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State of Emerging Environmental Markets: James Peters on PES as Vehicles for Biodiversity Conservation

June 23, 2010
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As part of the State of Emerging Environmental Markets session, James Peters, Chief Technical Advisor to the Asian Development Bank EOC, discusses Payments for Ecosystem Services as financial vehicles for biodiversity conservation, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Poverty Reduction and Rural Development.
State of Emerging Environmental Markets: James Peters on PES as Vehicles for Biodiversity Conservation from Katoomba Group on Vimeo.

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State of Emerging Environmental Markets: an Overview, Kate Hamilton from Forest Trends

June 23, 2010
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To kick off the State of Emerging Environmental Markets session Kate Hamilton, from Forest Trends, provides an overview of environmental markets in general.
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State of Emerging Environmental Markets: Richard Caines, International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the IFC’s role in REDD and forestry

June 23, 2010
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Richard Caines from the International Finance Corporation takes the Katoomba meeting through a whistle stop tour of the the IFC’s role in REDD and forestry.
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Keynote Introduction: Nguyen Khac Hieu on Climate and Landuse looking forward

June 23, 2010
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This mornings introduction was on Climate and Landuse in Vietnam looking forward.  It was delivered by Nguyen Khac Hieu, Vice Director General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Government of Vietnam.  Amongst other topics his talk looked at the Vietnamese national programs on climate change.

Apologies if it’s a problem to view.  The length of the presentation necessitated using Vimeo which can be problematic when downloading in areas with slow Internet connections.
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Opening: US Deputy Mission Chief Virginia Palmer – opening address

June 23, 2010
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In her contribution to the opening address US Deputy Mission Chief Virginia Palmer takes us through the oft-forgotten benefits of Ecosystem Services.  She goes on to outline some of these benefits and explains the challenge of ensuring PES is successful as a new field.

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Opening: Norwegian Ambassador Ståle Torstein Risa – opening address

June 23, 2010
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As part of the opening address the Norwegian Ambassador, Ståle Torstein Risa, calls for strengthened combined efforts between COP15 and COP16 to advance climate change reduction and not to lose momentum.  He commends the Vietnamese government on their efforts int he field of PES and proposes the establishment of a transparent, equitable and fair efforts to etablish PES systems globally.

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Opening: Forest Trends President Michael Jenkins heralds Vietnam as PES leader

June 23, 2010
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Forest Trends President Michael Jenkins closed the opening session with a call for stronger representation in the development of REDD from local communities.  In his speech he acknowledges Vietnam as being a regional and global leader in the development of legislation.

Michael goes on to outline the purpose of this Katoomba meeting: to share information and experience and to provide a promotional platform for the range of pilot and demonstration projects underway in the region.

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Opening: Deputy PM of Vietnam opens Katoomba XVII

June 23, 2010
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Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan makes the welcome address to open Katoomba XVII.  In his speech the Deputy PM outlines the current legislative state of play and explains current moves to put a national policy framework in place.

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Video Panel: the UN REDD team

June 22, 2010
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Apologies for the high level of background noise.  We couldn’t resist shooting the interview on the 20th floor of the Sofitel in Hanoi…  The views, as you will see, are fantastic (and it’s open access so if you are attending Katoomba go grab a drink there!).

Here the UN REDD team, Elspeth, Nina and Tim, outline the UN REDD programme – in particular it’s work to develop a framework for the implementation of FPIC, Free, Prior and Informed Consent into REDD.

The three day workshop was challenging at times but ultimately rewarding in that progress was made in the development of guidelines for the FPIC within REDD.

Check out the video below (again – apologies for the background noise, think of it as original Hanoi ambiance) or click through to the UN REDD website to find out more.

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Katoomba conference website is open for contributions…

June 21, 2010
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This week the seventeenth Katoomba conference hits Hanoi, Vietnam – on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th June.

As a word of explanation this website is dedicated to making the event available to all.  Whether you are attending or not there are a number of ways you can engage with our on-line presence:

You can view all content here -  at http://live.katoombagroup.org.  All sessions will have video, audio and written resources added live during the event and will be available to access after the event.  You can navigate the video and other content using the schedule button on the left.  Content will be uploaded throughout the event.

You can follow @KatoombaGroup on Twitter where general PES news as well as conference news is being posted.  Please use the hashtag #katoomba17 for all tweets related to the event.

You can join The Katoomba Group Facebook group here.

And you can join The Katoomba Group on LinkedIn here.

Finally we are welcoming contributions of content from anyone with an interest and expertise in the field.  Please get in touch via any of the channels above, email mail(at)benmetz(dot)org or come and find any of the Katoomba conference folk who are holding a video camera or hiding behind a computer…..

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