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

12 October 2011 | London, United Kingdom

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The Eleventh Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change opened on the morning of 12 October 2011 in London, the United Kingdom (UK). Andy White, RRI, opened the meeting, describing the Dialogue as an opportunity for constructive and candid conversations.

Morning panels addressed financing for forests and climate in the context of global crises, and how financing is reaching the ground, with perspectives from communities and indigenous peoples. On financing for forests and climate in the context of crises, panelists suggested the need to strengthen the evidence base for financing for forests, the need to recognize carbon as one component in an array of environmental services, and the importance of secure tenure. On financing reaching the ground, panelists focused on the tension between the rights and needs of communities of forest peoples, and that of their governments.

During the afternoon participants heard a presentation on behalf of Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK, who said Rio+20 provided an opportunity to drive forward work on forests, combining efforts on REDD+ with private sector supply chain initiatives. The afternoon panel discussion focused on looking forward to Durban and beyond, discussing new approaches and next steps for reducing emissions and promoting livelihoods.

In the late afternoon, some participants attended the Forests, Governance and Climate Change Seminar chaired by UK MP Martin Horwood, at the UK House of Commons. Participants discussed the outcomes of the Dialogue, and heard a presentation by Stephen O’Brien, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, UK.

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View from the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster Suite.
Welcoming Remarks
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Francesco Martone, Forests Peoples Programme (FPP), emphasized the need to respect the land, resources and rights of indigenous peoples.
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Andy White, RRI, called for “candid and constructive conversations” to identify solutions.

Session One: Financing for Forests and Climate in the Context of Global Crises
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L-R: Julio Martinez, Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas, Paraguay; Lou Munden, The Munden Project; Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends; Matthew Wyatt, UK Department for International Development (DFID); and Benoit Bosquet, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, World Bank
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Session One Chair, Frances Seymour, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), invited panelists to reassess the state of play of forest climate finance.
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Jeffrey Hatcher, RRI, presented an overview on financing for forests and climate, and asked whether it was time for “mid-course corrections.”
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Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends, noted that neither voluntary nor regulated markets would save the world’s forests, but that they were important pieces in the “puzzle.”
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Lou Munden, The Munden Project, underscored the need for investor incentives to be aligned environmental objectives.
Roz Reeve, Atieneo School of Government, the Philippines
J. Edward Milner, Acacia Environment
Ian Redmond, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Great Apes Survival Programme (GRASP)
Duncan Macqueen, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Participants presented a number of questions to Session One panelists on financing challenges.

Session 2: How Financing is Reaching the Ground – Perspectives from Communities, Indigenous Peoples and Projects
Justin Kenrick, FPP, pointed to the need to secure forests through better recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ rights.
Chairing Session Two, Jan McAlpine, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), said the link with climate change has helped bring people back into the story of the forests.
Roberto Espinoza, Inter-Ethinic Association of the Peruvian Amazon, presented via a skype video link.
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Session Two panel. L-R: Tunde Morakinyo, Cross River State Forestry Commission, Nigeria; Daniel Zarin, Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA); and Andy Inglis, Plan Vivo.

Address by Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK
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Peter Clutton-Brock spoke on behalf of Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK, who said Rio+20 provided an opportunity to drive forward work on forests, combining efforts on REDD+ with private sector supply chain initiatives.

Session Three: Looking to Durban and Beyond: New Approaches and Next Steps for Reducing Emissions and Promoting Livelhoods
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L-R: Marcedonio Cortave, Asociasión de Comunidades Forestales de Petén (ACOFOP), Guatemala; Matthieu Yela Bonketo, Cercle pour la Défense de l’Environnement, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Jan Maarten Dros, Solidaridad Network, the Netherlands; Kent Wheiler, Weyerhauser; and Session Three Chair Peter Riggs, Ford Foundation
Session Three Chair Peter Riggs, Ford Foundation, underscored the need to reduce investment risks for both public and private investors.
Marcedonio Cortave, ACOFOP
Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends, summed up the session on new approaches and next steps.
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Participants listen intently to panelists during the afternoon session.

Seminar on Forests, Governance and Climate Change: Role of public and private finance to reduce forest loss and degradation
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Following the main RRI Dialogue, some participants gathered for the Seminar on Forests, Governance and Climate Change in the Betty Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House.
Lou Munden, The Munden Project, called for the absence of tenure rights to be quantified as a risk to investment.
L-R: Stephen O’Brien, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, UK, and Andy White, RRI
Martin Horwood, Member of Parliament, UK, chaired the seminar.
Jen Rubis, Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (JOAS), underscored the need for global climate policy to take into account the complexity of indigenous peoples’ relationships to forests.
Several delegates commented on the poignancy of the tapestry in the Boothroyd Room, its depiction of land use in the UK, and its relationship to the discussion on land tenure.
Cécile Ndjebet, African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF), Cameroon, discussed challenges faced by women, including lack of access to credit and secure land tenure.
Peter Riggs, Ford Foundation, summarized the proposed new approaches and next steps for reducing emissions and promoting livelihoods.
The panel chairs summarized the outcomes of each of the Dialogue sessions.
Stephen O’Brien emphasized the UK’s commitment to promoting good forest management.

Reception
At the end of the RRI seminar, participants gathered in a reception in the MacMillan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster.

Around the venue
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Your IISD team. L-R: Melanie Ashton, Australia, and Anju Sharma, India.
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Related Links
RRI resources
*Dialogue web site
*Dialogue 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 Tenth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forest Governance and Climate Change, 7-8 September 2011, The Hague, Netherlands
*IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forest Governance and Climate Change, 8 February 2011, London, England
*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 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 coverage of the Forty-fifth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council & Associated Sessions of the Committees, 9-14 November 2009, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests, 20 April - 1 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Nineteenth Session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on Forestry, 16-20 March 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*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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