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Highlights for Thursday, 9 September 2004

The Ad Hoc Expert Group on Consideration with a View to Recommending the Parameters of a Mandate for Developing a Legal Framework on All Types of Forests (AHEG-PARAM) met for its third day on Thursday at UN headquarters in New York.  

In the morning, participants continued discussions on options for a new international arrangement on forests (IAF), underlining the need to, inter alia, improve access to financing, increase monitoring and reporting functions, focus on sustainable forest management (SFM), and improve implementation. In the afternoon, experts reviewed draft text prepared by Co-Chairs Rollinson and Alban Duran for the report to be forwarded to UNFF-5.


From left to right: Pekka Patosaari, Co-ordinator and Head, Secretariat of the UNFF; Co-Chair Tim Rollinson; Co-Chair Andrea Alban Durán; and Peter Csoka from the UNFF Secretariat.


Yuji Imaizumi, Ministry of Agriculture, Foresty and Fisheries of Japan, said that any arrangement with excessive financial burden is less likely to be accepted.


Ramiro Riobó, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, explained that the critical point is to reach out to the communities that live in or from forests.


Hossein Moeini Meybodi, Permanent Mission of the I.R. of Iran to the United Nations noted that a stand-alone convention would not solve all problems.


Don Wijewardana, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of New Zealand, suggested helping countries to identify their own performance criteria.


David Humphreys, United Kingdom Delegation


James N. Singh, Guyana Forestry Commission, said a new IAF should aim to reduce poverty and improve local-community livelihoods.


Fred Manuel Batlle Río, National Forests Agency (INAB), favored an LBI, noting that it would bolster, strengthen and enrich national legislation.


Ingwald Gschwandtl, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria


Bill Mankin, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), explained that an LBI is not a viable political option; the IAF will continue; and it needs to be radically overhauled.


In spite of outstanding work to be carried over from Thursday’s discussion, many experts felt that there is no reason to think that the group’s report cannot be completed by Friday at 6:00 pm. Although some expressed disappointment with the negotiating spin that the review of the Co-Chairs’ draft was taking, several participants noted that the tone of discussions remained, for the most part, focused.



In the afternoon, Co-Chair Alban Duran (Colombia) introduced a Co-Chairs’ draft text summarizing the meeting’s discussions.

Claudio Gutiérrez (Argentina) requested that the importance of financing be better reflected throughout the report.


Hans P. Hoogeveen, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Netherlands, stressed the need to agree on an intersessional process until UNFF-5.


John Bazill, European Community, said a new IAF must facilitate communication, and promote inter-sectoral initiatives among international institutions and processes.


Fady Raymond Asmar, Lebanon, said cooperation under a new IAF should be strengthened, noting the importance of cooperation with FAO and UN Convention to Combat Desertification.


Tony Bartlett, Australia, proposed the inclusion of the establishment of protected areas as a goal.


Participants discussing the documents during the afternoon session


Jan McAlpine (US), requested including possible elements of the future IAF.


Tasso Rezende de Azevedo, Brazil

Experts from Canada and the US trying to find a common ground

Miscellaneous Photos:

Claudio Gutiérrez (Argentina) talks to Co-Chair Andrea Alban Durán (Colombia) before the afternoon session


Co-Chair Tim Rollinson, and Peter Csoka from the UNFF Secretariat


Gerald (Jerry) A. Rose, Forest Sustainability Consultant, reading today's Earth Negotiations Bulletin


Modesto Fernandez suggested that the views of experts should be separated from those presented by governments and major groups.

Mauricio Limón Aguirre, Chief of Legal Division, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico; and Francisco García, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico

Links to further information

United Nations Forum on Forests (includes UNFF4 documents and information on previous Sessions)
Documents and Reference Materials
ENB summary from UNFF-4: English (HTML, PDF, TEXT) French (HTML, PDF, TEXT)
ENB summary from UNFF-3: English (HTML, PDF, TEXT) French (HTML, PDF, TEXT)
ENB summary from the United Nations Conference for the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the ITTA, 1994: (HTML, PDF, TEXT)
ENB summary from ITTC-36: (HTML, PDF, TEXT)
ENB summary from Forests and Forest Ecosystems: Promoting Synergy in the Implementation of the Three Rio Conventions: English (HTML, PDF, TEXT) French (HTML, PDF, TEXT)
Linkages forests, desertification and land issues page, including a brief introduction to global forest policy



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