Public Event / UNFCCC side event on "Ensuring Climate Action in Forests is Stable and Resilient"

June 19, 2019 | 11:00 h - 14:00 h

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Venue: ZEF, Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn. Right Conference Room. 

Title: Ensuring Climate Action in Forests is Stable and Resilient

This event will discuss why it is important to prioritize the protection and restoration of primary forests for climate change mitigation and adaptation and takes place on the occasion of a SBSTTA (Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice) meeting of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This SBSTTA meeting will include discussion on whether forest climate action will be included in market mechanisms; whether the important role of indigenous people and biodiversity and ecosystem integrity in delivering robust climate outcomes will be considered; and whether actions with perverse outcome for communities, ecosystem integrity and the climate are avoided. Improving the rights of indigenous communities and benefit sharing will play a role as well as debates about wood-based bioenergy production and infrastructure development in forests.

11am to 12pm Presentations

Moderation by Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger


Professor Brendan Mackey. Director of Griffith University’s Climate Change Response Programme. He is a coordinating lead author for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report working group II - impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. Brendan has published over 200 academic articles in the fields of environmental science and policy including on the nexus between forests, biodiversity and climate change. 

Presentation <link file:12685 download file>here.

Emeritus Professor Bill Moomaw. He is very actively engaged on policy development relating to Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change. Among his many roles is Co-Director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

Presentation <link file:12686 download file>here.

Angelica Beltran, is a climate change researcher at Association Ambiente y Sociedad and co-coordinator of the CLARA Alliance.

Zoltan Kun, Frankfurt Zoological Society.

Presentation <link file:12687 download file>here.

Followed by Q&A

12pm to 1pm – Vegetarian Lunch will be provided

1pm Panel

Moderation by Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger
Short reaction to Speakers, 5 Minutes

Virginia Young, from the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society and contributor to the international policy component of Griffith University's Primary Forest Research Programme;

Peg Putt, co-ordinator of the global forest network working on bioenergy;

Presentation <link file:12688 download file>here.

PD Dr. Christine B. Schmitt, Senior Conservation Scientist at ZEF 

Prof. Bill Moomaw, Co-Director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University

Angelica Beltran, researcher at Association Ambiente y Sociedad and co-coordinator of the CLARA Alliance

Presentation <link file:12689 download file>here.

Renzo Giudice Junior Environmental Economist at ZEF working on Carbon Emissions and Deforestation in Peru

Registration and more information via email: Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (<link typo3>

The participants consent to their appearance in the event being filmed, recorded and broadcasted online.


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Lisa Biber-Freudenberger

Jun.-Prof. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger


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