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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 Enters Final Stages of Deliberations

The forty-third session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) completed its fourth day of deliberations in Yokohama, Japan today. In the morning, participants convened in parallel sessions of the associated committees.

The Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF) met to discuss, inter alia, a draft decision on the adoption of guidelines for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in tropical timber producing countries. The Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA) resumed discussion of the draft biennial budget 2008-2009, with debate focused around whether funding for a proposed new ITTO Assistant Director position can be approved prior to the ITTA, 2006 entering into force.

The Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence (CEM) and the Committee on Forest Industry (CFI) met to discuss key agenda items, including the draft terms of reference for a study on subsidies affecting tropical timber products proposed by New Zealand.

At lunch, the Panel on Sub-Account B of the Bali Partnership Fund met to identify sustainable forest management projects eligible for funding. For the remainder of the afternoon, participants convened in an open-ended drafting group led by Vice-Chair Katharina Kuehmayer, Austria, to address issues that have eluded consensus thus far, mostly related to the draft Biennial Work Programme.

Above: Pacifico Yokohama, ITTC-43 venue.

Thursday, 8 November
Committee on Finance and Administration

Charas Mayura, ITTO Finance/Administration Officer.

Bledee Dagbe, Liberia.

Li Qiang, Ministry of Commerce, China.
Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence /
Committee on Forest Industry

Florence Soriano, the Philippines.

Meredith Stokdijk, New Zealand.

Celestine Ntsame-Okwo, Gabon.
Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management

Patrick Hardcastle, United Kingdom.

Valéria Cristina Rigueira, Brazil.

Alicia Grimes, United States.
Around ITTC-43

Participants huddled during a committee session.

Participants conferred in the corridor during the drafting group meeting.

Origami cranes, hats, shirts, a piano and a balloon, by Yokohama city employees.

Delegates from the Philippines conferred with Executive Director Emmanuel Ze Meka.

Yokohama harbor at sunset.

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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