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51st Session of the International Tropical Timber Council
and Associated Sessions of the Committees (ITTC-51)

16-21 November 2015 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Joint Committee Session from ITTC-50

Council Session on the third day of ITTC-51.

On Wednesday, ITTC-51 entered its third day of discussions. In the morning, Council held a vote to select a new Executive Director, but no clear winner emerged. Council then discussed: enhancing cooperation with CITES; the ITTO/CBD Collaborative Initiative to Conserve Tropical Forests; developments within the UNFCCC related to tropical forests; and progress in implementation of the ITTO Thematic Programmes.

At lunch, the ITTO and the EU held a side event on Independent Market Monitoring, a project undertaken to evaluate the impact of the EU’s efforts to exclude imports of illegal timber. This was followed by the Annual Market Discussion, including perspectives from the US, Malaysia, and Myanmar. In the evening, a Working Group met to discuss the admission of observers, as well as meetings of the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF); the Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA); and the Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets and the Committee on Forest Industry (CEM-CFI).

+ IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage from the 51st Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees (ITTC-51). A full summary and brief analysis of ITTC-51 is available in HTML and PDF format.

From L-R: Gerhard Breulmann, ITTO Secretariat; Edmond Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat; Jennifer Conje, ITTC-51 Vice-Chairperson; Bin Che Yeom Freezailah, Chairperson ITTC-51 and Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat

Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat

Bin Che Yeom Freezailah, Chairperson ITTC-51






Jürgen Blaser, Bern University of Applied Sciences, presents on developments in UNFCCC regarding forests and their potential implications for tropical forests and related trade.

Side event: Independent Market Monitoring (IMM)

From L-R: Gustav Adu, Kumasi Wood Cluster Association; Sarah Storck, Global Timber Forum; Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat; Rupert Oliver, ITTO Consultant and Bojan Grlaš, European Union

Mariana Lubis, Indonesia

Gustav Adu, Kumasi Wood Cluster Association

Sarah Storck, Global Timber Forum

Rupert Oliver, ITTO Consultant

Bojan Grlaš, European Union


Annual Market Discussion

Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, UNFF Secretariat

Barney Chan, Co-Chair, Trade Advisory Group


James Gasana, Switzerland presents on strengthening the participation of the private sector in advancing ITTO's objectives.

Cindy Squires, International Wood Products Assocation

Ahmad Shah Mohamad, Malaysia Timber Council


André de Boer, European Timber Trade Federation

Barber Cho, Myanmar


Committee Session CRF

Ma Hwan-ok, ITTO Secretariat

Takeshi Goto, ITTO Secretariat


Aysha Ghadiali, US

Hiras P. Sidabutar, Indonesia


Committee Session CEM-CFI

(L-R) Teguh Rahardja, Indonesia; Alicia Grimes, US; and Miguel Mendieta, Honduras

Miguel Mendieta, Honduras

Tetra Yanuariadi, ITTO Secretariat


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Funding for coverage of ITTC-51 has been provided by ITTO and the European Union (EU)