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Forty-second Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-42) and Associated Sessions of the Committees
7-12 May 2007, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)

Summary Report


May 2007

ITTC-42 Highlights: Monday, 7 May 2007

The forty-second session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) convened in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 7 May, and will continue their meetings until Saturday, 12 May 2007.

The Council is considering a wide range of issues, including: forest law enforcement and governance in the context of sustainable tropical timber trade; inclusion of additional timber species under CITES; and developments in the UNFCCC related to forests and their potential implications for tropical forests and the world tropical timber economy.

Morning Session

Morning plenary

The Right Honorable Grand Chief Michael Somare, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, noted that Papua New Guinea is leading a coalition to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries.

Senator Dato’ Vijayaratnam S. Seevaratnam, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia, urged selection of the new ITTO Executive Director by consensus from among the three Producer country candidates.

Emile Doumba, Minister of Forest Economy, Water and Fisheries, Gabon, highlighted the Yaoundé Declaration and the COMIFAC Convergence Plan, and urged support for the African candidate for ITTO Executive Director, Emanuel Zemeka.
Manoel Sobral Filho, ITTO Executive Director, noted that the current session will release a report highlighting the Organization’s achievements over the last 20 years, including financing projects to assist implementation of policies.

Ambassador Luis Macchiavello Amoroz, ITTC-42 Chair, stated that major issues to be discuss at this session include the selection of a new Executive Secretary and the ratification of ITTA, 2006 by all relevant governments.

Pastor Moresby Tunge, Bible Church of Papua New Guinea (PNG), opened the Council session with a prayer.

Greenpeace clarified their position regarding forest destruction.

Afternoon Session

Joint Committee Session: On Monday, Joint Committee Chair Chantal Adingra, Côte D’Ivoire, introduced the provisional agendas of the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry and Reforestation and Forest Management.

Adjumane Aime Kadio, Forest Development Society, Côte D’Ivoire, gave a presentation on an industrial teak plantation project and the use of cloning, noting that the savannah component of the project had to be abandoned due to civil conflict.

Delegates heard reports of completed projects and pre-projects during the meeting of the Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence and the Committee on Forest Industry chaired by Chantal Adingra, Côte D’Ivoire, and the Committee on Forest Industry (CFI), chaired by Dani Pitoyo, Indonesia.

In the evening, Patrick Pruaitch, Minister of Forests, PNG, hosted a reception and cultural performance, and launched a new book by Arnold Mundua titled "Elep Returns" , a story written from the perspective of a tree, that gets turned in to paper.

Delegates receive warm reception upon arrival at Jackson Airport, Port Moresby.

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