Archive for April, 2010

Speaker Biography: Don Macintosh, Director, Mangroves for the Future

April 23, 2010
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Don Macintosh has more than 30 years of experience working in developing countries. He has conducted research on and published papers on mangrove ecosystems in Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. He has been the project manager on a number of resources management project in Southeast Asia – focussing on mangroves and coral reefs. Prof Macintosh has supervised a number of PhD (more than 10), MSc (more than 30) and numerous BSc students. Been course director for the International MSc program in Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, UK. Prof Macintosh has been hired as an independent consultant for a number of Aid Organisations (e.g. Danida, The World Bank, Danish Red Cross, Save the Children Fund). He is currently director of the Centre for Tropical Ecosystems Research, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark as well as the coordinator of the Mangroves for the Future initiative.

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Speaker Biography: Katherine Hamilton, Director, Ecosystem Marketplace

April 23, 2010
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Katherine Hamilton is the Managing Director of Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace. At Ecosystem Marketplace, she has authored numerous pieces on carbon and water markets, as well as co-authored the book Voluntary Carbon Markets and three annual State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets reports.  Before joining Ecosystem Marketplace, Katherine worked as a Hixon Center for Urban Ecology Fellow with the United Nations Development Program-Latin America/Caribbean and as a lead research assistant at the Yale Environmental Law and Policy Center. She has also held positions with Natural Capitalism Inc. in Boulder, Colorado, the International Council for Science in Paris, France, and teaching outdoor environmental education. Katherine holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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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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About

April 23, 2010
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Through-out Southeast Asia, there is increasing regional interest in market-based conservation strategies, including payments for ecosystem services (PES). While a number of projects are underway, PES in the Southeast Asia region primarily occurs on an ad hoc basis through small-scale pilot projects. However, information, capacity to design and manage PES deals, and institutions to support on-the-ground implementation are often lacking and have hindered efforts to scale up.

Carbon markets, both regulated and voluntary, have grown rapidly and offer opportunities for new investment in rural regions of SE Asia. The emergence of opportunities for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) makes it even more important for countries in the region to build their capacity and put in place ‘REDD readiness’ strategies.
Many SE Asian nations face a range of water-related challenges, including threats to reliable flows of water and the marine environment. While there are efforts underway to introduce market-based approaches — such as payments for watershed services (PWS) and user fees in marine protected areas — there remain outstanding questions, such as: how to identify additional prospective buyers; how to structure the contracts; how to distribute payments equitably to communities; how to monitor the schemes to ensure efficient and effective delivery of the service; and how to ensure that payments schemes are sustainable.

Mangrove ecosystems, in particular, are of particular interest to stakeholders in the region and represent an interesting vehicle to bridge forest and marine, adaptation and mitigation, and local and international financing schemes (e.g. REDD). Carbon pools of mangroves are now being shown to exceed that of upland tropical forests. Throughout the Mekong region, market-based instruments for the conservation of marine and mangrove ecosystems are still nascent, with only a few small-scale case studies or pilots.

In response to these questions and challenges, the 2010 South East Asia Katoomba Group meeting offers a unique opportunity to further develop:

REDD readiness strategies including post-COP15 discussions on national-level REDD systems, international, regional and national experience, investor and other stakeholder engagement, pilot demonstration sites, capacity building / training needs, and research agendas; and
Payment for Watershed Services sc
Payment for Marine Ecosystem services throughout the region, by exploring how climate change adaptation strategies can be complemented by mitigation measures and revenues from carbon credits; and identifying buyers for a range of marine ecosystem services.
Biodiversity Markets and Market-like Structures

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Video: Combining Multiple PES Markets

April 2, 2010
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Video: Combining Multiple PES Markets.

This section will shortly contain video resources on the session on Combining Multiple PES Markets at Katoomba 17, focused on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia.

If you would like to contribute to this resource please contact ben(dot)metz(at)katoombagroup(dot)org.

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Video: Coastal and Marine Markets

April 2, 2010
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Video: Coastal and Marine Markets.

This section will shortly contain video resources on the session on Coastal and Marine Markets at Katoomba 17, focused on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia.

If you would like to contribute to this resource please contact ben(dot)metz(at)katoombagroup(dot)org.

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Video: Biodiversity Markets

April 2, 2010
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Video: Biodiversity Markets.

This section will shortly contain video resources on the session on Biodiversity Markets at Katoomba 17, focused on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia.

If you would like to contribute to this resource please contact ben(dot)metz(at)katoombagroup(dot)org.

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Video: Payments for Watershed Ecosystem Services

April 2, 2010
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Video: Payments for Watershed Ecosystem Services.

This section will shortly contain video resources on the session on Payments for Watershed Ecosystem Services at Katoomba 17, focused on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia.

If you would like to contribute to this resource please contact ben(dot)metz(at)katoombagroup(dot)org.

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Video: The Vietnam Experience

April 2, 2010
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Video: The Vietnam Experience.

This section will shortly contain video resources on the session on The Vietnam Experience at Katoomba 17, focused on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia.

If you would like to contribute to this resource please contact ben(dot)metz(at)katoombagroup(dot)org.

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Video: Projects, Products and Measurement Reporting

April 2, 2010
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Video: Projects, Products and Measurement Reporting.

This section will shortly contain video resources on the session on Projects, Products and Measurement Reporting at Katoomba 17, focused on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Southeast Asia.

If you would like to contribute to this resource please contact ben(dot)metz(at)katoombagroup(dot)org.

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