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Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe
(INC-Forests3)

28 January - 1 February 2013, Antalya, Turkey

The Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) convened from 28 January – 1 February 2013 in Antalya, Turkey. The five-day session was attended by 150 participants, including delegates from 35 governments and the European Union (EU), and observers from the government of Japan and 18 regional and international organizations, producer associations and non-governmental organizations. Serving as Secretariat for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) were staff from three organizations: the Liaison Unit Madrid of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (FOREST EUROPE); the UN Food and Agriculture Organization; and the European Forest Institute.

INC-Forests3 worked on the draft negotiating text of a legally binding agreement (LBA) revised by INC-Forests2 in September 2012, and considered intersessional work undertaken by an expert meeting on key terms and definitions and a paper on the implications of various options for bringing the LBA “under the United Nations umbrella,” which was produced by independent consultants and at the Chair’s request. INC-Forests3 completed the second reading and most of the third reading primarily during plenary, although two working groups established during the session addressed compliance and bringing the LBA under the UN umbrella. Informal contact groups were also convened in evenings and during meal breaks, as needed.

When discussing the revision of the roadmap for the negotiation process and intersessional work, delegates agreed to extend and suspend the INC-Forests3 session, reconvening from 3-5 April 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, in order to have more time to complete key tasks before the last INC session allowed under its mandate, to be held 10-14 June in Warsaw, Poland.
Dais Huddle
Delegates conferred with the Chair, Secretary and members of the Secretariat before Thursday's afternoon plenary.
Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Monday, 28 January

On Monday, the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) opened with a welcoming address by Ismail Üzmez, Deputy Director-General for Forestry, Turkey, who stressed the priority of forestry and sustainable forest management (SFM) for Turkey, as well as Turkey’s hope that the negotiations will result in a LBA that will be agreed, accepted and enforced by all European countries and a guiding and exemplary work for world forestry.

INC-Forests3 approved the provisional agenda and proposed organization of work. Throughout the day, delegates continued the second reading of the draft LBA’s general provisions, addressing, inter alia: national forest programmes; stakeholder participation; strengthening and enhancing international cooperation; monitoring; reporting; indicators; the capacity of forests to contribute to global carbon cycles; forest fragmentation; biodiversity; trade; illegal harvesting; sustainable consumption and production; and the contribution of forests to sustainable development.

An open-ended informal contact group met during the evening to address trade, national forest programmes, reporting and monitoring.

At 7:00 PM, INC-Forests3 participants attended a reception hosted by Turkey’s Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs.

Full web coverage available here: 28 January

Dais Shot

A view of the dais, with INC Chair Jan Heino, Finland, thanking Ismail Üzmez, Deputy Director-General for Forestry, Turkey.

Sibylle Vermont
Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
Ana Belén Noriega Bravo
Ana Belén Noriega Bravo, FOREST EUROPE Liaison Unit, Madrid (LUM)
Ismail Üzmez
Ismail Üzmez, Deputy Director-General for Forestry, Turkey
Lobby looking up
Looking up at the glass elevators inside the venue’s lobby atrium
Participants chatting
Participants chatted during the reception.
Jon Geir Petursson
Jon Geir Petursson, Iceland
Knut Øistad
Knut Øistad, Norway
Noel Holleran
Noel Holleran, Ireland, speaking for the EU and Croatia
Musicians

Musicians provided live Turkish music.

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Tuesday, 29 January

On Tuesday, the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) heard a report from the contact group on proposed compromise texts on national forest programmes, monitoring and reporting, which the full INC integrated into the draft negotiating text.

A video conference was held with two of the independent consultants who were asked by the Chair to prepare an analysis of the options for bringing the LBA under the UN umbrella. The consultants outlined their findings and answered questions from delegates. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed the financial, procedural and practical implications of various options for hosting the agreement under the UN umbrella. These organizations and the European Forest Institute (EFI) outlined how they might serve as the agreement secretariat. Germany reiterated its offer to host the LBA secretariat.

In the afternoon plenary, the four proposed texts on compliance were reviewed briefly, and delegates agreed to discuss this in detail during a working group session on Wednesday. The plenary also discussed provisions regarding the conference of parties (COP), secretariat and final clauses.

A contact group met in the evening to discuss proposals regarding biodiversity, protective functions in forest management, and ecosystem services.

