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

3-8 November 2008, in Yokohama, Japan


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Highlights for Monday, 03 November 2008

The Forty-fourth session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) opened today in Yokohama, Japan. In the morning, delegates listened to opening speeches by the ITTO Executive Director, the ITTC-44 Chair, and dignitaries from Japan, Gabon, Cameroon, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). The Council addressed organizational matters, including ascertainment of quorum, distribution of votes, and adoption of the meeting's agenda.

In the afternoon, Producer and Consumer groups held separate caucus meetings. Following this, the Joint Committee met to discuss the Report of the Expert Panel for Technical Appraisal of ITTO Project Proposals. Participants then met in concurrent sessions of the CEM/CFI and the CRF. The CRF discussed completed projects and pre-projects. The CEM/CFI considered completed projects and pre-projects and ex-post evaluations.

In the evening, participants attended a reception hosted by the Chairperson of ITTC and ITTO Executive Director Emmanuel Ze Meka.

Delegates registering for the conference and waiting for the opening session to begin.

From L-R: Katharina Kuehmayer, Chairperson of the council; Don Kon Lee, President, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO); Kunio Naitou, Director General, Forestry Agency of Japan; Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, Minister of Forests and Wildlife, Cameroon; Hiroshi Nakada, Mayor, City of Yokohama; Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO Executive Director; Emile Doumba, Minister of Forest Economy, Water, Fisheries and National Parks, Gabon; Edmond Collins Ahadome and Takeichi Ishikawa, ITTO Secretariat.

Edmond Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat Delegates applauding the opening session.

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Katharina Kuehmayer, ITTC-44 Chair Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO Executive Director

Hiroshi Nakada, Mayor, City of Yokohama Emile Doumba, Minister of Forest Economy, Water, Fisheries and National Parks, Gabon Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, Minister of Forests and Wildlife, Cameroon

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Participants conversing during a break.

L-R: Amha Bin Buang, ITTO Secretariat; Michele Mire, US; Marcel Vernooij, the Netherlands; Carlos Enrique Gonzales, Mexico.

Bipin Behari, India Patrick Hardcastle, United Kingdom Ricardo Umali, Philippines

The Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management: L-R: Hwan Ok Ma and Eduardo Mansur, ITTO Secretariat; Carlos Enrique Gonzales (Chair) and Hideaki Takai (Vice-Chair); John Leigh and Polycarpe Masupa-Kambale, ITTO Secretariat.

The CEM/CFI discussed completed projects and pre-projects and the lack of funding for ex-post evaluations. L-R: Lauren Flejzor and Amha Bin Buang, ITTO Secretariat; Michele Mire, US; Jürgen Blaser, CFI Chair.


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