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Conference on Contributions of Forests to a Green Economy

4-7 October 2011 | Bonn, Germany
Conference on Contributions of Forests to a Green Economy

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The Conference on the Contributions of Forests to a Green Economy opened today at the Municipal Hall Bad Godesberg in Bonn, Germany. In attendance were representatives of governments, the private sectors, civil society and intergovernmental organizations.

Opening the conference, State Secretary Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany, said the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) should create a viable roadmap to a green economy that includes changes in land use and combatting deforestation. Conference Co-Chair Everton Vieira Vargas, Ambassador of Brazil to Germany, said processes and actions since the 1992 Earth Summit clarified the complexity of protecting forests. Jan McAlpine, Director, UN Forum for Forests (UNFF), described the activities of the International Year of Forests and said there has been enormous change in approach and vision to forests at the policy and operational level since the 1992 Summit. Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Conservation International, Costa Rica, delivered a keynote address that described Costa Rica's experiences with innovative policies and economic instruments affecting forests while providing ecosystem services.

After the opening ceremony, two thematic panels were held: one on "Current contributions of forests to economic development and the role of the forest sector in the transition towards a Green Economy," and the second on "Potentials of forests: meeting multiple demands." The keynote for the first was delivered by Sten Nilsson, Keynote Speaker, Forest Sector Insights AB, Sweden, former Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the keynote for the second by Sunita Narain, Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India.

In the afternoon participants divided into four thematic working groups for detailed discussions: "Forest valuation and financing"; "Institutions, governance and stakeholders"; "Benefiting people"; and "Technology transfer, capacity building, bio-based products and the role of the private sector."

In the evening a reception was hosted by the German Government at Godesburg Castle, with an address by Parliamentary State Secretary Peter Bleser, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

Opening Plenary Meeting

L-R: Jan McAlpine, UNFF; Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, BMZ; Co-chair Manfred Konukiewitz, BMZ; Co-chair Everton Vieira Vargas, Brazillian Ambassador
Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Keynote Speaker, Conservation International, Costa Rica

Opening Plenary Statements

Sten Nilsson, Keynote Speaker, Forest Sector Insights AB, Sweden
Chris Buss, IUCN
Felix Dodds, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future
Olof Freiherr von Gagern, Danzer AG Switzerland

Afternoon Plenary Statements

Stefan Sundman, UPM-Kymmene Corporation
Paola Deda, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) / Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Sunita Narain, CSE, India
Tuuka Castren, World Bank

Working Group A: Challenges and Opportunities - Forest Valuation and Financing

Bernd-Markus Liss, Facilitator, German Development Coorporation (GIZ)
Rob Busink, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, The Netherlands

Frank Rutabingwa, National Forest Authority, Rwanda
Lydie Norohanta Raharimaniraka, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Madagascar
Marilyn Headley, Forestry Department, Jamaica

Working Group B: Challenges and Opportunities - Institutions, Governance and Stakeholders

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Conservation International, Costa Rica
Evy von Pfeil, Facilitator, GIZ

Working Group C: Challenges and Opportunities - Benefiting People

Cornelia Sepp, Facilitator, ECO Consult, Germany
Joseph Osiakwan, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana

Heleana Zambonino, Investment Plan Monitor, Ministry of Environment - Socio Bosque, Ecuador
Nchemo Maile, Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Lesotho
Bashir Ahmed Wani, Sustainable Land Management Project, Pakistan

Working Group D: Challenges and Opportunities - Technology Transfer, Capacity Building, Bio-Based Products and Role of the Private Sector

Björn Seintsch, Johann Heinrich von Th√ľnen-Institut (vTI), Germany
Anja Wucke, Facilitator, GIZ
Bernard de Galembert, representative of the Business and Industry Major Group, Belgium
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Conference resources
*Conference website
*Conference programme

General resources
*International Year of Forests
*UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)
*UN Forum on Forests
*UN Food and Agriculture Organization Forestry Department

IISD RS resources
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*IISD RS introduction to forests processes
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy

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