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Forests Policy & Practice
Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe

Highlights for 1 February, 2013

On Friday, 1 February, the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) opened in morning plenary with a report from an informal group, facilitated by Switzerland, which developed a proposal for editorial changes and reformatting the LBA into convention style. INC-Forests3 then returned to a paragraph-by-paragraph third reading of the general provisions section, agreeing ad referendum on several paragraphs.

Afterward, INC-Forests3 discussed the roadmap for the negotiating process, agreeing that they would suspend INC3 and resume it in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, from 3-5 April 2013. They also agreed to: launch a formal legal working group at St. Petersburg that will address the final clauses section of the LBA apart from the compliance section; and mandate the Bureau, assisted by the INC Secretariat, to draft the LBA annexes to be considered at the St. Petersburg meeting.

The INC Secretariat reported on the state of the trust fund for the INC-Forests process, at which time the EU announced that it would make a €50,000 contribution.

In the final hours of the afternoon, delegates undertook the third reading of the preamble, and Switzerland introduced its proposals, based on the work of the informal group, for reformatting the LBA.

INC-Forests3 adjourned at 6:30 pm.
Room Shot
A view of the room during plenary
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Dais Shot

The dais during plenary (L-R): David Mowat, Secretariat, Ewald Rametsteiner, Secretariat, INC Chair Jan Heino, Finland, INC Secretary Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs, and Manuela Cuvi, Secretariat

Kenan Kiliç
Kenan Kiliç, Turkey
Sibylle Vermont
Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
Alexander Panfilov
Alexander Panfilov, the Russian Federation
Peter Csoka
Peter Csoka, FAO
Liubov Poliakova
Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine
Barbara Ruis
Barbara Ruis, UNEP
Arne Ivar Sletnes
Arne Ivar Sletnes, Norway
Manuela Cuzi
Manuela Cuzi, Secretariat
Noel Holleran
Noel Holleran, Ireland, speaking for the EU
Paola Deda
Paola Deda, UNECE
Beate Berglund Ekeberg
Beate Berglund Ekeberg, Norway
Alexandra Orekhovich
Alexandra Orekhovich, the Russian Federation
Tamer Otrakçier
Tamer Otrakçier, Turkey
Gavel Shot
INC Chair Jan Heino gaveled the session to a close.
Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs and Christine Farcy
INC Secretary Malgorzata Buszko-Briggs and Christine Farcy, Belgium, bid farewell.
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Around the INC
Noel Holleran, Ireland, bid Russian delegates farewell.
EU intervention
The EU signaled an intervention.
Scenic View

The view across the water Friday morning.

Johannes Jürging and Jacqueline Logmani
Johannes Jürging and Jacqueline Logmani, University of Göttingen, looked intently at a laptop.
Local Organizers
Members of the local organizing committee from the General Directorate of Forestry, Turkey (L-R): Eray Özdemır, Hülya Kılıç, Hakan Çerkeşlı, Nihat Karakaya and Ahmet Kisa
IISD Reporting Team

Your INC-Forests3 IISD reporting team (L-R): team leader Keith Ripley, US, writers Maria Eugenia Recio, Argentina, Tasha Goldberg, US, and Jennifer Covert, US, and digital editor Dan Birchall, US

Related Links
Meeting resources
*Meeting website and documents
*Annotated provisional agenda
*Draft negotiating text
*Oslo Mandate
*INC-Forests1 website
*INC-Forests2 website

Other resources
*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)
*UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry Department

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary report of INC-Forests2, 3-7 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011, 29 14-16 June 2011, Oslo, Norway
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the UNFF (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder
*Global forest policy backgrounder
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