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ITTO to co-host upcoming symposium on deforestation-free supply chains

ITTO is partnering with the Forestry Agency of Japan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and others to host an international conference in Tokyo with the aim of scaling up efforts to halt deforestation by encouraging deforestation-free supply chains.

The International Symposium on the Promotion of Deforestation-free Global Supply Chains for Contributing to Halt Deforestation will take place on 23–24 January 2018. Among other things, it will report on the status of the commitment – made in New York in 2015 – to halt deforestation globally by 2030, and help spread good practices in the private sector in Japan and elsewhere toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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Season's greetings from ITTO

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Green growth, landscape restoration and climate-change mitigation go hand-in-hand, says Dieterle

Green growth is essential for restoring forested landscapes and combating climate change, according to ITTO’s Executive Director, Dr Gerhard Dieterle.

Speaking at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany, earlier this week, Dr Dieterle said that green economic growth is needed to drive forest landscape restoration, which, in turn, would help conserve biodiversity while generating employment, storing carbon and ensuring a sustainable supply of timber. Sustainably produced timber would provide climate-change mitigation benefits in addition to carbon storage because it can be used to substitute for fossil products. “Such substitution benefits could eventually exceed those of all other forest-related measures combined,” he said.

Council session closes with new funds pledged

ITTO will have an additional US$2.2 million of funds available for implementing its work programme thanks to pledges made by donors at the 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council, intersessional pledges, and an announcement by Germany that it will pledge US$1 million after it completes administrative procedures.

Donors at the session were the United States of America, the Republic of Korea, China, Finland and the Netherlands. The funds will be used to finance several activities in the newly approved Biennial Work Programme.

Council launches major report on Emerald Triangle

A report on the progress made in transboundary cooperation between Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Thailand under a long-running project conducted as part of the ITTO–CBD Collaborative Initiative for Tropical Forest Biodiversity was launched today at the 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council in Lima, Peru.