International Tropical Timber Agreement 2006 Pdf

17. Calls on the Commission to start preparations for the next round of negotiations on itTA in order to ensure a substantial improvement in the successor agreement; 12. Calls on the Commission to develop appropriate financing mechanisms for countries that decide to prioritise the longer-term objective of promoting sustainable forests rather than maximising short-term incomes and to consider the possibility of reorganising the coordination system of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) in order to reward timber-producing countries that prioritise conservation and sustainable use of forest resources; 4. Considers that public procurement policy should require that timber and timber products be obtained from legal and sustainable sources in order to promote the authorities` practical commitment to good forest governance and the fight against corruption; F. Whereas the inhabitants of the timber-producing countries should not be expected to bear the costs of conserving a world resource, fifty-eight parties have signed the 1983 Agreement: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Cameroon, Canada, the People`s Republic of China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Côte d`Ivoire, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, the European Union, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela 2. calls on the Commission and the Member States to significantly increase the financial resources available in order to improve the conservation and environmentally responsible use of tropical forests, to support measures to strengthen environmental policy and capacity building and to promote economically viable alternatives to logging, mining and destructive agricultural practices; 13. Considers that a future agreement should ensure the involvement of parliamentarians and civil society in policy formulation and that there are provisions for the independent review of the sustainability of members` forest policies and their impact on indigenous peoples; 1. welcomes the completion of the 2006 ITTA, as the failure of an agreement would have sent a negative signal about the international community`s commitment to promoting the protection and sustainable use of tropical forests; considers, however, that the result is far below what is needed to cope with the loss of these forests; D. whereas, according to FAO estimates, less than 8% of the world`s forest area is labelled and less than 5% of tropical forests are managed sustainably; 15. Calls on the Commission to provide annual reports on the implementation of itTA and on measures to minimise the negative effects of trade on tropical forests, including the consequences of free trade agreements and bilateral agreements under the FLEGT programme, to be produced; 18. .

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