Forty-second Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-42) and Associated Sessions of the Committees
7-12 May 2007, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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ITTC-42 Highlights: Tuesday, 8 May 2007

On Tuesday, May 8, 2007, the Forty-Second Session of the International Tropical Timber Council continued in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. In the morning, delegates met in plenary to hear presentations by candidates for Executive Director of the ITTO as well as the Report on forest law enforcement and governance (FLEG) in PNG, which presented the outcome of a multi-stakeholder workshop on FLEG held in Port Moresby in 2006. It was explained that the objective of the workshop was to gain an understanding of the cause and extent of illegal logging, and that outcomes of the workshop included a greater understanding of how illegal logging is defined and how legality can be demonstrated. Recommendations included that government should further engage with NGOs in increasing awareness of forest laws.

In the afternoon, delegates met in sessions of the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry (CEM-CFI), and Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF). In the CRF, participants discussed ex-post evaluation, projects and pre-project proposals, policy work and other business. In the CEM-CFI, participants discussed projects and pre-project proposals as well as policy work. This was followed by concurrent sessions of the Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA) where participants discussed: the administration budget for 2007; resources of the special account and the Bali Partnership Fund; auditor's report for the financial year 2006; appointment of an auditor; Liberia debt relief and the Joint Technical Committee, where consultants presented five ex-post evaluations of completed projects.

Morning Plenary: Presentations by ITTO executive director hopefuls

Morning plenary

Efransjah Efransjah, Indonesia, advocated that ITTO focus on improved forest governance and further linkages with other international organizations and civil society.

Emmanuel Ze Meka, Cameroon, identified his key priorities for ITTO, including social responsibility, industrial competitiveness, and reducing deforestation and increasing forest cover to combat climate change.

Ricardo M. Umali, the Philippines, presented his vision for a stable yet dynamic ITTO, centered around a variety of action themes that would build upon the achievements of the ITTA, 1994.
Jürgen Blaser, Switzerland, noted ITTO's unique niche as a global actor in forestry. He also underscored the importance of its intergovernmental structure and its contribution to global forest stewardship by promoting SFM and trade.

Kwame Asumadu presented the outcome of a multi-stakeholder workshop on FLEG held in Port Moresby in 2006.

Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry

Mexico requested information on developing pilot programs for assessing the feasibility of timber tracking schemes in the context of forest law enforcement and governance.

The Philippines withdrew a pre-project proposal on promoting SFM in the ASEAN region, to be resubmitted as a full project.

Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management

The US presented a synopsis on a two-week forest policy course recently held in Thailand, which focused on the analysis, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of forest policy as well as the effectiveness of policy instruments.

Brazil requested time to communicate with Brasilia over payment of its arrears.

Joint Technical Committee

Yajaira Diaz and Fransicso A. Quiroga, ITTO consultants, presented on two projects in Peru and Bolivia designed to improve forest information and statistics, noting that this will establish a sound basis for decisions related to sustainable development and forest management.

Olav Jensen, The Development Fund, presented on the ex-post evaluation of a project on the consolidation of SFM certification in Indonesia, and noted that ITTO has provided ample advice for improvement but that action is lacking.

Indonesia responded to the presentation of an ex-post evaluation of a project.

Brazil expressed concern over the costs and benefits of the ex-post evaluations, stressing the need for objectivity.

The Committee on Finance and Administration

The Committee on Finance and Administration heard Liberia’s detailed rationale for waiver of its debt on Tuesday afternoon.

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