With billions of dollars pledged to help safeguard the world’s forests in order to slow the pace of climate change, there is an increasing urgency for all regions of the forested tropics to share experiences on how to best manage those forests for their sustainable use and for the benefit of their people.
In this half-day conference on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties, experts on the Basin, home to the world’s largest tropical forest and dozens of REDD+ pilot projects, will meet with scientists from Africa, home to the second-largest tropical forest, to share experiences and discuss challenges and opportunities for the coming years.
The conference, titled Amazon Evening: A South-South Exchange with Africa, is jointly hosted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation). It will be held from 2 pm on December 2 at the Suncoast Conference Centre in Durban, South Africa.
This will be the second Amazon Evening. The first was held on the sidelines of COP16 in Cancún in 2010 and was attended by about 300 international stakeholders.
|13:00 – 14:00||Registration|
|14:00 – 14:10||Keynote speech: Virgilio Viana, Chief Executive Officer, FAS, Brazil|
|14: 10 – 15:40||Panel 1. Exchange of experiences between Africa and Amazonia: Challenges and lessons learnt
Discussants will deliver brief remarks in response to the following question: What are the three key lessons learnt for successful REDD+ design and implementation?· Chair: Yemi Katerere, Head, UN-REDD Programme Secretariat, Switzerland (to be confirmed)· Sheila Wertz-Kanounnikoff, Senior Associate, Forests and Governance Programme, CIFOR, Mozambique
· Andre Correa do Lago, Chief Negotiator for Climate Change for Brazil and Head of the Department of Environment and Special Themes, Brazilian Ministry of External Relations, Brazil (to be confirmed)
· Andre Aquino, Environment Specialist, Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank, Democratic Republic of the Congo
· Victor Kabengele, Project Coordinator, Ministry of Environment, DR Congo and Representative, Republic of Congo (to be confirmed)
· Isilda Nhantumbo, Senior Researcher, Natural Resources Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), United Kingdom
· Alberto Paniagua, Executive Director, Peruvian Trust Fund for National Parks and Protected Areas
|15:40 – 16:00||Coffee break|
|16:00 – 17:30||Panel 2. Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) challenges for REDD: How can Latin America and Africa collaborate?
Discussants will deliver brief remarks in response to the following questions: What are the most important issues arising from the process of moving from data gathering and processing toward REDD+ policy actions? What kind of collaboration could support this process?· Chair: Louis Verchot, Principal Scientist, Forests and Environment Programme, CIFOR, Indonesia· Carlos Nobre, Senior Scientist, National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil (to be confirmed)
Rebecca Moore, Google Earth Outreach (to be confirmed)
· Bernard Guedes, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Mozambique (to be confirmed)
· Denis Sonwa, Scientist, Forest and Environment Programme, CIFOR, Cameroon
|17:30 – 17:40||Brief remarks on private company involvement with the promotion of social technologies in developing countries. Bradesco Bank spokesperson|
|17:40 – 17:50||Closing remarks. Christine Padoch, Programme Director, Forests and Livelihoods, CIFOR, Indonesia|
|18:00 – 20:00||Cocktail and launch of a new publication , The Role of Community Forestry and REDD+|
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