September 3, 2010
On September 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) , strengthening ties to support the conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests. The signing took place at ITTO headquarters in Yokohama between JICA’s Senior Vice-president Kenzo Oshima and ITTO’s Executive Director Emmanuel Ze Meka.
The goal of the MOU is to provide appropriate development support by promoting conservation and sustainable use of the world’s tropical forests. Using the strengths of both organizations in complementary fashion to support developing countries, the MOU strengthens ties between the ITTO, which holds a powerful influence on the world’s tropical forest policies such as by establishing international guidelines on the sustainable management of tropical forests, and JICA, which has a great deal of practical experience in carrying out tropical forest conversation particularly at the field level and focuses on natural environmental conservation as one of its key issues.
In addition to such past activities as the collaborative production of pamphlets  about REDD-plus  and holding workshops on biodiversity conservation themes, the two organizations plan to hold collaborative side events at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) to be held in Nagoya this October.
With the MOU concluded, JICA will strengthen its connection with ITTO even further, and they will continue to actively promote the conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests, which contributes greatly to climate change measures.