The Expert Panel for the Technical Appraisal of Project Proposals submitted to the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) met at its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan from July 09 to 13, 2018.
The Expert Panel on the terrace of ITTO’s secretariat in Yokohama from left to right: J. Leigh (Peru), K. Korhonen (Finnland), M.N. Idrissu (Ghana), H. Sidabutar (Indonesien), K.-B. Shim (Korea), A. Velázquez (Mexiko), A. Zamecnik (USA), J.M. Schröder (Deutschland), E. Savet (Kambodscha), A.O. Lokossou (Benin), R. Konishi (Japan). The representative of China was not present. (© ITTO)
Out of 39 submitted proposals which had to be assessed unanimously, 16 were concluded as good and recommended for funding, 18 were returned to the proponent for major amendments and five were rejected because a complete reformulation appeared to be necessary. The predominant number of proposals was related to the category “Reforestation and Forest Management”, while the categories “Forest Industry” and “Economics, Statistics and Markets” were underrepresented. The Expert Panel was chaired by the German representative Dr. J.M. Schröder.