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UN-REDD Programme at COP 28

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Main Event: EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE: SUPERCHARGING FOREST SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Date: 9 December 2023

Time: 10:30-11:15 am GST

Venue: UNEP Pavilion
Livestream: https://www.unep.org/unep-climate-cop28/pavilion#Sat9

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The race to decarbonization requires an ‘everywhere, everything, all at once’ approach. Beyond the transport and energy sectors, forests offer an untapped mitigation potential of at least 4 gigatonnes of emissions reductions per year. Forests also have enormous potential to generate resources for the communities that inhabit them.  This high-level dialogue will bring together forest-rich countries and experts to discuss a toolbox of solutions, including the role of carbon markets, monitoring systems, and safeguards framework to supercharge the impacts of forest-based actions on climate.

Speakers:

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP;
  • Marina Silva, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Brazil (tbc); 
  • Siti Nurbaya, Minister for Environment and Forestry, Indonesia (tbc);
  • Annette Nazareth, ICVCM Chair; Cecile Bibiane Ndjebet,, UN Champion of the Earth 2022; 
  • Eunsik Park, Director General, Korea Forest Service.

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UN-REDD Reception :UN-REDD at 15: DELIVERING IMPACT ON FORESTS FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Date: 9 December 2023,

Time: 18:00-19:00

Venue: UNEP Pavilion

The 15th Anniversary Reception aims to celebrate the accomplishments of the UN-REDD Programme and provide a platform for participating countries to showcase the impact of the initiative on their respective landscapes. The reception will also serve as a forum for discussing the way forward and reinforcing commitments to sustainable forest management.

 

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Other UN-REDD Affiliated Events: 

We’ve also partnered with key organizations to deliver and amplify forest-related messaging. Engage with us in partner events, such as with IC-VCM, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, IPAM, UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and other COP Presidency Events as below; 

Community-led solutions: How social forestry is tackling climate change and its best practices” event at COP28 

Date: 4 December

Time: 9:00-10:20 GST

Venue: Indonesia Pavilion 

FAO will present on advances, challenges and opportunities raising from the ongoing ASEAN Social Forestry UN-REDD Programme Initiative – Indonesia Pavilion. Topic: capacities to assess and monitor social forestry to the NDCs Frameworks.


Landscapes for water - Scaling-up locally-led climate actions

Date: 8 December 2023 (Friday)

Time: 13:30 - 14:30 (GST), Forests and Climate led – REDD+ participation via Zambia

Venue: Blue Zone, Resilience Hub 

FAO or Zambia to speak and present UN-REDD Zambia work.

This session will focus on best-practices, tools, and local initiatives that strengthen climate action and water resilience across landscapes. There will also be a discussion on how they can be upscaled and more systematically incorporated into global and national processes.

Organizers: Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), Australia Water Partnership, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), FAO


Bringing integrity to the VCM: a briefing for policy makers.

Location: UNEP Pavilion

Time: 15:15 - 16:15 

Speakers:

Kelley Kizzier, Board Member, ICVCM

Gabriel Labbate, Co-chair of Expert Panel, ICVCM

Pedro Barata, Co-chair of Expert Panel, ICVCM

Register:https://lu.ma/ICVCM-UNEP-bringing-market-integrity


Forest Day- 9 Dec 2023

UNEP works to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, as well as preserve other land uses including through wetland conservation and grassland restoration, to conserve rich biodiverse territories. This day will focus on scaling robust solutions that protect, restore and effectively manage natural ecosystems and forests, address drivers of nature loss, empower Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and create resilient livelihoods.

9:15 - 10:00
The Big Nature Turnaround: Repurposing $7 Trillion Financing Nature’s Loss

The State of Finance for Nature (SFN) is an annual report that monitors global financial flows related to Nature-based Solutions (NbS). It assesses the investment required to limit global warming below 1.5°C, halt biodiversity loss, and achieve land degradation neutrality. The upcoming 2023 report, to be unveiled at this event, introduces a significant enhancement from the first two editions by examining private financial flows that adversely impact nature, alongside the public harmful subsidies uncovered in 2022. SFN 2023 provides a comprehensive understanding of both public and private financial contributions to NbS within the broader economic context, encompassing both nature-negative and nature-positive financial flows. 

