7 Dec – ITTO announced the entry into force of the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006
The 47th session of International Tropical Timber Council was held in La Antigua, Guatemala 14-19 November and interesting discussions on tropical forestry among producer and consumer countries took place.
ITTO – World trade in tropical timber
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) was established in 1986 and brings together countries which produce and consume tropical timber to discuss and exchange information and develop policies on all aspects of the global tropical timber economy. The ITTO has its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan and has 60 members, including the European Community, which together represent about 90 percent of world trade in tropical timber and 80 percent of the world’s tropical forests.
The International Tropical Timber Agreement
During ITTO:s 47th Council session a number of interesting issues were discussed. Entry into force of the International Tropical Timber Agreement 2006 was intensively discussed, but there is still need for some more countries to ratify the agreement until it could enter into force. This will most likely happen during 2012.
ITTO cooperation with CITES and CBD
The Council agreed on a biennial working programme, which includes activities like continued ITTO cooperation with CITES and CBD; review of the ITTO guidelines for planted tropical forest as well as tropical forest fires; it was also agreed to carry out a study how the economic crisis will impact on the trade in tropical forest products.
During the deliberations it became clear that trade in products from tropical forest have suffered extensively due to the economic crisis but have to some extent started to recover during 2011. The main importers of tropical timber are China and India.
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) announced the entry into force of the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006) effective Wednesday, December 7th 2011. The ratification of the agreement by the West African nation of Benin triggered the entry into force of this successor agreement to the Organization’s current governing treaty (ITTA, 1994).
ITTO press release at https://www.itto.int/news_releases/id=2851
Björn Merkell, International cordinator, Swedish Forest Agency