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Challenging the conventional wisdom

Denpasar, Indonesia, 9 May 2002

What direction should environmentalism take in the 21st century?

This provokative question will be posed by outspoken environmental advocate Dr Patrick Moore at this year's ITTO Annual Market Discussion, to be held here in conjunction with the 32nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council.

Dr Moore has been involved in the international environmental field for over 30 years. He is a founding member of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr Moore was a driving force shaping Greenpeace policy as it became the world's largest environmental activist organization. In recent years, though, he has been critical of the environmental movement, and his presentation is certain to challenge conventional wisdom about tropical forests.

Also speaking at the Annual Market Discussion will be world-renowned expert on the tropical timber trade, Dr Jim Bourke. He will advocate innovative ways for the tropical timber trade to re-energize itself in the context of a severely depressed tropical timber market.

The Annual Market Discussion is organized in consultation with the ITTO Trade Advisory Group, which comprises traders, manufacturers and importers and exporters from around the world. Trade and industry organizations such as Indonesia's APKINDO, ISA and the Concessionaires Association, the Sarawak Timber Association, the Ghana Timber Export Board, The UK Timber Trade Federation, the PNG Forest Industries Association and the US based International Wood Products Association will be represented at the Market Discussion.

The Annual Market Discussion is open to the public and the media and will be held on Tuesday 14 May 2002 at the Bali International Convention Center, 09:30Ð12:30.

For more information contact: Dr Mike Adams, ITTO Secretariat.