Friday 13th February 2015 | 3-5 pm Rome (UTC +1)

Session: Reduced deforestation and degradation

Focus: Reducing deforestation and degradation, and conservation

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Confirmed speakers


Speaker: Dr. Arild Angelsen
Presentation: Economics of deforestation
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Dr. Arild Angelsen is a Professor of Economics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and currently (2014-15) also a visiting professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. He has a PhD in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Recent work has been on how avoided deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) can be included in a global climate regime, and the national strategies and policies needed to reduce GHG emissions. He has authored and edited several key REDD+ publications and is the global coordinator of the Poverty Environment Network (PEN), a CIFOR-led research programme collecting detailed information from 8 000 households in 24 developing countries on forest uses and management.


Speaker: Mr. Rodney Taylor
Presentation: Cost-benefits and financial mechanisms in the context of deforestation-free supply chains and investment
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Mr. Rodney Taylor is the Director of the Forests Programme for World Wildlife Fund International. He has a Masters in Environmental Law from Australian National University. His main research/work interests are in landscape approaches and inclusive development, sustainable forest management and reducing deforestation. Mr. Taylor worked as a forest policy adviser in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands prior to joining WWF 16 years ago.


Speaker: Mr. Ivo Mulder
Presentation: Policies and measures for REDD+ results-based actions
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Mr. Ivo Mulder is the REDD+ Green Economy Advisor for UNEP at its headquarters in Kenya as part of the UN-REDD Programme. Prior to this he was a Programme Officer at UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) where he managed the work on ecosystems, water and biodiversity and founded the Natural Capital Declaration, which aims to mainstream natural capital integration in the financial sector. He also directed an innovative project on sovereign credit risk (called E-RISC), and initiated the UNEP FI REDD+ and Sustainable Land Use programme. Ivo holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He has published more than forty articles and reports on how environmental issues can be financially material for banks, investors and other private sectors.


Speaker: Dr Rohit Jindal
Presentation: N’hambita Community Carbon Project, Mozambique
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Dr Rohit Jindal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at MacEwan University School of Business. Dr. Jindal has a PhD from Michigan State University and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh. He is a recipient of the Banting Fellowships, the highest level research award for postdoctoral work in Canada. His recent research looks at economic and behavioural aspects of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), focusing on contract design, and local socio-economic benefits of incentive payments. Dr. Jindal uses a mix of field experiments and survey approach in his work and has published in leading international journals such as World Development, and Ecological Economics.


Speaker: Dr. Ralph Blaney
Presentation: Cambodia REDD+ costs & benefits
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Dr. Ralph Blaney has a background in land use and environmental economics, with BSc, MSc, and PhD in agricultural economics (the latter involving non-market valuation). He has over ten years experience working for conservation agencies as an economist, with a focus on valuing natural capital. His current role is to provide economic support primarily to the UN-REDD Programme, but also more widely across the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre’s work. As such, his main focus is supporting implementing countries with assessments of costs and benefits associated with REDD+ (with Cambodia being the location of most country support over the last year).


Speaker: Dr. Eduardo Marinho
Presentation: Dissecting REDD+ costs in Brazil and Indonesia: the cases of the Sustainable Settlements in the Amazon and Katingan Peat Conservation Area
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Dr. Eduardo Marinho is a post-doctorate researcher at the Center for International Forestry Research; specializing in the benefit sharing schemes of national and sub-national REDD+ initiatives. Eduardo has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Namur; and a Master’s degree and a PhD in Agronomy from the University of Louvain. After working for the World Food Programme and the Joint Research Centre on the monitoring of food security in Sub-Saharian Africa, he is now developing methods for quantifying the plethora of costs that emerge from the implementation of REDD+ in Brazil and Indonesia.

Speed-talks from Colombia, Peru, Morocco-Tunisia-Lebanon, Brazil


Mr. Carlos Cubas is a Forest Engineer specializing in sustainable forest management, monitoring and conservation. He has a Bachelor degree in Forest Sciences, followed by a Master’s degree in Forest Resources Conservation in the Agrarian National University in Peru. Carlos mainly focuses on communitarian forest management, forest conservation monitoring and REDD+ aspects.
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Mr. Maden Le Crom is a tropical forest engineer and a REDD+ expert. He studied Forest Engineering, Environmental Management of Ecosystems and Tropical Forests at the AgroParis Tech – Institut des sciences et industries du vivant et de l’environment. He is now expert and partner in SalvaTerra, a consultancy firm specialising in the environment, agriculture, forestry and rural development. His activities cover the development of REDD+ Strategies and National Climate Plans, the design of forestry projects aiming at combating climate change (REDD+, CDM, VCS etc.) and the monitoring, reporting and verification systems (MRV) of forest carbon stocks. More generally, he carries out environmental and socio-economic assessments, the design of rural development projects, as well as diverse assignments in the areas of forest management, wood energy and agriculture.
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Dr. Ana Milena Plata Fajardo is a Climate Reality Leader in Brazil. She has a Master’s in Development and Environment from the Federal University of Ceará, and a Ph.D. in Forestry Economics from the Federal University of Paraná. Currently, her main professional target is to continue on the road of reducing emission of greenhouse gases.
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