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Forests Policy & Practice
Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)

10-14 June 2013 | Warsaw, Poland

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Highlights for Tuesday, 11 June 2013
INC-Forests4 continued on Tuesday, 11 June. Contact group facilitator Christoph Dürr, Switzerland, presented a report on the group's work on the definition of forests, and on outstanding issues in the articles on principles, forest resources and their contribution to global carbon cycles, productive functions of forests, and monitoring and reporting. The INC agreed to proposed compromises concerning: the definition of forests; the relationship of the convention with other agreements; forest fragmentation; the use of wood from sustainably-managed forests; and references to criteria and indicators in guiding parties' reporting on the status of their forests and progress towards sustainable forest management (SFM).

Facilitator Stephen Lowe, UK, then reported that the Legal Expert Group's review of the draft annex on conciliation resulted only in one minor editorial change, but that at the request of one delegation, the entire annex was bracketed pending further reflection.

The INC-Forests Secretariat then introduced the Bureau's paper on: major cost elements likely to be associated with the convention; possible sources of financial resources; and proposed text on the financial provisions of the convention calling for the conference of the parties (COP) to adopt, by consensus at its first meeting, the financial rules and necessary financial arrangements for the purpose of implementing the convention. The INC agreed to add the Bureau’s proposal to the draft negotiating text and then held an initial discussion on finance, including whether there should be mandatory and/or voluntary contributions.

The INC also discussed the articles regarding the COP and the right to vote, as well as the outstanding issues in the articles on the secretariat and compliance. The outstanding issues on the COP, the secretariat and compliance were referred to a contact group to be convened in the evening. The INC reviewed outstanding issues in articles regarding the settlement of disputes, protocols, the depositary, signature, ratification, entry into force and withdrawal, but was not able to remove all brackets and reach agreement on final clauses. The INC did however agree to delete a reference in the convention to a possible annex on indicators.

In addition to the contact group on the COP, secretariat and compliance, an informal Chair's consultation was held seeking a compromise on hosting the convention.
L-R: Manuela Cuvi and Peter Csoka, FAO (photo courtesy of INC-Forests Secretariat)
Luca Arnold, Switzerland, intervenes during discussion of the article on the Conference of the Parties.
Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine
Ivonne Higuero, UNEP, asks to speak during discussion on finance. (photo courtesy of INC-Forests Secretariat)
Delegates confer before the start of the afternoon plenary.
Alexander Panfilov, Russian Federation
Friedrich Wulf, Pro Natura, suggests language regarding stakeholder involvement in compliance monitoring.
Beate Berglund Ekeberg, Norway, suggests text in the article on the Conference of the Parties.
Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE, intervenes during discussion of the article on the secretariat.
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO, intervenes during discussion of the article on the secretariat.
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Meeting resources
*Session website
*Session documents
*Session annotated provisional agenda
*Draft negotiating text
*Oslo Mandate
*INC-Forests1 website
*INC-Forests2 website
*INC-Forests3 website
*Resumed INC-Forest3

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

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of Tenth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10), 8-19 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
*IISD RS coverage of Resumed INC-Forest3, 3-5 April 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests3, 28 January - 1 February 2013, Antalya, Turkey
*IISD RS coverage of Twelfth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 5 November 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America
*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 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
*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues
*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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