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25th anniversary of the ITTO Fellowship Programme

Prof. Daniela Pauletto (Brazil) highlights the impacts of the ITTO Fellowship Programme in her professional life at ITTC-50. Photo: C. Aoki/ITTO

Prof. Daniela Pauletto (Brazil) highlights the impacts of the ITTO Fellowship Programme in her professional life at ITTC-50. Photo: C. Aoki/ITTO

During the 50th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) which took place on 3-8 November 2014 in Yokohama, Japan, the ITTO Fellowship Programme[1] celebrated its 25th anniversary and awarded 23 new fellowships valued at US$150,780.00. Three former fellows were also invited to present their success stories during the Opening Session of the ITTC-50.

US$8.3 million in new funds pledged for tropical forests

Closing day of ITTC-50. Photo: IISD Reporting Service

Closing day of ITTC-50. Photo: IISD Reporting Service

At the closing of its 50th Session on Saturday, the 8th of November 2014 in Yokohama, Japan, the International Tropical Timber Council announced additional funding of US$8.3 million to continue the work of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) in promoting the expansion and diversification of international trade in tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested forests and the sustainable management of tropical timber producing forests. The Council also approved a new biennial work programme (BWP) for 2015–2016.

Changing market landscape for tropical timber

The ITTO Annual Market Discussion 2014, organized by the Organization’s Trade Advisory Group (TAG), took place on Wednesday, the 5th of November 2014 with the theme “Domestic and emerging international markets – a changing market landscape”. The theme chosen by the TAG reflects the economic growth across Asia, Latin America and Africa in recent years, which is changing the nature of the global wood products market and is gradually shifting demand from west to east.

50th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council opens

The International Tropical Timber Council[1] (ITTC) opened its 50th Session on November 3rd, a milestone that will have a major impact on the future of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). Key items on the agenda include the election of a new Executive Director to take office in November 2015 and the approval of a new Biennial work programme for the years 2015-2016. The Council will also review the international tropical timber situation for the 2013-2014 biennium and undertake its annual market discussion under the theme ‘Domestic and emerging international markets – a changing market landscape’.

Life after 50

The International Tropical Timber Council is turning 50—that is, it is about to convene in its 50th session. The Council is ITTO’s governing body, and it has achieved much since its first session in Geneva in 1985/86. This special edition of the TFU features interviews with nine Council chairs, from the early days of the Council through to the present, as well as with the chairs of the Trade Advisory Group (TAG), the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) and a representative of the host city, Yokohama. We ask interviewees about the challenges the Council has faced over the years, its achievements, its strengths and weaknesses, and what its role might be in the future.

Commitment renewed for tropical forest biodiversity

On 13 October, Mr. Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of ITTO and Dr. Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of CBD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the ITTO-CBD-JICA joint side event on “Achieving forest-related Aichi Targets on the ground: ITTO/CBD Collaborative Initiative for tropical forest biodiversity” held on the occasion of the CBD COP 12 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

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