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

22 June 2010 | Washington D.C., United States of America

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The fifth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change opened on Tuesday, 22 June 2010, in Washington D.C., USA. It was attended by approximately 100 participants representing more than 18 countries. The Dialogue engages representatives of governments, indigenous peoples, civil society, investors and businesses, and conservation and development organizations from around the world. Andy White, RRI, opened the meeting and described the goal of the Dialogue of sharing experiences and improving governance of forests to ensure that climate change responses are effective in reducing emissions and contributing to economic and social development. In the first morning session, participants took stock of developments from the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference, which led to the establishment of the Interim REDD+ Partnership. In the second morning session, panelists discussed implementation issues for REDD, in particular addressing the drivers, costs and risks. In the afternoon, panel discussions were held on accountability, standards and safeguards, and on prospects for REDD in the UNFCCC negotiations and on the ground. Andy White closed the meeting at 5:08pm.

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OPENING SESSION:
 
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In his opening remarks, Andy White, RRI, described the goals of the dialogue.
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Andy White, RRI, with the silhouette of the U.S. Capitol in the background.
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SESSION ONE:
EMERGING ARCHITECTURE, NEW PARTNERSHIPS AND GLOBAL REDD GOVERNANCE
 
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R-L: Sally Collins, Department of Agriculture (USDA), US; Guy Patrice Dkamela, Network for Environment and Sustainable Development, Cameroon; Lars Løvold, Rainforest Foundation Norway; Donna Lee, Department of State, US; and Andreas Dahl-Jørgensen, Ministry of Environment, Norway.
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Andreas Dahl-Jørgensen, Ministry of Environment, Norway, described the Interim REDD+ Partnership as a platform to scale up REDD+ actions and coordinate spending.
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Guy Patrice Dkamela, Network for Environment and Sustainable Development, Cameroon, described the discrepancies between international-level discussions and REDD implementation in the field.
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Sally Collins, USDA, introduced the speakers on the first panel.
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Donna Lee, Department of State, US, reflected on her experience as a member of the US negotiating team to the UNFCCC focusing on REDD.
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Lars Løvold, Rainforest Foundation, reminded participants that REDD must: change the historic use of forests in poor countries; reward protection; and control those who make money by destroying the forest.
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SESSION TWO:
IMPLEMENTATION - ADDRESSING THE DRIVERS, THE COSTS AND THE RISKS
 
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L-R: Andy White, RRI; Gerhard Dieterle, World Bank; Janis Alcorn, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy; Beto Borges, Forest Trends; and Phil Shearman, University of Papua New Guinea.
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Andy White, RRI, moderated the session.
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Phil Shearman, University of Papua New Guinea, provided an introductory presentation on the drivers of deforestation.
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Beto Borges, Forest Trends, described the importance of strengthening indigenous peoples' rights for effective REDD intervention.
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Gerhard Dieterle, World Bank, discussed the underlying causes of deforestation stressing the need to address issues embedded within society, such as unequal distribution of resources and poverty.
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Janis Alcorn, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, noted differing national contexts in Brazil, Thailand and Indonesia, highlighting that in some cases implementation of REDD threatens to negatively impact rights of local communities.
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Kate Horner, Friends of the Earth.
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Tim Resch, US Agency for International Development.
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Lorena Vaca, Amerindian Peoples Association of Guyana.
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SESSION THREE:
ACCOUNTABILITY, STANDARDS AND SAFEGUARDS
 
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Panel on Accountabilty, Standards and Safeguards.
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Uma Lele, former Senior Advisor, World Bank, introduced the panel and highlighted the gap between statements on safeguards and implementation during the panel discussions.
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Carlos Mamami, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, said REDD has been addressed in the Forum, including through a half-day session on forest issues.
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Tim Clairs, UN Development Programme, presented a risk-based tool aimed at developing minimum standards and coherence.
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Augusta Molnar, RRI, presented on a recent RRI workshop on "Systems of Standards Safeguards and Recourse Mechanisms for Forests and Climate."
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Charles Di Leva, World Bank, highlighted the challenges of advancing on REDD when other sectors in national economies, such as mining and forestry, have development frameworks that are not compatible with REDD objectives.
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SESSION FOUR:
PRIORITIES FOR GOING FORWARD

 
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L-R: Participants from Cameroon, Guy Patrice Dkamela, Network for Environment and Sustainable Development, Cameroon; Cécile Ndjebet, Cameroon Ecology and Jean-Marie Ndjebet, Mayor of Edea, Cameroon.
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Cécile Ndjebet, Cameroon Ecology, highlighted the lack of discussion in the dialogue on: participatory community rights mapping; equity and tenure issues as related to gender; local governance; and issues related to conflict.
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Charles Barber, State Department, US, stressed that if we don’t consider REDD in the development context, REDD will fail.
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John Spears, former Senior Advisor, World Bank, reflected on the day’s discussions.
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Arvind Khare, RRI, moderated the session.
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CLOSING PLENARY:
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Andy White, RRI being congratulated by Charles Barber, State Department, US.
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Participants saying their goodbyes.
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Participant pausing to view the US Capitol from the conference room.
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Related Links
RRI resources
*Dialogue web site
*Previous RRI Dialogues
*RRI Workshop on Systems of Standards, Safeguards and Recourse Mechanisms for Forests and Climate, 12 May 2010, Washington, D.C., United States of America

General resources
*Oslo Climate and Forest Conference
*World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
*UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)
*UNFCCC REDD Platform
*International Conference on the Major Forest Basins, 11 March 2010, Paris, France

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth RRI 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 UNFF, 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
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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