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

Highlights for 28 January, 2013

On Monday, 28 January, 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.
Gulf of Antalya view
A view of the Gulf of Antalya from the venue
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Dais Shot

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

Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs
Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs, INC Secretary
Ismail Üzmez
Ismail Üzmez, Deputy Director-General for Forestry, Turkey
Jan Heino
Jan Heino, INC Chair
Sibylle Vermont
Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
Ana Belén Noriega Bravo
Ana Belén Noriega Bravo, FOREST EUROPE Liaison Unit, Madrid (LUM)
Noel Holleran
Noel Holleran, Ireland, speaking for the EU and Croatia
Room shot

A view of the room during negotiations

Liubov Poliakova
Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine
Alexander Panfilov
Alexander Panfilov, Russian Federation
Knut Øistad
Knut Øistad, Norway
Jon Geir Petursson
Jon Geir Petursson, Iceland
Christoph Düerr
Christoph Düerr, Switzerland
Alexandra Orekhovich
Alexandra Orekhovich, Russian Federation
Noel Holleran, Mia Crawford, and Eugene Hendrick
Noel Holleran, Ireland, Mia Crawford, Sweden, and Eugene Hendrick, Ireland, studied the draft negotiating text.
Coffee break
Participants chatted during a coffee break.
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Evening Reception
Musicians

Musicians provided live Turkish music.

Turkish forest photos
Photos of Turkish forests and forestry projects lined the reception hall.
Participants chatting
Participants chatted during the reception.
Turkish treats
Turkish treats
Participants chatting
Participants at the reception
Waitstaff with drinks
Waitstaff served participants drinks.
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Around the INC
Lobby looking up
Looking up at the glass elevators inside the venue’s lobby atrium
Atrium from above
Looking out of the glass elevators over the venue’s lobby atrium
Sunny afternoon

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
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Water Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Activities Addressing Sustainable Water and Sanitation
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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