Series of DC Events Focus on Benefiting People from Reduced Forest Emissions

Written by Lisa Hayden on . Posted in Learn, The Wonk Room

The Nature Conservancy is hosting two events next week that bring together experts to explore solutions to the dual challenges of reducing deforestation and enhancing rural development.

On Monday, Nov. 5, the Conservancy is collaborating with Rights and Resources Institute on the 12th Dialogue on Forests, Governance & Climate Change to be held at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C. 20001. This all-day event (from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m.) will focus on scaling-up strategies that meet goals of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and development.

For more information, click to view the invitation or to register. If you are not in Washington D.C. on the 5th, you can still join via live webcast. Email Madiha Qureshi for log-in information.

Proven approaches to stopping deforestation will be discussed, such as corporate and government supply chains that promote the trade of legal and sustainable products, and promoting forest tenure and recognizing the rights of indigenous people in forest areas.

The event will feature four expert panels. Greg Fishbein, managing director of the Conservancy’s Forest and Climate Program will participate in the panel on “Expanding Adoption of Sustainable Supply Chains in the Forestry and Agribusiness Sectors,” while Gina Cosentino, the Conservancy’s Director of Indigenous and Communal Conservation will join the panel, “Scaling Up Strategies to Reduce Emissions and Advance Development in Forest Areas.”   

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a global coalition of organizations working to encourage forest land tenure and policy reforms and the transformation of the forest economy so that business reflects local development agendas and supports local livelihoods. RRI works at the country, regional and global levels, collaborating on research and advocacy.

At the end of the week, the Conservancy will also host a luncheon in Washington D.C. on Friday, Nov. 9 at 12:45 p.m. to share the major findings of a new report, “Sharing the Benefits of REDD+: Lessons from the Field,” and hear from other experts who work on REDD+ and rural development. To register for the Nov. 9 event, email Lisa Schindler, the Conservancy’s Climate Coordinator.

Lisa Hayden is a blogger for The Nature Conservancy

Featured photo: ©Ron Geatz (Felled logs in Lore Lindu National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia.)

Inset photo: © Jez O’Hare (Nutmeg harvesting in Maluku, Indonesia.)

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