Highlights and images for 28 November 2017



The fifty-third session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) entered its second day of discussions in Lima, Peru.

In the morning, the Council plenary heard reports on the implementation of the current Biennial Work Programme (BWP) and communications and outreach work, and a presentation of the proposed BWP for 2018-2019. The Council also discussed the draft Guidelines for Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering Women (GEEW) and considered a report by the Ad Hoc Working Group and the Working Group to Consider Rotation in the Framework of the Selection of the Executive Director.

In the afternoon, the Committees on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF) and Finance and Administration (CFA) met in parallel. The CRF discussed new projects and pre-projects and reviewed completed projects, as well as policy work on: the dissemination and application of the ITTO Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests; cooperation and collaboration between ITTO and African member countries on criteria and indicators; fire prevention and management in tropical timber-producing forests; the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems; implementation of guidelines for the management of secondary tropical forests; and developments in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regarding forests and their potential implications for tropical forests and the world tropical timber economy. The CFA discussed: the draft Biennial Administrative Budget for 2018 and 2019; the status of the Administrative Account, the Special Account, and the Bali Partnership Fund; and the Auditor's Report.

The parallel sessions were followed by the joint meeting of the Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets and the Committee on Forest Industry (CEM-CFI), which discussed completed projects, as well as the status of policy work on: market access; forest and timber certification; and strengthening the participation of the private sector in ITTO work.

In the evening, delegates attended a cultural event hosted by the Government of Peru.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from the 53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees. The summary and analysis is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Council Session

Stephanie Caswell, ITTO consultant

Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)

Gerhard Breulmann, ITTO Secretariat

Cécile Ndjebet, Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG)

Ramón Carrillo, ITTO Secretariat

Stephanie Caswell, ITTO consultant, Gerhard Dieterle, ITTO Executive Director, Tabi Agyarko (Ghana), Chair of ITTC-53, and Zhang Zhongtian (China), Vice-Chair of ITTC-53

Emmanuelle Maire, EU

Mad Zaidi Mohamed Karli, Malaysia

Participants during Council Session

Catherine Karr-Colque, US

Victoire Eheth, Cameroon

Anna Tyler, New Zealand

Jorge Malleux Orjeda, Peru

Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF)

L-R: Hwan Ok-Ma, ITTO Secretariat; Marjukka Mähönen, CRF Chair; Dambis Kaip (Papua New Guinea), CRF Vice-Chair;
and Polycarpe Masupa Kambale, ITTO Secretariat

Polycarpe Masupa Kambale, ITTO Secretariat

Marjukka Mähönen, CRF Chair

Hiroyuki Nishiura, Japan

Jean-Baptiste Constant Yapo, Côte d’Ivoire

Dambis Kaip (Papua New Guinea), Marjukka Mähönen, CRF Chair, and Polycarpe Masupa Kambale, ITTO Secretariat

Achille Orphée Lokossou, Benin

Hwan Ok-Ma, ITTO Secretariat

Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA)

Luke Thompson (US), CFA Vice-Chair, Mad Zaidi Mohamed Karli (Malaysia), CFA Chair, Simon Kawaguchi, ITTO Secretariat, Gerhard Breulmann, ITTO Secretariat, and Maiko Suzuki, ITTO Secretariat

Rob Busink, the Netherlands

Simon Kawaguchi, ITTO Secretariat

Gerhard Breulmann, ITTO Secretariat

Mad Zaidi Mohd Karli (Malaysia), CFA Chair

Luke Thompson (US), CFA Vice-Chair, and Mad Zaidi Mohamed Karli (Malaysia), CFA Chair

Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets and the Committee on Forest Industry (CEM-CFI)

Tetra Yanuariadi, ITTO Secretariat; Achille Orphée Lokossou (Benin), CFI Chair; Jorge Malleux Orjeda (Peru), CEM Chair; Björn Merkell (Sweden), CEM Vice-Chair; Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat; and Li Chiang, ITTO Secretariat

Around the Venue






Negotiating blocs
European Union