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Voices from the Markets

May 2, 2010
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Voices from the Markets

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This session will explore a range of enabling policy environments which encourage public-private investment partnerships, catalyzing flows of private capital into local climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives.

Panel

ModeratorMichael Jenkins, Forest Trends

Public-Private Investment Partnerships.

David Brand, Managing Director, New Forests Pty Limited

How Payments for Carbon Sequestration Create New Forests of High Biodiversity and Social Welfare in Vietnam.

Dirk Walterspacher, Forest Finance Group

Resources
Public-Private Investment Partnerships
David Brand, Managing Director, New Forests Pty Limited

David Brand describes New Forest’s investment strategies and various developing programs around REDD in Asia and Indonesia. He stresses the importance of pricing ecosystems and highlights different struggles in legislation and leadership in the United States. David goes on to describe the private sector’s role in financing REDD projects and finishes up by exploring different funding options in order to maintain momentum.

Note: David Brand did not have a powerpoint presentation.

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How Payments for Carbon Sequestration Create New Forests of High Biodiversity and Social Welfare in Vietnam
Dirk Walterspacher, Forest Finance Group

Dirk Walterspacher explores Forest Finance Group’s main goals, which include investment, carbon storage, and green energy. He explains that by offering different services, the reduction of carbon emission is possible. To illustrate this, he describes the reforestation project in Vietnam last year while putting a strong emphasis on the role that national and regional stakeholders played in the project.

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Forest Carbon & REDD Architecture

May 2, 2010
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Forest Carbon & REDD Architecture

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The Copenhagen Accord has drawn fire because it’s not a legally-binding climate agreement on targets and funding mechanisms, but progress has been made on many sticky issues beyond the accord.  The main negotiating body charged with drafting a text for dealing with mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) as well as for promoting forest conservation, enhancement of forest carbon stocks, and sustainable forest management (REDD-plus) released a four-page draft that reveals widespread agreement on many once-contentious issues. Moreover, Norway, Japan, the United States, Britain, France, and Australia together pledged $3.5 billion in short-term financing for getting REDD-plus off the ground.

This panel focuses on Post Copenhagen as a period of “interim financing” and the challenges of ensuring that investments flow efficiently to produce mechanisms for carbon emissions reductions, accountability, and equitable benefits distributions.

Speakers

UN REDD Program
Tim Boyle, Asia Regional Coordinator, UNREDD
Comparative Analysis: Policy and Implementation, Approaches across Southeast Asia Region
Kurt McLeod, Vice President, Asia and Eurasia, PACT
Experiences from Aceh Province, Indonesia
Mr. Yakob Ishdamy, Head of Aceh Green Secretariat, Aceh Province, Indonesia (tbc)
PNG Forest Authority Perspective
Goodwill Amos, Forest Authority, Papua New Guinea
Designing National REDD Programs from the Bottom-Up
Eveline Trines, Silvestrum

Resources
UN REDD Program
Tim Boyle, Asia Regional Coordinator, UNREDD

Tim Boyle gives a brief overview of the purpose and history of the UN REDD program in Asia specific regions and explains the importance of the various partnerships the UN REDD program has. He describes lessons learned from UN REDD programs and provides six different components of REDD readiness, which include stakeholder participation and capacity for national monitoring and reporting. Tim ends his presentation by explaining the importance of the experiences in Vietnam in relation to REDD. You can find out more about UN REDD on their website here .

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Voices from the Markets: Panel Discussion
This is 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.
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Comparative Analysis: Policy and Implementation, Approaches Across Southeast Asia Region
Kurt McLeod, Vice President, Asia and Eurasia, PACT

Kurt McLeod stresses the importance of peat landscapes in terms of REDD and Indonesia. By explaining the amount of carbon storage peat can potentially have, he describes how conserving and protecting peat land is an essential REDD project. Kurt goes on to make direct linkages between poverty, climate change, REDD and carbon while underscoring the importance of maintaining natural resources, and by extension, sustaining the livelihoods of millions.

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Experiences from Aceh Province, Indonesia
Mr. Yakob Ishdamy, Head of Aceh Green Secretariat, Aceh Province, Indonesia (tbc)

Mr. Yakob Ishdamy explains different resources and efforts in REDD implementation by breaking it down into three different areas: the government of Aceh, non-government institutions, and the private sector. He goes on to explain the REDD strategy at the national, provincial, and district levels and explains the importance of integrating REDD within Green Development.