Panelists

  • Heike Henn, Director for Climate, Energy and Environment and Commissioner for Climate Policy and Climate Financing, Germany
  • Carina Pimenta, National Secretary for Bioeconomy, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Brazil 
  • Niki Mardas, Executive Director, Global Canopy 
  • Mirey Atallah, Head, Nature for Climate Branch, UNEP (moderator)

    UNEP works to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, as well as preserve other land uses including through wetland conservation and grassland restoration, to conserve rich biodiverse territories. This day will focus on scaling robust solutions that protect, restore and effectively manage natural ecosystems and forests, address drivers of nature loss, empower Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and create resilient livelihoods. 


Climate Finance: Pioneering Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Forest Conservation

Date: Saturday, December 9th,

Time: 12:15-13:30,

Venue: COP28, Amazon Pavillion, B87

OVERVIEW

The landscape of climate finance, shaped by international collaboration, carbon markets, REDD+, and diverse financial mechanisms, holds promise for fostering positive outcomes in greenhouse gas mitigation and climate adaptation. However, a noticeable disparity persists in accessing sufficient resources and establishing effective frameworks to access these resources and meet established climate targets. This underscores the pressing need to prioritize resource allocation and ensure transparent fund distribution.

This event will aim to explore the potential and efficacy of forest-based climate mechanisms like carbon markets, REDD, Forests Funds, PES, among others, in propelling sustainable development and bolstering forest conservation efforts. Brazil and the Amazon are central to the discussions and climate solutions. Considering this, the panel will highlight innovative financial mechanisms and successful forest preservation practices drawn from the esteemed panelists' rich experiences. Furthermore, it will delve into the specific challenges within current forest-based climate finance opportunities such as carbon markets, REDD Results-based payments, and climate-for-debt swaps, seeking untapped potential to steer finance towards low-carbon economies and robust forest protection, thus identifying pathways for heightened efficacy.

OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss the efficacy and potential future of forest-based climate mechanisms such as carbon markets, nature-for-debt swaps, and REDD in driving sustainable development and fortifying forest conservation efforts. 
  • Showcase innovative financial mechanisms and successful practices in forest preservation from the panelist experiences. Challenges and opportunities for achievements at the necessary scale to address climate change.
  • Dissect the specific hurdles and untapped potential within carbon markets, nature-for-debt swaps, and REDD for steering finance towards low-carbon economies and robust forest protection, pinpointing avenues for enhanced efficacy.

PARTICIPANTS

Opening remarks

  • Ms. Mirey Atallah, Head of Nature for Climate Branch, United Nations Environment Programme 
  • Mr. Richard Ridourt, Government of the United Kingdom

Panelists

  • Mr. Mauro Ó de Almeida, Secretary of Environment, Government of Pará
  • Mr. Gabriel Labbate, Global Team Leader, UN-REDD Programme & Co-Chair IC-VCM
  • Ms. Juliana Santiago, Executive Vice-president Brazil, Emergent, LEAF Coalition
  • Mr. Eugenio Pantoja, Senior Director of Public Policies, Amazon Environment Research Institute (IPAM)

Moderation 

  • Ms. Val Kapos, UNEP-WCM

IRI-partner events

  • Mobilizing Religious Leadership for a Sustainable Amazon: The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) Peru, Peru country pavilion, 4 December, 17:30-18:45
  • Global South: Exchange of Strategic Actions for the Conservation of Tropical Forests, 6 December, 12:15-13:30
  • Religions in Action for Forests, Climate and Indigenous Peoples: Innovations from the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and Peru, Faith Pavilion, 6 December, 17:00-18:30
  • Mobilizing Religious Leadership for Forests and Climate: Innovations from the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Indonesia and Around the World
    Indonesia pavilion, 9 December, 9:00 -10:20
  • Climate Financing and Cooperation Mechanisms for Sustainable Development and Forest Conservation, 9 December, 10:15
  • Religions in Action for Forests, Climate and Indigenous Peoples: Innovations of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Colombia
    Colombia pavilion, 9 December,
    12:00-12:45
  • Launch of the IRI Brazil Virtual Reality Film, “Amazonia Viva”, UNEP pavilion, 9 December, 17:30-18:00 
  • Mobilizing Religious Leadership for Protection of the Amazon and the Climate: The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI), Brazil pavilion, 11 December, 18:00-19:00

See our full schedule here and join: https://reddacademy.in.howspace.com/redd-plus-finance-and-carbon-markets  

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