Highlights and images for 30 November 2017



The fifty-third session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-53) continued its deliberations in Lima, Peru, on 30 November 2017. In the morning, the Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF) met in parallel with the Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets and the Committee on Forest Industry (CEM-CFI). The CRF reviewed projects and pre-projects under implementation or awaiting financing. CEM-CFI continued discussion on market-associated activities in the proposed Biennial Work Programme (BWP) for 2018-2019 and heard a presentation by Independent Market Monitoring (IMM) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) certified timber trade data and statistics in the EU with Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) countries. The CEM and CFI then discussed new, ongoing and completed projects and pre-projects and considered recommendations for the Committees to make to Council.

During the lunch period the contact group met to discuss the issue of rotation in the selection of the ITTO Executive Director. A side event organized by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was held on "national fiscal incentives and public procurement policies to promote sustainable forest management in tropical forests."

In the afternoon the Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA) met to continue discussions on increasing transparency of ITTO documentation and increasing the Special Reserve Fund, as well as a draft decision regarding the request from the Central African Republic for relief of obligations. After the CFA session, the Panel on Sub-Account B of the Bali Partnership Fund met, followed by the Chairman's Open-Ended Drafting Group.

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Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF)

Marjukka Mähönen, CRF Chair

Jean-Baptiste Constant Yapo, Côte d’Ivoire

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

Edgar Selvin Pérez, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Guatemala

Mohammed Nurudeen Iddrisu, Ghana


Hwan Ok-Ma, ITTO Secretariat

Polycarpe Masupa Kambale, ITTO Secretariat

Deniz Randolfo García Juárez, Guatemala, and John Hontelez, FSC International

David Samuel Estacuy Cojulúm, Guatemala

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; and Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat


Jennifer Conje, US

Sarah Storck, Independent Market Monitoring (IMM)

Rupert Oliver, IMM

Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat

Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA)

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

Nguyễn Phú Hưng, Viet Nam, consults with Solizama Ouro-Bang’na and Komla Detse, Togo.

Luke Thompson (US), CFA Vice-Chair

Vivita Rozenbergs, US

Hiroyuki Nishiura and Yoshiko Motoyama, Japan

Side Event: "National Fiscal Incentives and Public Procurement Policies to
Promote Sustainable Forest Management in Tropical Forests," organized by FSC

Andrea del Pozo, Maderacre, and Pina Gervassi, FSC Latin America

John Hontelez, FSC International

Jorge Mario Rodríguez-Zúñiga, Costa Rica


Around the Venue





Negotiating blocs
European Union