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REDD side events at Poznan

REDD side events at Poznan

REDD is going to be one of the key discussion points at the UN Climate Change Conference at Poznan. REDD-Monitor will be following the events here and reporting on anything interesting that happens. In particular I’ll be attending some of the side events on REDD and noting what actors involved in REDD discussions are saying. Here’s a list of the side events related to REDD at Poznan:

How REDD policy options interact with forest measuring and monitoring
Woods Hole Research Center
Tuesday, 2 December 2008, 13:00-15:00
White-tailed eagle meeting room

What is the interaction between REDD policy choices such as mechanism design, inclusion of degradation, maintenance or growth in carbon stocks, and requirements for forest monitoring? WHRC and SPVS experts discuss implications of policy choices on monitoring capabilities, cost, and tradeoffs.

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Critical analysis of REDD: international finance, human rights and false promises of carbon markets
Friends of the Earth International
Tuesday, 2 December 2008, 13:00-15:00
Swan meeting room

The continuation of destructive logging and neglect of customary rights demands a critical analysis of the impact of proposed REDD policies and trading mechanisms, contemporary experiences of ‘forest conservation’ and World Bank influenced REDD-iness funds on Indigenous rights and forest protection.

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The future of climate forestation projects: new standards and labels
CarbonFix e.V.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008, 19:30-21:00
White-tailed eagle meeting room

After a comparison of current forestry carbon standards, the Green Initiative will discuss maximizing socio-economic and ecological co-benefits of forest projects. An innovative CO2-code will be presented which enables any CO2-balanced product to be traced to its origin of carbon neutralization.

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Local mitigation and adaptation measure of indigenous peoples
Tebtebba Foundation
Wednesday, 3 December 2008, 18:00-19:30
White-tailed eagle meeting room

The side event will discuss the impacts of mitigation and adaptation measures and will also focus on how indigenous peoples are adapting to climate change using their indigenous knowledge systems.

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Monitoring REDD using the GOFC-GOLD Sourcebook: practical examples for data collection
Papua New Guinea
Wednesday, 3 December 2008, 18:00-19:30
Aesculapian snake meeting room

An updated version of the GOFC-GOLD REDD sourcebook offers technical guidance for collecting key data for national REDD implementation activities and capacity development

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UN system response to support REDD
United Nations (UN)
Thursday, 4 December 2008, 13:00-15:00
Aesculapian snake meeting room

The event presents REDD activities by UN system in support of developing countries, the international dialogue and as a contribution to broader mitigation and sustainable development. Initiatives of UN partners such as UN-REDD Programme and FCPF and experiences of developing countries are presented.

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REDD strategies for high-carbon rural development
International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Friday, 5 December 2008, 09:00-10:30
Aesculapian snake meeting room

Will REDD necessitate conservation X development tradeoffs? Maybe not. Research in the tropical forest margins shows that tree-based systems can generate good financial returns and sustain high carbon stocks. This panel considers the design of REDD strategies for high-carbon rural development.

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Scaling up REDD: from projects to national approaches
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Friday, 5 December 2008, 11:00-12:30
Grebe meeting room

Forest carbon activities developed over the past 15 years provide a range of insights useful to the development of larger national REDD programs. This event will explore lessons on topics including: carbon accounting, strategy development, payment mechanisms, and project governance.

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Sustainable forestry for climate change, employment and the community
Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU)
Friday, 5 December 2008, 11:00-12:30
White-tailed eagle meeting room

The role and benefits of sustainable forestry for climate change, employment and the community. Economically and environmentally sustainable forestry industry activities have a positive impact on greenhouse gas reduction, while providing good employment and flow of benefits for the community.

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Strategic framework for forests and climate change
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Friday, 5 December 2008, 13:00-15:00
White-tailed eagle meeting room

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) will present a proposal for a coordinated forest sector response to the climate change agenda.

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REDD demonstration projects: principles, standards, methodologies
Fauna and Flora International (FFI)
Friday, 5 December 2008, 15:30-17:30
Aesculapian snake meeting room

FFI, CCBA, WCS & AD Partners highlight lessons learned from implementing and financing forest carbon projects in the voluntary market to help inform UNFCCC policy development, focusing on national/project accounting, recognising co-benefits, meeting robust standards, & new REDD methodologies.

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A REDD readiness framework for Ghana
Ghana
Friday, 5 December 2008, 18:00-19:30
Fox meeting room

Presentation of Ghana’s on-going experience in establishing a process and identifying elements for its national REDD Plan, including how to build on lessons learned from forest governance reform process such as the recently signed Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU.

