David Brand, founder and Managing Director of New Forests, presents his experience of developing successful public-private partnerships. David is one of the co-founders of the Katoomba conferences and has been in the sector for 25 years. He’s a wealth of knowledge. Glean a little of it in the video below.
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Dirk Walterspacher from C02OL talks us through his initiative using payments for carbon sequestraiton to create new forests of high biodiversity and social welfare in Vietnam.
Apologies for the two part nature of this video. One of the down sides of using the Kodak zi8 is that the zoom is the same button as the start/stop button! It’s all part of the learning curve!
And here’s the panel discussion, chaired by Michael Jenkins, that followed Walter and David’s presentations. The first video is the introduction to the Q&A and the second is the Q&A itself.
Dr. David Brand is the founder of New Forests Pty Limited and has experience working with a wide range of public and private sector organisations in the forestry sector. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC-based organisation Forest Trends and of Environment Business Australia and also serves on the Council of the World Economic Forum.
In this interview David gives us a whistle-stop tour of how he came to found New Forests, the big PES issues for SE Asia and what he plans to cover when he presents at the session on Voices from the Markets.
Speaker Biography: Richard Caines, Principal Specialist, Environmental and Social Development, East Asia and Pacific International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Richard Caines is head of the environmental and social development program in the East Asia and Pacific Region, responsible for ensuring that the Corporation’s investment work aligns with its sustainability objective. Working closely with clients and other IFC staff, this includes appropriate risk management and identification of environment and social opportunities to improve a client’s business performance. His area of technical focus is biodiversity and sustainable natural resource management. Richard joined IFC in 1998. Prior to his current position, Richard was the Manager of the IFC’s Knowledge and Innovation Group, which focused on capturing the Corporation’s social and environmental ‘know-how’ and communicating it effectively to both internal and external audiences.
Richard trained as a marine biologist. Prior to joining IFC, he worked on marine pollution issues in the NGO sector and ran the UK due diligence and management systems business for the global consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM).
David Brand has over 25 years’ experience in business management, investment management, science, public policy, public administration and international affairs. David Brand is the founder of New Forests Pty Limited and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC-based organisation Forest Trends and of Environment Business Australia. Previously he was director of the New Forests Program with Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG). Prior to joining HNRG, David was the Executive General Manager of State Forests of NSW. In that position he was active in
supporting the development of carbon trading in New South Wales, Australia. From 1985 to 1995 he worked with the Canadian Forest Service as a scientist, director of scientific programs and ultimately as national Director-General of Science and Sustainable Development. He has a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science, Forestry
from the University of Toronto in Canada.