Highlights and images for 1 December 2017



On Friday, ITTC-53 entered its fifth day of work in Lima, Peru. In the morning, the Council started by hearing the progress report on the ITTO Fellowship Programme and the report by the Chair of the Fellowship Selection Panel on new fellowships to be awarded. The Council then discussed the ITTO-Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) programme to improve country capacity to implement CITES listings of tropical timber species, and heard reports on collaboration with ITTO from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). The plenary then discussed the issue of rotation in the selection of the Executive Director, where the Consumers called for a year of deliberation in capitals before reaching a decision at ITTC-54 on the rotation issue. Council decided to reconvene the contact group on rotation to negotiate a draft decision for Council, using the Consumer proposal as a starting point.

The contact group met during lunch. Meanwhile, a side event organized by the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) was held, “Livelihoods and trade of timber and non-timber forest products for local communities.”

In the afternoon the Committees on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF) and Finance and Administration (CFA) met in parallel. CRF finalized its report to the Council. CFA reviewed a draft decision to amend the rules of procedure and financial rules relating to transparency of CFA documentation, discussed the administrative budget for the Biennial Work Programme 2018-2019, and reviewed the CFA report to the Council. The Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets and the Committee on Forest Industry (CEM-CFI) met afterward to review their report to the Council.

In the evening the Chairman's Open-Ended Drafting Group met to continue work preparing draft decisions for Council consideration on Saturday.

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Council Session

Steven Johnson, ITTO Secretariat; Gerhard Breulmann, ITTO Secretariat; Gerhard Dieterle, ITTO Executive Director; Tabi Agyarko, Chair of ITTC-53; and Zhang Zhongtian (China), Vice-Chair of ITTC-53 

Jorge Malleux Orjeda, Peru, and Sheamala Satkuru, ITTO Secretariat

Emmanuelle Maire, EU

Victoire Eheth and Martin Cyrille Nkie, Cameroon

Milena Sosa Schmidt, Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

John Leigh, Peru

Participants during the Council Session


María Fernanda Potes Paier and Rubén Darío Guerrero, Colombia

Tabi Agyarko, Chair of ITTC-53

Naho Tamura, Tetra Yanuariadi and Li Qiang, ITTO Secretariat

Michael Kleine, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

Ramón Carrillo, ITTO Secretariat

Participants during the Council Session

Danièle Marie Ramiramanana, REFACOF, Cameroon; Ximena Buitrón Cisneros, FairWild Foundation, Brazil; and Cécile Ndjebet, REFACOF, Cameroon

David Cooper, Deputy Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), addressed the Council via video.

David Samuel Estacuy Cojulúm, Guatemala

Hwan Ok-Ma, ITTO Secretariat

Consumer members in consultations

Producer members in consultations

Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF)

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

Marjukka Mähönen, CRF Chair for ITTC-53, congratulates Jobst-Michael Schröder (Germany) on his election as CRF Vice-Chair for ITTC-54.

Josefina Takahashi Sato, Peru

Felix Magallon González, Panama

Jobst-Michael Schröder (Germany), CRF Vice-Chair for ITTC-54

Aysha Ghadiali, US

Committee on Finance and Administration (CFA)

Yoshiko Motoyama, Japan

Rob Busink, the EU

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


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

Anna Tyler (New Zealand), CFI Vice-Chair; 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

Miguel Roberto Mendieta Durón, Honduras

Jorge Malleux Orjeda (Peru), CEM Chair

Achille Orphée Lokossou (Benin), CFI Chair


Around the Venue






Negotiating blocs
European Union