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Dialogue on capacity building and REDD readiness
Meridian Institute
Saturday, 6 December 2008, 18:00-19:30
Grebe meeting room

The Forum on Readiness for REDD and LEAD provide a facilitated dialogue on capacity building drivers, needs and regional and global priorities as they relate to REDD, as well as an update on the Forum’s cross-stakeholder support and collaborative tools to build REDD Readiness.

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Amazon forest people and REDD
Amazon Institute for Environmental Research (IPAM)
Saturday, 6 December 2008, 18:00-19:30
Fox meeting room

Recognition of rights to land, territory and natural resources and the traditional way of life is key to the success of REDD design and implementation. REDD initiatives and case studies will be discussed by Amazon forest people.

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The role of REDD in post-2012 carbon markets: risks, rewards, and price effects
New Zealand
Saturday, 6 December 2008, 19:30-21:00
White-tailed eagle meeting room

Integrating REDD into a post-Kyoto intergovernmental carbon market could significantly decrease global carbon prices. Restricting supply or demand can reduce price impacts, but at the cost of economic efficiency. Expanding Annex 1 commitments to limit the price impact is investigated.

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Options to address peatland and other landuse emissions
Wetlands International
Monday, 8 December 2008, 15:30-17:30
Swan meeting room

Policy options for reducing emissions from peatlands, forestry and other land use sources: Global Environment Centre, Climate Action Network Canada and Wetlands International.

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REDD, rights & wrongs: exposing false solutions & exploring what is needed to make REDD work
Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)
Monday, 8 December 2008, 15:30-17:30
White-tailed eagle meeting room

Sponsored by the Rainforest Foundation UK, the Wilderness Society, & FERN. CSO and indigenous views on deforestation and degradation: factors necessary to achieve positive outcomes in forest-climate initiatives. Definitions, forest governance and implications of the carbon market for human rights.

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Navigating the post Kyoto landscape: Madagascar’s movement towards a national strategy for REDD
Monday, 8 December 2008, 18:00-19:30
White-tailed eagle meeting room

Having reduced deforestation over the last 15 years and recently adopted REDD strategy at a subnational level, the country is developing methods for estimating reference emission levels and engaging stakeholders to improve forestry governance and ensure transparency in distribution of co-benefits.

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Avoiding deforestation while benefiting local people: The Socio Bosque Program in Ecuador
Ecuador
Monday, 8 December 2008, 18:00-19:30
Grebe meeting room

The Government of Ecuador (GoE) is implementing the Socio Bosque program where it recognizes, through direct payments, the role local communities and landowners have in avoiding deforestation. The Government of Ecuador will present the details of the program as a national REDD initiative.

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The REDD dual markets approach
Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
Monday, 8 December 2008, 19:30-21:00
White-tailed eagle meeting room

The latest findings from CCAP-led research, analysis and dialogue with developing countries on REDD.

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Making Forests Competitive – Practical Solutions for Permanence
UNEP Finance Initiative,the Carbon Markets and Investors Association (CMIA) and Norton Rose
Tuesday, 9 December 2008, 16:05-18:00, Sheraton Hotel

As concepts around ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)’ have become a hot topic on the Bali Roadmap, there is still a need – be it in the context of REDD or reforestation/afforestation under the CDM – to explore adequate tools to assure permanence in the context of a future international agreement, taking into consideration legal, financial and practical aspects.

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The Amazon Fund: a new framework for cooperation in REDD
Brazil
Thursday, 11 December 2008, 13:00-15:00
Swan meeting room

The Brazilian idea of creating a fund with a view to provide positive incentives to REDD required a huge effort that has been undertaken, internally, in order to materialize the Amazon Fund. Furthermore, the Amazon Fund matches the provisions of the decision on REDD that was agreed on in Bali.

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Valuing opportunity costs for mitigation in high forest cover, low deforestation rate countries case
Guyana
Thursday, 11 December 2008, 18:00-19:30
Fox meeting room

Guyana has developed a sustainable growth strategy based on a low carbon development path. Forest opportunity cost valuation as part of the study provides evidence that deploying forest resources towards global climate change mitigation needs guaranteed financial inflows to be sustainable.

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CARBOVEG – GB: quantification of carbon stocks and sinks in the forests of Guinea – Bissau
Portugal
Thursday, 11 December 2008, 19:30-21:00
Grebe meeting room

Illustration of the project results as well as its contribution to characterize a baseline for the forest sector in GB. The objective is to facilitate access of GB to the international carbon markets in the context of the Kyoto Protocol and attract investments for new projects under the CDM

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Transforming the global wood trade to support REDD and fight illegal logging
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
Thursday, 11 December 2008, 19:30-21:00
Grouse (ENGO) meeting room

Illegal logging and associated trade show what happens without forest governance and international policy coherence – and offer lessons for REDD. Panel will examine role of consumer-country policies, including the US’s 2008 passage of the Lacey Act banning trade in illegally-sourced wood products.

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