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

6-11 November 2006 | Yokohama, Japan

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Highlights for Wednesday, 8 November 2006

Delegates met on Wednesday, 8 November, at the Pacifico Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan, for the third day of the Forty-first Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-41). In the morning, delegates met in plenary and addressed a substantial proportion of the session’s agenda. In the afternoon, all four committees (on Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, Reforestation and Forest Management, and Finance and Administration) met in separate sessions. At lunch, a panel discussion on the Rights and Resources Initiative was hosted by the Civil Society Advisory Group. In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by Papua New Guinea.


 

COUNCIL SESSION
During the morning Council session, delegates discussed CITES listing proposals for tropical timber species, measures to improve the ITTO project cycle, and collaboration with the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.

         
     
  Norini Haron (Malaysia) reported on outcomes of the ITTO expert meeting on the effective implementation of the inclusion of ramin in CITES Appendix II.   Sri Murniningtyas (Indonesia)  
             
       
  Council Chair Koichi Ito (Japan)   Luiz César Gasser (Brazil) outlined views concerning the US proposal for the ITTO to become more involved in the fight against wildlife trafficking.   Enzo Barattini (European Community) questioned whether raising the priority of wildlife trafficking in the ITTO was in line with the ITTO objectives.  
 
From left to right: Ricardo M. Umali (ITTO Consultant) and Erik van Bueren (ITTO Consultant)
         
     
  From left to right: Erika del Rocio López Rojas (Mexico) and Charlotte Cudby (New Zealand)   From left to right: Alfredo Carrasco (Ecuador) and Luiz César Gasser (Brazil)  

SIDE EVENT: POVERTY, CONFLICT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

 
From left to right: Andy White (Co-Chair of CSAG), Yati A. Bun ( Foundation for People and Community Development, PNG) , Doris Capistrano (CIFOR) , and Parfait Mimbini Essono (Cameroon)

INFORMAL JOINT MEETING OF CONSUMERS AND PRODUCERS
In the afternoon, delegates met in an informal Joint Producer and Consumer Group meeting to discuss thematic programmes.

         
     
  Jon Heikki Aas (Norway)   Rócia Silva Oliveira (Brazil)  

COMMITTEES
The Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence continued discussions on policy work, including studies on subsidies of tropical timber products, and a conference on transportation of tropical timber. The Committee on Forest Industry reviewed projects under implementation. The Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management discussed policy work and a proposal for a funded extension for a project on a model forest management system in Nigeria. The Committee on Finance and Administration held its second session, and discussed a request by Liberia for cancellation of its debt to ITTO due to extenuating circumstances.

COMMITTEE ON REFORESTATION AND FOREST MANAGEMENT

         
     
  Peter Schroeder (Germany) inquired about the proper procedure for consideration of project extensions with additional funding.   Morris Kapong Senap (Malaysia) described the third phase of a project on a model forest management area, for which an extension with additional funding had been requested.  
         
     
  Stewart Maginnis (IUCN) said that preliminary results show that if existing regulations and SFM guidelines are followed, then it will not be prohibitively costly to implement the new ITTO/IUCN biodiversity guidelines.   Emmanuel Ze Meka (ITTO Secretariat) clarified the procedure for consideration of project extensions with additional funding.  

COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC INFORMATION AND MARKET INTELLIGENCE

             
       
  Brian Woodward (USA) expressed flexibility on the deadline for the baseline document for the conference on transportation of timber products.   Freezailah Che Yeom (Malaysia) cautioned against commissioning a study on timber transportation that might be biased against developing countries.   Charlotte Cudby (New Zealand) noted that if the baseline study were able to answer all questions, people would query the need for a conference.  
         
     
  From left to right: Yvan Vassant (France) and Katharina Kuehmayer (Austria)   Jussi Lounasvuori (ITTO Consultant) updated the CEM on progress in auditing existing tracking systems in tropical forest industries in Brazil and Cameroon.  

COMMITTEE ON FOREST INDUSTRY

         
     
  Bipin Behari (India) noted that a change in project proponent could materially change the nature of a project.   Jimmy Chandra (ITTO Consultant)  

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

     
   
  Hideo Fukushima (Japan) said that rather than completely writing off Liberia's debt, ITTO should discuss with the Liberian government on how to facilitate payment.  

SIDE EVENT: BRIEFING ON THE FORTY-SECOND SESSION OF THE ITTC BY THE DELEGATION OF PNG

         
     
  Ambassador Aiwa Olmi (Papua New Guinea)   From left to right: Ambassador Michael M. Maue and Dike Kari (Papua New Guinea)  

 

The side event was followed by a cocktail reception

         
     
         
         
     
         
         
     
         

SNAPS

         
     
  Ali Waters (Nicaragua)   From left to right: Frederik Vossenaar (the Netherlands) and Sandra Ribey (Canada)  
         
     
  From left to right: Kojo Wireko-Brobby (Ghana) and Tabi Agyarko (Ghana)   From left to right: Jennifer Conje (USA) and James Gasana (Switzerland)  
         
     
  From left to right: Markku Simula (ITTO Consultant) and Suchat Kalyawongsa (Thailand)   From left to right: Mahboob Hasan (ITTO Secretariat) and James Singh (Guyana)  
 
Observers exchange views. From left to right: George E. Edwards (National Bar Association), Henry Scheyvens (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies) and Federico Lopez-Casero (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies).
         
     
         
 
ITTO Yokohama Staff

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Related Links

ITTC-41 General Information and Supporting Documents
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
FAO Forestry

Links to ENB/YMB coverage

ENB coverage of the Sixth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF 6)
ENB coverage of ITTC-39
ENB coverage of ITTC-37
ENB coverage of UN Conference for the Negotiation for a Successor Agreement to the ITTA, 1994
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