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September 3, 2010

JICA Signs MOU with the International Tropical Timber Organization

PhotoSigning ceremony

On September 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) [1], 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.

PhotoSigning ceremony

In addition to such past activities as the collaborative production of pamphlets [2] about REDD-plus [3] 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.

  • [1] The ITTO is an international agency founded in 1986 based on the 1983 International Tropical Timber Agreement (taking effect in 1985) and headquartered in Yokohama. The ITTO promotes international cooperation between timber-producing and timber-consuming countries to promote the sustainable management of tropical forests, as well as to develop international trade in tropical timber that is legally harvested from forests. The ITTO is composed of 60 member nations, 33 timber-producing and 27 timber-consuming, as well as the European Community.
  • [2] Titled “REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation)—Forest Conservation in Developing Countries,” the pamphlet may be read on JICA’s Web site: http://www.jica.go.jp/publication/pamph/pdf/redd.pdf (PDF/2.09MB)
  • [3] REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. An activity may be classified as either REDD or REDD-plus, depending on its scope. REDD-plus is concerned with the controlling increased deforestation and forest degradation, as well as maintaining carbon measures, promoting sustainable forest management, and increasing the world’s carbon stores.

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