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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

Highlights for Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Future Policy Awards 2011: Celebrating the World's Best Forest Policies by the World Future Council

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On Wednesday, 5 October, the Conference on Contributions of Forests to a Green Economy convened for a second day in Bonn, Germany. After a brief plenary in the morning outlining the procedures and vision for the day's work, participants resumed their work in four working groups: "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." These working groups were charged with developing conclusions and recommendations to include in the chair's report of the Conference. The first three working groups were further divided by their facilitators into subgroups to discuss specific issue clusters in greater detail.

During lunch three side events were held concurrently: one by the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) on the contribution of the Congo Basin forests to a green economy; another by China's State Forestry Administration on the contribution of forests to China's economic development and the transition of the forestry sector toward green growth; and a third by the World Bank and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degredation (UN-REDD) on trees, forests, rural landscapes and green economy, and REDD+ as a catalyst of a green economy.

Work resumed after lunch in working groups and subgroups. In mid-afternoon the subgroups reported their results to their respective working groups, which in turn began formulating with their rapporteurs the draft conclusions and recommendations. At 5 PM plenary reconvened to hear progress reports from the four rapporteurs.

In the evening, participants attended an event hosted by the World Future Council, a charitable foundation based in Hamburg, Germany, that seeks to form a voice for the rights of future generations. The event introduced the recipients recently awarded the Future Policy Award for 2011, which celebrated the "World's Best Forest Policies."

Morning Plenary

Heiko Warnken, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany; Co-chair Everton Vieira Vargas, Brazillian Ambassador; Matthias Schwoerer, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany

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

Marilyn Headley, Forestry Department, Jamaica; Modesto Fernandez Diaz-Silveira, Department of Environment, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba
Ravi Prabhu, UNEP/UN-REDD

Subgroup on "Forest Valuation, Communication"
Subgroup on "Political Economy, Governance and Enabling Environment"

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

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Conservation International, Costa Rica
Raphael Yeboah, Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD), Ghana
Clara Cerqueira, Embassy of Brazil
Jose Luis Sutera, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Argentina

Christoph Dürr, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
Lambert Okrah, Non-Governmental Organisations Canadian Environmental Network, Canada

Charles Barber, Department of State, US, speaking during the subgroup on "Legal Framework and Enabling Conditions"

Subgroups of Working Group C: Challenges and Opportunities - Benefiting People

Marcel van Nijnatten, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Ghan Shyam Pandey, representative for Farmers & Small Forest Landowners, Nepal
Hubertus Samangun, representative for Indigenous Peoples, Indonesia

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

Musah Abu-Juam, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources , Ghana; Sim Heok-Choh, representative for the Scientific & Technological Community, Malaysia
Jean-Luc Guitton, France

Side Events

Tuukka Castren, World Bank, speaking on "Trees, forests, rural landscapes and greener economy"
Ravi Prabhu, UNEP/UN-REDD, speaking on "REDD+ as a Catalyst of a Green Economy"

Martin Tadoum, COMIFAC, gives an "Overview of the contribution of the Congo Basin forests to a Green Economy"
Xie Chen, China National Forestry Economics and Development Research Center (FEDRC) & State Forestry Administration (SFA), speaking on "Contribution of forests to China's economic development and transition of forestry sector toward Green Growth"

Plenary Meeting: Feedback from Working Groups

Heikki Granholm, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Forestry, Finland; Linda Mossop-Rousseau, Women Organising for Change in Agriculture Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), South Africa
Jose Luis Sutera, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Argentina; Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)

Alexander Buck, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
Lambert Okrah, Non-Governmental Organisations Canadian Environmental Network, Canada
Eva Müller, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Bashir Ahmed Wani, Sustainable Land Management Project, Pakistan

Around the Conference

Participants about to enjoy a wonderful lunch
Participants at the Internet Café
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*Highlights on Friday, 7 October, 2011
*Highlights on Thursday, 6 October, 2011
*Highlights on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011
*Highlights on Tuesday, 4 October, 2011

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
*IISD RS forests, desertification and land web page
*IISD RS introduction to forests processes
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy

*SDG - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
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*African Regional Coverage
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