Two leaders from opposite sides of the world discuss climatefriendly forest policy 

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Hosted by: Australian Forest Products Association

The highlands of Scotland are about as far as you can be from the forests of the tropics, but climate change issues know no political or geographicalv boundaries. And when it comes to sustainable ‘climate smart’ fibre supplies and the urgent need to keep 1.5 alive, we live in a deeply connected world of trade and timber flows. 

Speakers: Sheam Satkuru, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) and Mairi McAllan, Minister for the Environment, Biodiversity & Land Reform in the Government of Scotland. Moderated by  Ross Hampton, CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association & Chair UN FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries.   

Date and Time: Tuesday 15 November, 10:00am – 10:45am (EET)

Location: ICC Pavilion

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Mairi McAllan

MSP, Minister for the Environment, Biodiversity & Land Reform in the Government of Scotland

Mairi McAllan MSP was appointed as the Minister for Environment and Land Reform in May 2021. Mairi McAllan is a former lawyer and Special Adviser to the First Minister in Environment, 

Biodiversity and Land Reform and was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2021 to represent the constituency of Clydesdale.

Ms McAllan grew up and was educated in the town of Biggar in South Lanarkshire, before studying Scots Law at the University of Glasgow and European law at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Ms McAllan attended Glasgow University to gain her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and, after qualifying as a Scots lawyer, specialised in energy and natural resources in a Glasgow, commercial firm.

Ms McAllan also cofounded the human rights organisation ‘Reblaw Scotland’.

Sheam Satkuru

Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO)

Sheam Satkuru is a Malaysian citizen and was appointed as the first woman Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization in 2021. She was previously the ITTO Director of Operations, supporting ITTO’s goals, including enhancing organizational efforts towards sustainable forest management in the tropics while expanding and diversifying the trade in tropical wood products from sustainably managed and legally harvested forests.

Her current objectives are to grow financial/policy support for the implementation of sustainable forest management in the tropics, enhance collaborative efforts with international partners, address market access/trade regulations and international policies for tropical forest/products and identify measures towards balancing sustainable production/consumption in line with the SDGs 2030, the United Nations Strategic Plan on Forests and other internationally adopted objectives, as mandated under the International Tropical Timber Agreement 2006.

Sheam holds a Masters degree in Corporate & Commercial Law from Kings College, University of London and is a Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple, London. She brings 27 years of experience in international law and trade regulations/negotiations, international collaboration, sustainable development in tropical forestry and the private sector, legal/policy analysis, advocacy, communications and public affairs. Much of her field experience was gained through her previous position prior to joining the ITTO, working with governments, the private sector and communities while holding the position of the Malaysian Timber Council’s Regional Director for Europe, Turkey and Russia.

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