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IN THE CORRIDORS

In anticipation of the high-level consideration of forests on Thursday, delegations and NGOs are actively lobbying in attempts to sway parties on the pending question of an international forest convention. Bilateral consultations involving States who occupy polar positions on the convention question are expected to be conducted in hopes that they will pave the way for agreement on this issue at CSD-5 or at UNGASS. Last week, the US released a seven-point plan on forests. It reportedly highlights the importance of assessment, capacity-building, forest biodiversity protection and private sector involvement, although it has not been tabled at the CSD.