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ITTO 43rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council
and Associated Sessions of the Committees

Yokohama, Japan | 5-10 November 2007
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ITTC-43 Enters Second Day

On Tuesday, the forty-third session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) entered its second day of deliberations in Yokohama, Japan. Participants met in morning and afternoon Council sessions to: receive a report on the Annual Review and Assessment of the World Timber Situation; discuss preparations for entry into force of the ITTA, 2006; review the Yokohama Action Plan and discuss a draft of the new new action plan for 2008-2013; review progress under the Biennial Work Programme 2005-2007; and receive an overview of the draft Biennial Work Programme 2008-2009.

In the late afternoon, participants convened in concurrent sessions of the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence; the Committee on Forest Industry; and the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management. Following this, the Committee on Finance and Administration met in the evening to discuss the relief of Liberia's debt to the ITTO.

Above: John T. Woods, Liberia, brought his country's request for debt relief before the CFA.

Tuesday, 6 November
Council Session

Wulf Killman, FAO.

Nogaj Mieczyslaw, Poland.

Frances Marie Maplesden, ITTO Secretariat.

Jan Abrahamsen, Norway.

B.C.Y. Freezailah, Malaysia.


Chantal Oltramare, Switzerland.

Mahboob Hasan, ITTO Secretariat.

Jon Heikki Aas, Norway.
Side-Event: CSAG Panel Discussion

The Civil Society Advisory Group held a side event to discuss the proposed Biennial Work Program 2008-2009, and featured presentations by the Rights and Resources Institute, FSC-Cameroon, Forest Peoples and Community Development, and the Governments of Brazil and Cameroon.

Augusta Molnar, Director, Community and Markets, Rights and Resources Initiative.

Yati Bun, Executive Director, Foundation of Peoples and Community Development, P.N.G.

Tasso Rezende Azevedo, Brazil, called for proposals to be more radical.
Council Session

In the afternoon, participants reconvened in plenary to receive a progress report on the Biennial Work Programme 2005-2007, and an overview of the draft Biennial Work Programme for 2008-2009, including administrative, project and strategic policy activities associated with Council, the four Committees, and the Secretariat.

Patrick Hardcastle, United Kingdom.

Jürgen Blaser, Switzerland.

ITTO Executive Director Emmanuel Ze Meka.

Stewart Maginnis, IUCN.

Jeffrey Sayer, IUCN.

Eva Müller, FAO.
Committee Session CRF

The Committee on Restoration and Forest Management (CRF), chaired by Flip van Helden, the Netherlands, met on Tuesday afternoon. They discussed the review of implementation of projects, a request for a project extension, and a special ITTO monitoring and evaluation mission to a project on sustainable mangrove management in Ecuador.

Fernando Montenegro, Fundacion Forestal Durini, Ecuador.

Chiho Horiuchi, Japan.

Pren Chand Kotwal, India.
Committee Session CEM/CFI

The Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence (CEM), chaired by Chantal Adingra (Côte d'Ivoire), and the Committee on Forest Industry (CFI), chaired by Dani Pitoyo (Indonesia), met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss policy issues including comparison criteria for forest certification; and capacity building for statistical work and continued work on country studies on timber market.

Marcel Vernooij, Netherlands.

Alhassan Atta, Ghana.

Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat, discussed statistical work.
Committee Session CFA

The Committee on Finance and Administration met late into the evening to discuss the debt relief request by the Government of Liberia and the draft Biennial Administrative Budget for 2008-2009.
Around ITTC-43

Tasso Rezende Azevedo basked in the glow of his laptop's screen during a presentation.

Lauren Flejzor, ITTO Secretariat, chatted with ENB's Twig Johnson.

Maiko Suzuki, ITTO Finance Assistant, behind stacks of documents during CFA.

Marcello Porto Chagas, BIONORTE, and João De Souza Lima, COOPERCAU, listened to an intervention during the afternoon Council session.

Related Links

ITTC-43 General Information and Supporting Documents
The Collaborative Partnership on Forests
The Convention on Biological Diversity: Programme on Forests
UNFCCC Workshop on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries
United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)

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