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Forty-seventh Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-47) and Associated Sessions of the Committees

14-19 November 2011 | Antigua Guatemala


Highlights for Monday, 14 November 2011

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The forty-seventh Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-47)
and Associated Sessions of the Committees opens in La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

ITTC-47

The Forty-seventh 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 Antigua, Guatemala. In the morning, delegates listened to opening speeches by the ITTO Executive Director, the ITTC-47 Chair, and dignitaries from Guatemala and Gabon. In the morning, the Council addressed organizational matters, including verification of quorum for the meeting, distribution of votes, and adoption of the meeting's agenda, before discussing the Report of the Informal Advisory Group.

In the afternoon, the Council discussed: enhancing cooperation between ITTO and CITES; entry into force of the ITTA, 2006; the ITTO Biennial Work Programme (BWP) 2010-11 Progress Report, and the BWP for 2012-13; development in the UNFCCC concerning forests; collaboration with the Convention for the Biological Diversity; and activities linked to the International Year of Forests and ITTOĺs 25th anniversary.


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Opening Session of the Council

Opening Dais (L-R): Haroldo Gracias, Master of Ceremonies, Guatemala; Josué Morales, Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB); Juan Alphonso de León, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food, Guatemala; Bilé Joachim Allogho, Vice-Chair; Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, ITTO; Christian Magnagna, Minister of Forests and Water, Gabon; Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat

Bilé Joachim Allogho, Vice-Chair
Haroldo Gracias, Master of Ceremonies, Guatemala
Juan Alphonso de León, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food, Guatemala

Josué Morales, INAB
Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, ITTO Secretariat
Christian Magnagna, Minister of Forests and Water, Gabon


Council Session

BilÚ Joachim Allogho, Vice-Chair; Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, ITTO Secretariat
Organizers handing out the Report of the Informal Advisory Group (IAG) at its 25th meeting (ITTC(XLVII)/2)
Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat; Mahboob Hasan, ITTO Secretariat

Side Event #1: Timber-tracking Methods based on DNA-markers and stable isotopes

Bernd Degen, vTI-Institute of Forest Genetics, Germany
Darren Thomas, Double Helix Tracking Technologies Pte Ltd, Singapore; Bernd Degen, vTI-Institute of Forest Genetics, Germany; Stefanie Von Scheliha, Germany; Ursula Horn, Germany;

Participants enjoying some lunch during the first side event

Afternoon Council Session

Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat
Carmenza Robledo, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Atsuhiro Yoshinaka, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Aziyah Mohamed, Malaysia
Carolina Costellini, Brazil
Milena Sosa Schmidt, Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Atsushi Suginaka, Japan
Makoto Ozawa, Japan
Agus Sarsito, Indonesia
Samuel Ebia Ndongo, Cameroon

Reception Monday Evening




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ITTO resources
*ITTC-47 website
*ITTC-47 general information and supporting documents
*Provisional schedule of meetings
*Report of the 46th ITTC session

General resources
*The Collaborative Partnership on Forests
*The Convention on Biological Diversity: Programme on Forests
*UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Platform on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries
*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry
*UN Forum on Forests
*International Union of Forest Research Organizations Expert Panel Report on the International Forest Regime

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-sixth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-46) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 13-18 December 2010, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Canc´┐Żn Climate Change Conference, 29 November - 10 December 2010, Canc´┐Żn, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 2010) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-fifth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-45) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 9-14 November 2009, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Eighth Session of the UN Forum on Forests, 20 April - 1 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-fourth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 3-8 November 2008, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-third Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 5-10 November 2007, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS archive of forest-related meetings
*Global forest policy backgrounder
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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