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The 36th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council

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The 36th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council

July 26, 2004 - July 30, 2004

Geneva and Interlaken, Switzerland

As a member and co-chair of the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) in the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Forest Trends advanced the participation of community voices in the CSAG and their inputs into the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA) discussions. The Civil Society Advisory Group launched a position statement on the successor agreement to the ITTA which was negotiated July 26-30th in Geneva, presenting recommendations on a range of issues including the scope of ITTO, role of communities in decision-making, and the inclusion of non-timber forest products and ecosystem service markets in the agreement and organization’s focus.

As a member of the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), Forest Trends also co-chaired a meeting with the Trade Advisory Group (TAG) of the ITTO to identify joint measures to combat illegal logging. Their recommendations were presented at the Thirty-sixth Council Session in the same city. As a result, donors pledged to support the top three short-term actions: (1) an international conference on communities, tenure and illegal logging; (2) a conference on illegal transport; and (3) new funding to support private and civil society partnerships to advance sustainable forestry. The ITTO is studying the full set of recommendations to see how they can be incorporated into its current work plan.

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