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PNG Forest Authority Perspective
Goodwill Amos, Forest Authority, Papua New Guinea presents the work of his organization and its perspective on REDD

Goodwill Amos discusses Papua New Guinea’s plan to implement a climate compatible development strategy and explains their need to develop a measurement, reporting, and verification system and fund distribution mechanism. He goes on to explain Papua New Guinea’s REDD+ strategy and initiatives and gives a detailed breakdown of PNG’s forest resource base. After discussing four approaches taken by PNGFA to address REDD+, Goodwill concludes by presenting numerous ways to implement REDD+ in PNG.

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Designing National REDD Programs from the Bottom-Up
Eveline Trines, Silvestrum

Eveline Trines outlines the different drivers of deforestation and fores degradation, explaining that since different stakeholders are involved, they need to be dealt with differently and use different measures. She goes on to present different causes of community driven degradation and explains the importance of using the household as a starting point for the PES system. Eveline presents different conditions for a successful PES system, which includes the willingness and ability to empower communities and giving them entitlements to govern forest areas.

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State of Emerging Environmental Markets

May 2, 2010
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State of Emerging Environmental Markets

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Well-functioning ecosystems provide reliable and clean flows of water, productive soil, relatively predictable weather, and many other services essential for human well-being. Today, however, many ecosystems and the services they provide are under increasing pressure. Indeed, the most comprehensive study to date, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which engaged over 1,300 scientists, concluded that more than 60% of the world’s ecosystems are being used in ways that cannot be sustained.

Environmental Markets are growing and changing rapidly at a global level. This panel examines the current state of the environmental marketplace on an international scale, discussing long term trends and recent changes in the market.

Speakers

Overview of Markets for Environmental Services
Kate Hamilton, Director, Ecosystem Marketplace, Forest Trends
Payments for Ecosystem Services as Financial Vehicles for Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Poverty Reduction and Rural Development
James Peters, Chief Technical Advisor, Asian Development Bank EOC
Role of Multilaterals in Forest and Ecosystem Investments
Richard Caines, Principal Specialist, East Asia and Pacific Environment and Social Development Department, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Resources
Overview, Kate Hamilton from Forest Trends
Kate Hamilton gives a brief overview and history of Ecosystem Marketplace and explores the basics of various environmental services. She goes on to explain the concept of PES while providing a short introduction to the Regulated Carbon Markets and Forest Carbon Markets. In addition, Kate touches on the State of Watershed Payments Report and presents some of its key findings as well as the challenges.

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Payments for Ecosystem Services as Financial Vehicles for Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Poverty Reduction and Rural Development
James Peter, Chief Technical Advisor, Asian Development Bank EOC

James Peter stresses the importance of PES in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and explores the benefits and challenges faced in implementing PES. He goes on to explain the ideas behind the Core Environment Program and its various phases, while providing insight on what will make the CEP successful and beneficial to the GMS countries. He closes by providing an example of how the program’s methodology was tested by Vietnam’s government and is considered to be a success by the Mekong people.

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Roles of Multilaterals in Forest and Ecosystem Investments
Richard Caines, Principal Specialist, East Asia and Pacific Environment and Social Development Department, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Richard Caines describes the role the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has in REDD and forestry by providing IFC’s three core areas of activity. He explains IFC’s current annual investment in forestry in relation to other annual investments while explaining the struggles and challenges IFC has faced in investing in forestry. Richard provides four core areas IFC plans to focus on, including increasing forest access to the carbon market and promoting global standards, and concludes by stressing the importance of private sector participation in ecosystem services.

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Keynote Introduction: Climate & Landuse Looking Forward

May 2, 2010
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Keynote Introduction: Climate & Landuse Looking Forward

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Land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) is defined by the UN Climate change secretariat as “A greenhouse gas inventory sector that covers emissions and removals of greenhouse gases resulting from direct human-induced land use, land-use change and forestry activities.”  Climate and land use are inextricably linked in an ongoing symbiotic relationship.  Understanding how climate change affects our ability to use the land and how our use of land in turn affects climate is essential to our comprehension of ecosystem services as well as our options for the future.

Keynote Speakers

Nguyen Khac Hieu, Vice Director General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Government of Vietnam

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Keynote Introduction: Nguyen Khac Hieu on Climate and Landuse looking forward from Katoomba Group on Vimeo.

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Welcome & Conference Opening

May 2, 2010
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Speakers

Nguyen Thien Nhan, Deputy Prime Minister, Vietnam
Cao Duc Phat, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
Pham Khoi Nguyen, Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) (tbc)
Ståle Torstein Risa, Ambassador to Vietnam and Laos, Embassy of Norway
Virginia Palmer, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam
Michael Jenkins, President, Forest Trends


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