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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 Wednesday, 16 November 2011

DAILY WEB COVERAGE


Antigua is famous for its tradition of carpetting its streets at Easter with elaborate, albeit temporary works of art, known as "Alfombras de Acerrin," made of colored sawdust, sand
and other materials.

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) entered its third day of discussions today in Antigua, Guatemala.

In the morning, the Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA) met to discuss the draft administrative budget for 2012. Meanwhile, the Committees on Economic Information and Market Intelligence and Forest Industry (CEM/CFI) held their first meeting of the week, addressing: new projects and pre-projects; report on completed projects and pre-projects; ex-post evaluation; policy work; and recommendations to the ITTC. At lunch, delegates participated in a side event organized by The Forests Dialogue on REDD Readiness.

In the afternoon, delegates convened in a Joint Committee Session to hear the Annual Market Discussion, followed by a Council session covering ITTO Thematic Programmes, the role of ITTO in international and regional organizations and fora, and the Annual Review and Assessment of the International Tropical Timber Situation in 2011. In the evening, the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management met to discuss the report on completed projects and pre-projects, while a contact group met to consider activities under the Biennial Work Programme for 2012-2013. This was followed by a reception in celebration of the ITTO’s 25th Anniversary, hosted by the Chair of ITTC-47.


Daily Highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)

Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence and Committee on Forest Industry

Panel for Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence and Committee on Forest Industry
Samuel Ebia Ndongo, Co-Chair, Cameroon; Takeshi Goto, ITTO Secretariat

Li Qiang, ITTO Secretariat; Rob Busink, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, The Netherlands; Amha Bin Buang, ITTO Secretariat
James Gasana, Vice-Chair; Ramon Carrillo, ITTO Secretariat

Victoire Eheth Nee Ongmanong and Bruno Mfou'ou Mfou'ou, Cameroon
Ruth Turia and Lyall Umbo, Papua New Guinea

Frances Maplesden, ITTO Consultant
Ramon Carrillo, ITTO Secretariat
Li Qiang, ITTO Secretariat

Fred Mintah Noman, Ghana
Norini Haron, Malaysia
Jorge Malleux, Peru
Suchat Kalyawongsa, Thailand

Committee on Finance and Administration

(L-R): Collins Ahadome, ITTO Secretariat; Charas Mayura, ITTO Secretariat; Agus Sarsito, CFA Chair, Indonesia; Atushi Suginaka, CFA Vice-Chair, Japan; Mahboob Hasan, ITTO Secretariat; Maiko Suzuki, ITTO Secretariat

Ursula Horn, Germany
Patrick Wylie, Canada
David Oliver, US

Delegates in the Committee on Finance and Administration session
Simon Kawaguchi and Maiko Suzuki, ITTO Secretariat

Enzo Barattini and Katrin Eitel, European Community; Katharina Kuehmayer, Austria
Atushi Suginaka, CFA Vice-Chair, Japan; Yoshiko Horiguchi, Japan; Ursula Horn, Germany

REDD Readiness side event, organized by The Forests Dialogue (TFD)

Tea Garcia, Side Event Chair, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Gary Dunning, The Forests Dialogue (TFD); Josué Morales, Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB); Victor López, Utz'Che'; Claudio Cabrera, Interforest; Alejandro Santos, Rainforest Alliance; Arturo Santos, IUCN

Annual Market Discussion

André de Boer, European Timber Trade Federation; Ramkrishna Somaiya, Timber Importers Association of India; Luo Xina Jian, China State Forest Administration; Brent McClendon, International Wood Products Association; James Gasana, Chair; Alhassan Attah, Forestry Commission of Ghana; Akihiko Nemoto, Tottori University of Environment, Japan

Ramkrishna Somaiya, Timber Importers Association of India
Alhassan Attah, Forestry Commission of Ghana

André de Boer, European Timber Trade Federation
Luo Xina Jian, China State Forest Administration
Brent McClendon, International Wood Products Association

Akihiko Nemoto, Tottori University of Environment, Japan
Ivan Tomaselli, Trade Advisory Group
James Gasana, Switzerland

Delegates of Japan
Bob Johnston, Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF)

Council Session Panel on Annual Review and Assessment of the International Timber Situation in 2011

(L-R): Frances Maplesden, ITTO Consultant; Makoto Ozawa, Vice-Chair; Bilé Joachim Allogho, Chair; Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO Executive Director; Collins Ahadome and Mahboob Hasan, ITTO Secretariat

Gerhard Breulmann, ITTO Secretariat
Takeo Sasaki, Japan International Cooperation Agency
Olman Serrano, FAO
Remy Mukongo Shabantu, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management

Celestine Ntsame-Okwo, ITTO Secretariat
Walter Nalvarte, Consejo Internacional de los Maderas Tropicales
Donatien N'Zala, Congo

Around the Conference

French translation booth
English translation booth

Cecile Ndjebet, RRI; Delphine Apouo Epouse Ahoussi Logbochi, Malebi
Right wing of the delegates room
...and the left wing of the delegates room

Eduardo Mansur, ITTO; Alima Abdul Kadir Issufo, Republic of Mozambique
The sound crew in the main plenary

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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 Cancún Climate Change Conference, 29 November - 10 December 2010, Cancún, 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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