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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 Tuesday, 04 November 2008

On Tuesday, the forty-fourth session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) entered its second day of discussion in Yokohama, Japan. The Council met in the morning to discuss: preparations for entry into force of the ITTA, 2006; the report of the Informal Advisory Group (IAG); and the final draft of the ITTO/IUCN Guidelines for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Tropical Timber Production Forests. The Council also decided to form a contact group to discuss a draft decision on Thematic Programmes.

In the afternoon, participants convened in a Joint Committee Session to discuss ex-post evaluations. This was followed by concurrent sessions of the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence; the Committee on Forest Industry; and the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management. In the evening, the Committee on Finance and Administration met to discuss: the administrative budget for 2009; contributions to administrative budgets; and the current status of the administrative account.

Delegates waiting for the session to start.

Jan Heino, FAO, presented on collaboration between the ITTO and FAO. During the morning plenary session, participants discussed the entry into force of the ITTA, 2006. L-R: Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat, Katharina Kuehmayer, Austria, Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO Executive Director.

Lee Mira, Korea Federico Menses, Ecuador Motsamai Nkosi, South Africa

View from the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center

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Michele Mire, US and Amha Bin Buang, ITTO Secretariat Participants listen to the afternoon session.

Bipin Behari, India, presented the ex-post evaluations of two ITTO projects.

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The Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence and the Committee on Forest Industry met to discuss projects in progress and projects pending agreement. L-R: Lauren Flejzor and Amha Bin Buang, ITTO Secretariat; Michele Mire, US; Jürgen Blaser, CFI Chair; Tetra Yanuariadi and Ramon Carrillo Arellano, ITTO Secretariat.

The Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management met on Tuesday to review the implementation status of approved projects and pre-projects, and to consider project and pre-project proposals. L-R: Floriano Pastore Jr., ITTO consultant; 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.

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In the evening, the Committee on Finance and Administration met to discuss: the administrative budget for 2009; contributions to administrative budgets; and the current status of administrative account. L-R: Collins Ahadome, and Charas Mayura, ITTO Secretariat; Marcel Vernooij, the Netherlands; Mahboob Hassan and Takeichi Ishikawa, ITTO Secretariat.

On the streets of Yokohama.



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