Full web coverage available here: 29 January

Predrag Jovic
Predrag Jovic, Serbia
Huma Ulgen
Huma Ulgen, Doğa Koruma Merkezi - Nature Conservation Centre, Turkey
Arsen Proko
Arsen Proko, Albania
Videoconference
Consultants fielded questions from participants via a videoconference.
Görkem Firdevs Dege, Damla Mülazımoğlu and Elena Estrada Wilke
Görkem Firdevs Dege (left) and Damla Mülazımoğlu (center), Aress Turizm, chatted with Elena Estrada Wilke (right), FOREST EUROPE Liaison Unit, Madrid, before the session.
Matthias Schwoerer
Matthias Schwoerer, Germany
Manuela Cuvi
Manuela Cuvi, FAO
Jarkko Koskela
Jarkko Koskela, Bioversity International
EU delegates
EU delegates chatted before the session.
Ocean-view pool
The venue's ocean-view pool tempted participants to return in warmer months.
Paola Deda
Paola Deda, UNECE
Barbara Ruis
Barbara Ruis, UNEP
Heikki Granholm
Heikki Granholm, Finland
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Wednesday, 30 January

On Wednesday, the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) heard a report on the results of the Expert Meeting on Terms and Definitions, a country-led initiative held in Madrid in November 2012. Delegates agreed to use the outcome of the workshop as a basis for negotiations, together with the existing definitions in the draft text, and revisited the definitions paragraph-by-paragraph in plenary.

Plenary then heard a report from a contact group dealing with provisions on maintenance, conservation and appropriate enhancement of biological diversity in forest ecosystems and protective functions in forest management. The INC accepted amendments on: increasing forest biodiversity at all levels through effective and efficient integration in sustainable forest management (SFM); water and soil protection contributing to prevention of natural hazards; and supporting forest functions by identifying and compiling relevant information for awareness raising, decision making and strengthening sectoral cooperation.

In the afternoon, two working groups met in parallel. Working Group 1, co-chaired by Katerina Ventrubova (Czech Republic) and Piotr Paschalis-Jakubowicz (Poland), posed questions to the European Forest Institute (EFI), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) about practical implications of hosting or co-hosting the LBA secretariat, as well as the implications of Germany's offer to host the secretariat in Bonn. A few delegations expressed their preference for a LBA under the UN umbrella. The four organizations were asked to provide rough estimates of the costs of them hosting and providing secretariat services for the LBA.

Working Group 2, co-chaired by Ingwald Gschwandtl (Austria) and Tamer Otrakçier (Turkey), focused on the four text proposals regarding compliance. Ukraine withdrew its proposal, allowing Working Group 2 to negotiate based on a merged proposal containing elements from the Russian Federation, Norway and the EU.

After the two working groups reported back to plenary, an informal contact group was tasked to meet in the evening to continue work on compliance.

Full web coverage available here: 30 January

WG1 Dais Shot

Working Group 1 dais (L-R): Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs, Secretariat, Co-Chair Katerina Ventrubova, Czech Republic, and Co-Chair Piotr Paschalis-Jakubowicz, Poland

Lajla Tunaal White
Lajla Tunaal White, Norway
Aljoscha Requardt
Aljoscha Requardt, Confederation of European Forest Owners
Ana Suarez
Ana Suarez, Spain
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate, a short walk from the venue, dates to 130-135 AD.
Cookie table
Tables of cookies lengthened travel times between working groups.
Arne Ivar Sletnes
Arne Ivar Sletnes, Norway
Christoph Düerr
Christoph Düerr, Switzerland
Alexander Panfilov
Alexander Panfilov, Russian Federation
WG2 Dais Shot

Working Group 2 Dais (L-R): Edurne Lacalle Galdeano, Secretariat, Doni Blagojevic, Secretariat, Co-Chair Ingwald Gschwandtl, Austria, and Co-Chair Tamer Otrakçier, Turkey

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Thursday, 31 January

On Thursday, the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) opened with a report by Facilitator Ingwald Gschwandtl (Austria) on the results of the contact group on compliance, reading proposals that delegates addressed one-by-one. The EU, supported by Switzerland, proposed two additional paragraphs on a review mechanism for implementation reports. The contact group's proposed section on compliance remains in brackets side-by-side with the EU proposal for a compliance section.

INC-Forests3 began the third reading of the draft negotiating text, agreeing ad referendum on a number of paragraphs during the afternoon plenary in the chapters on objectives and principles, and portions of the chapter on general provisions.

