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International Tropical Timber Council: Thirty-Fifth Session

 
Yokohama, Japan | 3 - 8 November 2003

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                                                                                                            Versión en español

Highlights from Monday, 3 November

On Monday, delegates to the 35th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and related committee meetings (ITTC-35) convened in both Council and Committee sessions. In the morning, Council heard opening statements, addressed organizational matters, and discussed the report of the 13th meeting of the Informal Advisory Group (IAG). In the afternoon, a Joint Committee session was held to hear the report of the Expert Panel for Technical Appraisal of Project Proposals. The Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence (CEM) and on Forest Industy (CFI) convened, as did the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF). Photo: The dais during the opening Plenary: (left to right): Mamoru Ishihara, Director-General of the Forestry Agency, Japan, Elisea G. Gozun, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines, Muhammad Prakosa, Minister of Forestry, Indonesia, Manoel Sobral Filho, ITTO Executive Director, ITTC-35 Chair Bin Che Freezailah, Malaysia, ITTC-35 Vice Chair Jan McAlpine, US, Adou Assoa, Minister of Water and Forests, Cote d'Ivoire, and Patrick Praitch, Minister of Forests, Papua New Guinea

     

 

ITTC-35 Chair Bin Che Freezailah, Malaysia (right) opened the session, noting the high level of political attention given to issues facing the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). He highlighted that the total area of tropical forests worldwide is small when compared to temperate and boreal forests, and that illegal logging continues to threaten the world's forests. (Listen to his presentation)

Manoel Sobral Filho, ITTO Executive Director (left), said the progress report on the implementation of the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994 (ITTA, 1994) will help governments during the renegotiation process. He said members, when renegotiating the ITTA, 1994, should take into consideration the changing nature of the forest debate, which, over the next few decades, will include a new vision and process for addressing tropical forest issues. (Listen to his presentation)

 

Keiji Ide, Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan (left), outlined his country’s contribution to tropical timber issues including information exchange, policy guidelines, project implementation and project financing. He noted a Japanese-Indonesian initiative on combating illegal logging and Japan’s contribution to the Asia Forest Partnership to promote sustainable development in Asia. (Listen to his presentation)
Mamoru Ishihara, Director-General of the Forestry Agency, Japan, (right) noted that two-thirds of Japan’s land is forest, much of which has been affected by natural disasters, and explained Japan’s commitment to sustainable forest management (SFM). He underscored Japan’s effort to introduce labeling and certification and tackle illegal logging and harvesting on a global scale. (Listen to his presentation)

Adou Assoa, Minister of Water and Forests, Cote d'Ivoire (left), noted his country's progress implementing the Year 2000 Objective and explained Côte d'Ivoire's new forestry policy and partnerships with NGOs and the private sector. Noting that primary forests are disappearing and secondary forests need new financing mechanisms, he expressed hope that the ITTO will be able to face this challenge. (Listen to his presentation)

Patrick Praitch, Minister of Forests, Papua New Guinea

Muhammad Prakosa, Minister of Forestry, Indonesia (left)

Patrick Praitch, Minister of Forests, Papua New Guinea (right), supported broadening the scope of the ITTA, 1994, by promoting a holistic approach and moving the organization beyond its current status as a commodity organization. He also outlined Papua New Guinea's position for the re-negotiation of ITTA, 1994, noting the need to improve information exchange, access to new resources, and market access to the global timber market. (Listen to his presentation)

Elisea G. Gozun, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines, reaffirmed her country’s commitment to Objective 2000 and identified national policy priorities, including, inter alia: the implementation of a new forest policy code, the adoption of a system of Criteria and Indicators (C&I), strengthening local community forest management, expansion of plantations, creating a better enabling environment, increasing the sustainability of forest-based investment, and disseminating of resource information. (Listen to her presentation)

Muhammad Prakosa, Minister of Forestry, Indonesia (right), underlined the importance of SFM, noting the need for cooperation between both producer and consumer states in addressing illegal logging and trade issues. (Listen to his presentation)

Hosney El-Lakany, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), commended the policy achievements of ITTO and underscored the value of continuing collaboration between the FAO and ITTO. He also highlighted the FAO’s ongoing efforts to develop guidelines for forest law enforcement, provide reliable and timely information on forest management, cooperate with ITTO in developing C&I for SFM, and strengthen the interface between economic and environmental considerations. (Listen to his presentation)
IAG Chair Freezailah presented the report of the Informal Advisory Group (IAG) (ITTC(XXXV)/2), highlighting: reference to the report of the Inter-sessional Working Group on preparations for negotiating a successor agreement; discussion on the Council decision-making process; and draft decisions received from member states and the ITTO Secretariat. He said the IAG identified potential difficulties arising in the negotiations, including use of the term environmental services, the distribution of votes of African members, and new, undefined terminology.

Miscellaneous Photos
Delegates from Japan and from Australia during the morning Plenary session
Delegates from Gabon discuss the proposed agenda (left) and delegates from Japan exchange business cards (right)
Links |

ITTO website, with provisional program, documents for the meeting, and information about the ITTO.
ENB summary from ITTC-34: (HTML, PDF, TEXT).
ENB summary from ITTC-33: (HTML, PDF, TEXT).
ENB summary from ITTC-32: (HTML, PDF, TEXT).
Linkages forests, desertification and land issues page, including a brief introduction to global forest policy. 

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