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Twelfth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

5 November 2012 | Washington, DC, United States of America

RRI
The twelfth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change convened at the Newseum in Washington, DC, US, on 5 November 2012, to consider the theme "Scaling-Up Strategies to Reduce Emissions and Advance Development in Forest Areas." This event was organized by RRI in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy.

Expert panel sessions framed the discussion on the following four agenda items: expanding adoption of sustainable supply chains in the forestry and agribusiness sectors; lessons learned from the extractive and infrastructure sectors in promoting forest conservation, tenure and governance reforms, and community benefits; innovative approaches to leverage finance and investment for tenure and governance reforms in forest areas; and summary analysis and next steps. The event was organized to accelerate learning and sharing among different sectors. Participants discussed the drivers of and incentives that might change supply chains and the extractive industry, proposals related to tenure risk analysis and tenure reform, the use of social and environmental standards, the importance of the free-flow of information and identification of investors’ risks, specific case studies, and the importance to address the needs of women and rights of indigenous peoples, among other issues.
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A view from the venue of the United States Capitol.
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Andy White, RRI, opened the Dialogue and encouraged participants to use #FGCC12 in any tweets from the day-long event.
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Arvind Khare, Executive Director, RRI
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Slide from Arvind Khare’s presentation.

Session 1: Expanding Adoption of Sustainable Supply Chains in the Forestry and Agribusiness Sectors
Participants during session 1.
Thomas Langan, Unilever
Daniel Zarin, Climate & Land Use Alliance (CLUA)
Scott Poynton, Tropical Forest Trust
Steven Gretzinger, International Finance Corporation
Alfred Lahai Brownell, Executive Director, Green Advocates, Liberia
Greg Fishbein, The Nature Conservancy
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Andres Liebenthal, US
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Francis Colee, Green Advocates
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Ping Li, Landesa
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Roberto Espinoza, Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP)

Session 2: Lessons Learned from the Extractive and Infrastructure Sectors in Promoting Forest Conservation, Tenure and Governance Reforms, and Community Benefits
The dais during session 2.
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John Hudson, Former Senior Forestry Advisor, UK Department for International Development
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Chris Anderson, Rio Tinto Limited
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Richard Smith, Executive Director, Instituto del Bien Común, Peru
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Slide from Richard Smith’s presentation.
Samuel Nguiffo, Center for Environment and Development, Cameroon
Emily Greenspan, Oxfam America
Patty Miller, International Finance Corporation
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Michael Jarvis, World Bank
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Margarita Flórez, Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad (AAS)
Participants during the session.

Session 3: Innovative Approaches to Leverage Finance and Investment for Tenure and Governance Reforms in Forest Areas
Benoît Bosquet (right), World Bank, chaired session 3.
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Nils Hermann Ranum, Rainforest Foundation, Norway
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Lou Munden, The Munden Project, made a presentation on “The Financial and Climate Risks of Insecure Tenure: An Investor Perspective.”
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Arjun Bhalla, Operations Officer, International Finance Corporation
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Jeffrey Hatcher, RRI
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Roberto Espinoza, AIDESEP
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Don Roberts, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) World Markets Inc.
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John Nelson, Forest Peoples Programme
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Christian Mersmann, representing the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
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Cécile Ndjebet, Cameroon Ecology
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Pat Hardcastle, Land and Timber Services (LTS) International

Session 4: Summary Analysis of Day’s Discussions and Next Steps – Scaling-Up Strategies to Reduce Emissions and Advance Development in Forest Areas
The dais during session 4.
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Gina Cosentino, The Nature Conservancy
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Andreas Dahl‐Jorgensen, International Climate and Forest Initiative, Norway
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Myrna Safitri, Executive Director, Epistema Institute, Indonesia
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Hugh Speechly, UK Department for International Development
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Scott DuPree, Samdhana Institute
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Saskia Ozinga, Fern
Arvind Khare, Executive Director, addressing participants at the end of session 4.

Around the venue
Participants enjoying lunch.
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Greg Fishbein (left), The Nature Conservancy, conferring with Andy White (center), RRI, and participants.
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L-R: Don Roberts, CIBC World Markets Inc., and Arvind Khare, Executive Director, RRI
Participants during the reception at the end of the meeting.
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Participants enjoyed food before the opening of the Dialogue.
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Participants registering for the Dialogue.
L-R: Nathalie Risse, IISD, Reem Hajjar, RRI, Diego Noguera, IISD, Lynn Wagner, IISD, and Deborah Davenport, LTS International
Related Links
RRI resources
*Dialogue website
*Dialogue concept note and agenda
*Previous RRI Dialogues on Forests, Governance and Climate Change
*Making REAL(U) Right: Harmonizing Agriculture, Forests and Rights in the Design of REDD+
*What Rights? Measuring the Depth of Indigenous Peoples and Community Forest Tenure
*An economic case for tenure reform in Indonesia’s forests

General resources
*World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) website
*UN Framework Convention on Climate Change REDD Platform
*UN Climate Change Conference - Durban, 28 November - 9 December 2011, Durban, South Africa

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 12 October 2011, London, United Kingdom
*IISD RS coverage of the Tenth RRI Dialogue on Forest Governance and Climate Change, 7-8 September 2011, The Hague, Netherlands
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth RRI Dialogue on Forest Governance and Climate Change, 8 February 2011, London, England
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF9), 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of It’s Down 2 Earth - Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, 31 October - 5 November 2010, The Hague, Netherlands
*IISD RS coverage of the Cancún Climate Change Conference, 29 November - 11 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-sixth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-46) and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 13-18 December 2010, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Cancún Climate Change Conference, 29 November - 10 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forest Governance and Climate Change, 22 June 2010, Washington, D.C., United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 6 April 2010, London, England
*IISD RS coverage of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, 7-19 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, 7-19 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark
*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder
*IISD RS archive of meetings on climate change, and backgrounder
*Climate-L - A mailing list for news on climate change policy
*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy & 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
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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