The plenary held a preliminary discussion of the roadmap for the negotiation process, with Poland confirming its invitation to host INC-Forests4 from 10-14 June 2013 in Warsaw, and the Russian Federation offering to hold an intersessional meeting from 3-5 April in St. Petersburg. The EU requested that each of the four organizations considered to serve as the LBA secretariat — the European Forest Institute (EFI), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) — submit detailed information during the intersessional period on projected costs and services if they are selected.

In the evening, an informal group met to consider possible editorial changes in the draft negotiating text, bringing it in line with the legal language required of conventions.

Full web coverage available here: 31 January

Dais Shot

A view of the dais (L-R): David Mowat, Secretariat, Ewald Rametsteiner, Secretariat, INC Chair Jan Heino, Finland, and INC Secretary Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs

Jolyon Thomson
Jolyon Thomson, UK, speaking for the EU
Ingwald Gschwandtl
Ingwald Gschwandtl, Austria
Ivonne Higuero
Ivonne Higuero, UNEP
Mia Crawford and Taina Veltheim
Mia Crawford, Sweden, conferred with Taina Veltheim, Finland.
Knut Øistad and Risto Paivinen
Knut Øistad, Norway, conferred with Risto Paivinen, EFI.
Nina Dobrzynska
Nina Dobrzynska, Poland
Liubov Poliakova
Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine
Wendy Altobello
Wendy Altobello, Belgium, speaking for the EU
Sunset
The sun set behind the mountains across the gulf.
Happy Birthday Eugenia!
The IISD reporting team wished writer Maria Eugenia Recio a happy birthday.
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Friday, 1 February

On Friday, the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) opened in morning plenary with a report from an informal group, facilitated by Switzerland, which developed a proposal for editorial changes and reformatting the LBA into convention style. INC-Forests3 then returned to a paragraph-by-paragraph third reading of the general provisions section, agreeing ad referendum on several paragraphs.

Afterward, INC-Forests3 discussed the roadmap for the negotiating process, agreeing that they would suspend INC3 and resume it in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, from 3-5 April 2013. They also agreed to: launch a formal legal working group at St. Petersburg that will address the final clauses section of the LBA apart from the compliance section; and mandate the Bureau, assisted by the INC Secretariat, to draft the LBA annexes to be considered at the St. Petersburg meeting.

The INC Secretariat reported on the state of the trust fund for the INC-Forests process, at which time the EU announced that it would make a €50,000 contribution.

In the final hours of the afternoon, delegates undertook the third reading of the preamble, and Switzerland introduced its proposals, based on the work of the informal group, for reformatting the LBA.

INC-Forests3 adjourned at 6:30 pm.

The IISD-RS summary of INC-Forests3 will be available at this site on Monday, 4 February 2013.

Full web coverage available here: 01 February

Scenic View

The view across the water Friday morning.

Paola Deda
Paola Deda, UNECE
Beate Berglund Ekeberg
Beate Berglund Ekeberg, Norway
Alexandra Orekhovich
Alexandra Orekhovich, the Russian Federation
Johannes Jürging and Jacqueline Logmani
Johannes Jürging and Jacqueline Logmani, University of Göttingen, looked intently at a laptop.
Local Organizers
Members of the local organizing committee from the General Directorate of Forestry, Turkey (L-R): Eray Özdemır, Hülya Kılıç, Hakan Çerkeşlı, Nihat Karakaya and Ahmet Kisa
Tamer Otrakçier
Tamer Otrakçier, Turkey
Gavel Shot
INC Chair Jan Heino gaveled the session to a close.
Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs and Christine Farcy
INC Secretary Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs and Christine Farcy, Belgium, bid farewell.
IISD Reporting Team

Your INC-Forests3 IISD reporting team (L-R): team leader Keith Ripley, US, writers Maria Eugenia Recio, Argentina, Tasha Goldberg, US, and Jennifer Covert, US, and digital editor Dan Birchall, US

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Related Links
Meeting resources
*Meeting website and documents
*Annotated provisional agenda
*Draft negotiating text
*Oslo Mandate
*INC-Forests1 website
*INC-Forests2 website

Other resources
*FOREST EUROPE
*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)
*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry Department

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary report of INC-Forests2, 3-7 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011, 29 14-16 June 2011, Oslo, Norway
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the UNFF (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder
*Global forest policy backgrounder
*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues
*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy
*Chemicals and Wastes Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Chemicals and Wastes Policy
*Land Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Adressing International Sustainable Land
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*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
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*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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