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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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Midweek at ITTC-43

The forty-third session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) completed its third day of deliberations in Yokohama, Japan today. Participants convened in morning and afternoon Council sessions to discuss key issues, including: the draft Biennial Work Programme 2008-2009, restrictions on trade in tropical timber species; ITTO Objective 2000; and forest-related developments in the UNFCCC and their potential implications for ITTO.

In the afternoon, participants convened in a Joint Committee session to discuss ex-post evaluations and the promotion of exchange of information on experiences in implementing SFM at the regional level. Participants later convened in concurrent sessions of the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence; the Committee on Forest Industry; the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management; and the Committee on Finance and Administration. Contact groups were held throughout the day on: Guidelines for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Tropical Timber Production Forests; Thematic Programmes; the draft Action Plan; and the Biennial Work Programme.

In the evening, participants enjoyed a reception hosted by the Government of Cameroon.

Above: Executive Director Emmanuel Ze Meka with Council Chair Ambassador Luis Macchiavello Amoroz and Vice-Chair Katharina Kuehmayer, during the morning Council session.

Wednesday, November 7
Council Session

Patrice Harou, consultant.

Jürgen Blaser presented on ITTO and climate change.

Marcelo Schmid, consultant, STCP.

Hideaki Takai, Japan.

Enzo Barattini, European Community.

Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat.

Mudasiru Adekunle Ajileye, Nigeria.

Norini Haron, Malaysia.

Yuyu Rahayu, Indonesia.
Joint Committee Session

Don Wijewardana, consultant.

Luis Alfonso Escobar Trujillo, Colombia.

Marc Dourojeanni, consultant.
Committee Session CRF

The Committee on Restoration and Forest Management (CRF), chaired by Flip van Helden, the Netherlands, met on Wednesday afternoon to continue reviewing implementation of approved project and pre-project proposals under consideration and discussed project and pre-project proposals and policy work.

Suchat Kalayawongsa, Thailand.


Ursula Horn, Germany.
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 Wednesday afternoon to discuss: the study on international transportation of timber products; the promotion of wood-based bioenergy; and the facilitation of information exchange for investment opportunities.

Jean-Jacques Landrot, Adviser, Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT).

Barney Chan, Trade Advisory Group (TAG) Coordinator.

Michele Mire, United States.

Hwan Ok Ma, ITTO Secretariat.

Tabi Agyarko, Ghana.

Lauren Flejzor, ITTO Secretariat.
Committee Session CFA

The Committee on Finance and Administration met to discuss the Biennial Workplan Budget and a draft decision on relieving Liberia's debt.

Chiho Horiuchi, Japan.

ITTO Executive Director Emmanuel Ze Meka.

John T. Woods, Liberia.
Around ITTC-43
The "mixed doubles document-reading" craze is sweeping Japan.

Conference staff from the City of Yokohama posed with members of the ITTO Secretariat and YOKE.

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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