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The Forty-fourth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of the Four Committees

3-8 November 2008, in Yokohama, Japan

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Jürgen Blaser, ITTO Consultant, described the strong role of forests under the agenda of the UNFCCC agenda and the role that SFM can play in increasing the resilience of forest ecosystems to climate change.

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Highlights for Wednesday, 05 November 2008

On Wednesday, the forty-fourth session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) entered its third day of discussions in Yokohama, Japan. The Council met in the morning for the annual timber market discussion, followed by a side event on harnessing the economic benefits of environmental services generated through SFM.

In the afternoon, the Council met to discuss: links between ITTO and UNFCCC; measures to improve the ITTO project cycle and associated guidance manuals; and a progress report on the implementation of the ITTO Biennial Work Programme. This was followed by concurrent sessions of the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence; the Committee on Forest Industry; and the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management.

In the evening, the Committee on Finance and Administration met to discuss: the administrative budget for 2009; contributions to the administrative budget; and the current status of the administrative account. An ad-hoc working group met in the evening to continue discussions on thematic programs and another met to draft a decision on the ITTO Action Plan 2008-2013.

Charlotte Cudby, Nimmo-Bell, presented a side event on realizing economic benefits from environmental services from SFM, stressing the need to consider communitie's wants and needs.

Wednesday afternoon Council session. Jürgen Blaser, ITTO Consultant; Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat, Michael Maue, ITTC-44 Vice-Chair ; Katharina Kuehmayer, ITTC-44 Chair; Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO Executive Director; Takeichi Ishikawa, ITTO Secretariat.

B.C.Y. Freezailah, Malaysia Carolina Costellini, Brazil Hideaki Takai, Japan

James Gasana, Switzerland, presented on the revised ITTO Project Formulation Manual. Several delegates commented that the clarity of this guidance document has been significantly improved.

The Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management met on Wednesday to discuss policy work, including the application of the ITTO Criteria and Indicators for SFM, and consultation reports on the sustainable management of caoba stocks in Peru, and multipurpose forest inventory in Papua New Guinea. L-R: Floriano Pastore Jr., ITTO consultant; Steve Johnson, Hwan Ok Ma and Eduardo Mansur, ITTO Secretariat; Carlos Enrique Gonzales (Chair) and Hideaki Takai (Vice-Chair); John Leigh and Polycarpe Masupa-Kambale, ITTO Secretariat.

The Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence and the Committee on Forest Industry met to discuss project and pre-project proposals and policy work. L-R: Frances Maplesden and Amha Bin Buang, ITTO Secretariat; Michele Mire, US; Tetra Yanuariadi and Ramon Carrillo Arellano, ITTO Secretariat.

Participants conversing in the hallways.

In the evening, the Committee on Finance and Administration met to discuss the Review of the Staff Regulations and Rules of the Organization, the appointment of an auditor and the administrative budget for 2009. L-R: Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat; Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO Executive Director; Marcel Vernooij, the Netherlands; Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, Minister of Forests and Wildlife, Cameroon; Mahboob Hassan, ITTO Secretariat.

Outside view of the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center.


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