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Council session closes with new funds pledged

The Chairperson of the International Tropical Timber Council, Mr Tabi Agyarko, receives a framed gavel from incoming Chairperson, Mr Zhang Zhongtian, at the close of the 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council. Photo: Rahmayanti

The Chairperson of the International Tropical Timber Council, Mr Tabi Agyarko, receives a framed gavel from incoming Chairperson, Mr Zhang Zhongtian, at the close of the 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council. Photo: Rahmayanti

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 view of the Mekong River in the Emerald Triangle Protected Forests Complex. Photo: N. Bhumpakphan/Kasetsart University

A view of the Mekong River in the Emerald Triangle Protected Forests Complex. Photo: N. Bhumpakphan/Kasetsart University

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.

Small enterprises boosted by ITTO microfinance

A microcredit scheme established under an ITTO activity is showing promise in boosting the efficiency and profitability of small and medium-sized forest enterprises in Indonesia.

The scheme is one of several dozen projects and activities under review by delegates at the 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council.

Trade Advisory Group backs ITTO’s support for green supply chains

The International Tropical Timber Organization should work closely with China and other ITTO members to promote the stable, legal and sustainable supply of tropical timber in China and worldwide, according to ITTO’s Trade Advisory Group (TAG).

In a statement issued at the conclusion of the 2017 Annual Market Discussion, held today in Lima, Peru as part of the 53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council, the TAG noted “a growing desire in China” to develop green timber supply chains.

Council deliberates on gender policy guidelines

The adoption of gender guidelines would provide a much-needed policy framework for mainstreaming gender considerations in ITTO and thereby enhancing the impact and effectiveness of the Organization’s policy and project work, according to consultant Stephanie Caswell, who presented a report on the topic on the second day of the 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council.

Her report included proposed “ITTO Policy Guidelines on Gender Equality and Empowering Women”, which address eight core elements: ITTO policies, plans and thematic programmes; the project cycle; capacity building; statistics and information; learning, knowledge management and communication; networking and collaboration; internal functioning; and accountability.

President of Peru opens 53rd Council session in Lima

Conserving and sustainably managing Peru’s vast forest resources is fundamentally important for ensuring the country’s future, according to the President of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Godard.

Mr Kuczynski was speaking on Monday 27 November 2017 at the opening of the 53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council in Lima, Peru.

“The position of Peru is clear,” said Mr Kuczynski. “It is to promote, along with other countries, the conservation of tropical forests, because they provide oxygen and freshwater supply and mitigate climate change. … If we don’t protect our tropical forests, it will have a huge impact on future generations.”

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