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The Center for Global Development at COP 21

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


The Center for Global Development is hosting several side events in Paris during the 21st UNFCCC Conference of Parties. Frances Seymour, Jonah Busch and Michele de Nevers will be sharing ongoing research from the forthcoming book, Why Forests? Why Now?, as well as findings from the recently released working group report, Look to the Forests: How Performance Payments Can Slow Climate Change. CGD is partnering with fellow civil society organizations and country pavilions to emphasize that tropical forests are essential for climate stability and sustainable development, that now is the time for action, and that payment-for-performance finance is a mechanism with great potential for success. Please note that events within the COP venue require proper accreditation, unless otherwise indicated.
 

Tuesday, December 1, 4:30 pm CONSUMERS AND TROPICAL FORESTS: THE CASE FOR REDD+
EU Pavilion, Brussels Room
Co-sponsored with Conservation International and Ecofys, University of Aberdeen and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

The Center for Global Development, Ecofys, and Conservation International presented new research illuminating consumers' role in driving or reducing tropical deforestation, and how consumer countries can better support climate mitigation in tropical forests through REDD+ finance, demand-side policies, and/or social and environmental best practices.

Featured speakers:
• Frances Seymour, Senior Fellow, CGD (Moderator)
• Jonah Busch, Research Fellow, CGD
• Daan Peters, Consultant, Ecofys
• Milagros Sandoval, Environmental Policy Manager, Conservation International

Thursday, December 3, 2:15-3:45 pm UNLEASHING PERFORMANCE PAYMENTS TO REDUCE DEFORESTATION
CICERO/Bellona Foundation Pavilion

The Center for Global Development presented findings from a new CGD report, “Look to the Forests: How Performance Payments Can Slow Climate Change,” which offers recommendations for scaling up pay-for-performance transfers to reduce deforestation. Panelists discussed constraints -- such as the “aidification” of climate finance -- that have affected funding amounts and instruments, and the challenges of maintaining political support in the face of slow disbursement. The panel offered donor and recipient perspectives on the incentives that performance payments can offer and the urgency of getting funds flowing. Presenters discussed options for how to manage risks perceived by potential funders and suggest options for generating new sources of finance for performance agreements.

Featured speakers:
• Erik Solheim, DAC Chair, OECD
• Michele de Nevers, Senior Associate, CGD
• Harrison Karnwea, Director, Liberia Forest Managing Authority
• Erlend Hermansen, Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo
• Frances Seymour, Senior Fellow, CGD (Moderator)
 

Thursday, December 10, 3:00 - 4:30pm EARLY EXPERIENCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESULTS-BASED FINANCE TO SUPPORT REDUCED DEFORESTATION
Indonesia Pavilion

The Center for Global Development presented findings from its recent working group report, Look to the Forests: How Performance Payments Can Slow Climate Change  on early experiences paying for performance in reducing deforestation. Panelists from Indonesia, Brazil and India (TBC) shared experiences with payment-for-performance REDD+ at the international, national, and sub-national levels, and offer perspectives on the most promising opportunities to advance the approach in domestic and international policy arenas.  

Featured speakers:
• Frances Seymour, Senior Fellow, CGD (Moderator)
• Jonah Busch, Research Fellow, CGD
• Tasso Azevedo, Coordinator, Sistema de Estimativas de Emissões de GEE (SEEG)
• Rezal Kusumaatmadja, Chief Operating Officer, PT Rimba Makmur Utama
• Parag Dhakate, Nodal Officer Climate Change and REDD+, India
• Nur Masripatin, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Respondent)

 

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