BEIJING, November 24–The seminar on foreign forest-related negotiations, organized by the Department of International Cooperation of the State Forestry Administration, was held in Beijing on November 11-12, 2009. Officials from relevant departments, organizations responsible for implementation of international conventions and institutes under the administration were present at the meeting.

Yin Hong, deputy director administrator, attended the seminar and stressed the importance of foreign forest-related negotiations work.

Yin said it was imperative to conduct special researches and foster a strong team of negotiators, and made arrangements on the tasks and requirements for the negotiation work in the future.

Before and during negotiations, Yin said, adequate researches and plans should be made in order to better protect the national interests, and cooperation among different organizations will help make the negotiations successful. 

Yin said a strong and competent team of negotiators would be able to deal with various emergencies and difficult issues, and could defend the country’s interest and allay pressure posed on the country. The deputy administrator also called to improve the convention implementation organizations and to comprehensively elevate China’s role in the implementation of international conventions and international affairs.

At present, foreign forest-related negotiations mainly involve 10 aspects, including climate change, forestry, illegal felling and relevant trade, global forest issues, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plant, the protection wild animals and plants and forest certification.

The participants analyzed major issues in the negotiations, and discussed ways to strengthen the work on foreign forest-related negotiations.