirty-seventh Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees

13-18 December 2004, Yokohama, Japan

 Earth Negotiations Bulletin - ENB
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Highlights for Tuesday, 14 December 2004


On Tuesday morning, delegates met in Plenary to admit observers, hear the report of the Informal Advisory Group (IAG) and address CITES listings proposals. Delegates also discussed the negotiations of the successor agreement to the ITTA, 1994 and ITTO Objective 2000. In the afternoon, delegates convened in the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence and on Forest Industry (CEM/CFI), the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF) to, inter alia, review projects and pre-projects and activities in progress and consider policy work. The Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA) discussed, inter alia, the proposed indicative 2005 Administrative Budget and the current status of the Administrative Account.

Above photo L-R: Council session dais with Chair Jan McAlpine, ITTO Executive Director Manoel Sobral Filho (ITTO), Ambassador Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos (Brazil) and Jürgen Blaser (Switzerland)


Henri Djombo, Minister of Forest Economy and the Environment of Congo, described projects being carried out in Congo with ITTO support and announced that the second Summit of Heads of State on the sustainable forest management of the Congo Basin would be held in Brazzaville in 2005.

Chair McAlpine, invited the Council to admit five new observers to ITTO (ITTC(XXXVII)/Info.3). She also summarized the report of the fifteenth meeting of the IAG (ITTC(XXXVII)/2).

Amb. Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos (Brazil), President of the UN Conference on the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the ITTA, 1994, stressed the importance of completing the negotiation of the successor agreement no later than 18 February 2005.

The Secretariat informed Council that no new proposals by ITTO members on species listing had been made at the thirteenth CITES Conference of the Parties and said that CITES and ITTO Secretariats are important partners. 

Above photo: Manoel Sobral Filho, ITTO Executive Director in consultation with Steve Johnson (ITTO)

FIJI mentioned its increased efforts to interact with forest sector stakeholders and the need for financial support to achieve SFM. Above photo: Mititeli B. (Fiji)

A.J. Leslie (ITTO consultant)(above) presented the recommendations of a diagnostic mission to Fiji in support of achieving ITTO Objective 2000 (ITTC(XXXVII)/5).

NEW ZEALAND questioned why C&I and other certification mechanisms were not suggested as recommendations to achieve SFM in Fiji. Above photo L-R: Charlotte Cudby and Don Wijewardana (New Zealand)

COLOMBIA suggested that other countries’ experiences could help Fiji’s implementation of SFM. 
Above photo: Camilo Aldana (Colombia)


Above photo L-R: The dais during CEM/CFI with Hwan Ok Ma (ITTO) Paul Vantomme (ITTO), CFI Chair Astrid Bergquist, CEM Chair Yeo-Chang Youn, Amha Bin Buang (ITTO) and Steve Johnson (ITTO).


Norini Haron
(Malaysia), presented a project proposal on improving utilization and value adding of plantation timbers in Malaysia.

INDONESIA presented a project proposal promoting non-timber forest products based on community participation in forestry management and village industry. Above photo L-R: Sri Murniningtyas and Hilman Affandi (Indonesia)

Switzerland offered to host a workshop on phased approaches to certification.
Above photo: Franz Perrez (Switzerland)


Above photo: View of the CRF session. 

Ecuador presented its completed project on conservation and peace in the Condor Range region of Ecuador and Peru. Above photo: Marco Vinueza (Ecuador)

Côte d'Ivoire explained how the recent political crisis in his country affects project and pre-project implementation. Above photo L-R: Coulibaly Drissa and Me Kouame Martial (Côte d'Ivoire) 

Above photo: CRF dais chaired by A.S.K. Boachie-Dapaah (Ghana) (center)
ittc-37 ENB SNAPSHOTS:  

Above photos L-R: Delegates from Ghana with Kwame Asumadu, J.K.A. Wireko-Brobby, Tabi Agyarku, Joe Cobbina, CRF Chair A.S.K. Boachie-Dapaah and Fredua Agyeman; Y. Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Freezailah bin Che Yeom in consultation with Alf Lelsie, ITTO consultant; Delegates from the United states with Brent McClendon, Brian Woodward, Thomas Westcot, and Anne Divjak.

Above photo L-R: Enzo Barattini (European Community) in discussion with a delegate; Romeo Acosta and Ricardo Umali, Philippine delegates to ITTC-37; Kwame Asumadu (Ghana) and Parfait Mimbini Esono (National working Group on Certification, Cameroon)

Links |

ITTO website, with provisional program, documents
for the meeting, and information about the ITTO.
ENB summary from ITTC-36: (HTML, PDF, TEXT).
ENB summary from ITTC-35: (HTML, PDF, TEXT).
ENB summary from ITTA: English (HTML, PDF, TEXT) - French (PDF).
Linkages forests, desertification and land issues page,
including a brief introduction to global forest policy. 
UNFF Secretariat


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