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  • 10 December 2020, 17:00 – 19:30 CET
    • Virtual Meeting: Zoom. Register here. 
    • Simultaneous translation available: English, Spanish and French

There is increasing recognition of the role of nature-based solutions (NbS) in addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and social injustice and inequity. However, NbS require collaboration among many actors, and increasingly we need to work in alliances to create incentives that make these solutions attractive.

The purpose of this high-level session will be to discuss how different actors can work together to develop forest stewardship and robust verification mechanisms, complementing other efforts carried out under public and private initiatives to meet global targets. The event will have a focus on four main themes: 

  • Climate Change – Julianne Baroody from Verra, which manages a standard for certifying carbon emissions reductions (the Verified Carbon Standard), will discuss the climate change mitigation benefits – and potential financial benefits to forest managers – of responsible forest management practices such as those certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  
  • Biodiversity – Nelson Kroll from Maderacre, a forestry company in the Peruvian Amazon, will talk about their engagement to demonstrate positive impact on biodiversity through certification of ecosystem services.  
  • Forests for People and Nature – Juan Anzieta from Arauco, a global forestry company headquartered in Chile, will talk about their efforts to create forest value for people through certification of ecosystem services and engagement with surrounding populations.  
  • Human rights (Indigenous Peoples’ rights) – Luis-Felipe Duchicela, Senior Advisor for Indigenous Peoples' Issues at USAID, The United States Agency for International Development, will present their new Indigenous Peoples’ Policy and how many of its ideas are reflected in a new Global Development Alliance with FSC to enable Indigenous Peoples to secure their rights and improve their livelihoods.

The topics covered in the four presentations will be brought together in a panel discussion facilitated by Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, an environmentalist and advocate for indigenous people.

Register for this event here.