Welcome & Conference Opening

Closing Plenary – Michael Jenkins

June 24, 2010
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As part of the wrap up to Katoomba XVII Michael Jenkins gives us his closing thoughts.  It’s been a jam-packed two days of talks and networking with an overriding sense of optimism and potential for PES and REDD in Southeast Asia.  The challenge in going forward will be to keep the momentum building and consolidate the networking and potential for development that has been stimulated by this event.

The remaining Katoomba delegates are heading out on a three-day field trip to go grapple with mangroves and aquaculture projects.  This leaves a little more work to be done on this website as, due to bandwidth challenges, the website requires more work than time has allowed.  Watch this space for more video and Katoomba XVII related resources over the next week or two…

Many thanks to all for the myriad of contributions and great feedback!

The Katoomba Conference Team.

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Second Day Welcome and Day One Recap – Kerstin Canby

June 24, 2010
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Here Forest Trends’ Kerstin Canby welcomes us back for day two and recaps the sessions covered in day one.
Welcome and Day One Recap – Kerstin Canby from Katoomba Group on Vimeo.

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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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Speaker Biography: Virginia Palmer, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam

June 20, 2010
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Virginia Palmer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She began her duties as Deputy Chief of Mission in Hanoi in August 2008. She was the Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism from September 2005 to May 2008. Prior to that, she was the Director of the East Asia Bureau’s Office of Economic Policy. She was Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous tours include Beijing, Hong Kong, Harare, Calgary, the Office of Maghreb Affairs, and the Operations Center in the State Department. She has an M.A. from the University of Virginia and a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University. She speaks Chinese and French. Virginia and her husband, Ismail Asmal, also a Foreign Service Officer, have two daughters.

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Skype Interview Series: Michael Jenkins from Forest Trends

June 10, 2010
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In our latest Skype Interview Michael Jenkins, founder and CEO of Forest Trends, outlines the thinking behind hosting the 17th Katoomba event in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Apologies for the poor quality of the video recording.  The audio is OK though!

Michael Jenkins from Forest Trends on Katoomba in Vietnam from Katoomba Group on Vimeo.

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Speaker Biographies: Michael Jenkins, CEO and President, Forest Trends

April 23, 2010
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Michael Jenkins is President of Forest Trends. From 1989-1999, he was the Associate Director for the Global Security and Sustainability Program of the MacArthur Foundation. Michael’s responsibilities with the Program included all grant-making in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as overarching program management. In 1998, Michael was in a joint appointment as a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank. Before entering the MacArthur Foundation, he worked for three years as an agroforester in Haiti with the USAID Agroforestry Outreach Program. Previous to that, he worked with a Washington-based development organization, Appropriate Technology International, as a technical advisor. In the late 1970s, Michael was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay working in agriculture, apiculture, and forestry projects. He has traveled and worked throughout Latin America, Asia and parts of Africa, and speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, Creole and Guaraní. Michael has contributed to a number of books and articles, and with Island Press published “The Business of Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for an Industry in Transition”. He holds a Master’s of Forest Science from Yale University.

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