The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is convening, co-convening or participating in several events at the 18th Session of the UNFCCC COP in Doha, Qatar, on 26 Nov - 7 Dec 2012.

Please join us there if you can, and follow us on Twitter (@ICRAF) and Facebook (name: worldagroforestry) for reports from the events.

The programme is subject to change. Please check back for updates here.

Thursday, 29 November, 2012

The Private Sector and REDD+: Trends, challenges and opportunities

9.00  – 10.15 a.m.

IETA Private Sector side-event

Diplomatic Club, Doha, Qatar

The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the ASB Partnership for the Forest Tropical Margins at the World Agroforestry centre (ASB-ICRAF) will hold a panel discussion based on recent findings from a study on private sector engagement in REDD+. Come to the session to learn:

  • In the REDD+ supply chain, who are the private sector players and what are their motivations and types of interventions?
  • What are the current challenges for private sector engagement in REDD+?
  • How can private sector engagement in REDD+ be enhanced

Speaker from the World Agroforestry Centre: Ms. Florence Bernard

See Brief: The Role of the Private Sector in Climate Change Interventions

Story from the event: Tony La Viña: Landscape approach is a stronger signal to REDD+

According to Tony La Viña, a REDD+ facilitator at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (UNFCCC COP 18) talks, a landscape approach holds potential to unlock ambiguities and uncertainties that threaten to stall implementation and scaling up of the REDD+  (Reducing emissions form Deforestation and Forest Degradation) mechanism. Read more

Related publications:

IISD-ASB Policy Brief: The Private Sector in the REDD+ Supply Chain: Trends, challenges and opportunities

IISD-ASB Report:  The Private Sector in the REDD+ Supply Chain: Trends, challenges and opportunities

IISD-ASB Policy Brief:  Designing Effective REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems: Building on existing systems and country experiences

 IISD-ASB Report:  Designing Effective REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems: Building on existing systems and country experiences

ASB Policy Brief 27: Will Current Forest Land Tenure Impede REDD+ Efforts in Viet Nam?

ASB Policy Brief 28: Stakeholder Preferences for Rewards for Ecosystem Services: Implications for a REDD+ Benefit Distribution System in Viet Nam

ASB Policy Brief 29: REDD+ Through Conservation Landscapes: Opportunities and Challenges

ASB Policy Brief 30: Incentives for Reducing Carbon Emission From Illegal Logging in Cameroon

ASB Lecture Note : International Market for Forest Carbon Offsets: How these offsets are created and traded

Is the Window of Opportunity for REDD+ Closing?

18:00pm-20:00pm .

EU Pavilion REDD+ side-event

EU Pavilion

Qatar National Convention Centre
Doha, Qatar

The European Commission, The James Hutton Institute and the ASB Partnership for the Forest Tropical Margins at the World Agroforestry Centre will discuss the question: 

Will REDD be a short-lived hype or will it succeed in producing lasting change, effectively preserving forest carbon stocks in the tropics and contributing to development and poverty alleviation?

Discussions will be based on lessons learnt from two projects: REDD-ALERT and I-REDD, taking into account issues of forest governance and forest definitions, cross-scale linkages between many actors, local level land use dynamics, winners and losers, and the need to consider REDD+ within a global system of wider ecosystem service provision against a backdrop of increasing population and climate change.

Speaker from the World Agroforestry Centre: Dr. Meine van Noordwijk

Story from the event: Is the window of opportunity for REDD+ closing?
the REDD+ window of opportunity could be seen as closing at the current stage due to several factors including that forest related emissions are declining as a percentage of total emissions from 20%, 17% to now 10% due to increase in fossil fuel emissions; lack of demand for carbon credits in developed countries, increasing food prices and economic crisis taking precedence; alongside complexities on methodology, rights and other issues that have continued to delay the REDD+ implementation process.  Read more

Saturday, 01 Dec 2012

Biofuels – Getting Rid of the Hype

ICRAF UNFCCC side-event

6:30- 8:00 p.m.

Room 6

Qatar National Convention Centre
Doha, Qatar


See IISD coverage of the event, plus photos

Hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), this side event will discuss sustainable use of biofuels in the context of development, environment, and climate change. Panellists will be drawn from research, governments, donors and business. Different approaches to biofuel development that will lead to integrated and sustainable food and energy producing landscapes in the long-term will be highlighted. 

Provisional Schedule:

1. Setting the stage -Ravi Prabhu, DDG Research, World Agroforestry Centre

2. State of energy needs related to climate change and current biofuels use potential (how much is big business, how much small entrepreneurs)- Hugo Lucas, Director for Policy Advice and Capacity Building, International Renewable Energy Agency

3. Indonesian government’s interest and vision in biofuel development and who it will benefit. - Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of Indonesian President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight

4. Show the climate and energy impacts when thousands of small holders use small biogas digesters. - Richie Ahuja, Regional Director Asia, Environmental Defense Fund

5. Assessing participant opinions (large scale large industry vs. large scale small holder and fair vs. efficient) - Participant interventions through a ‘voting’ system and explanations by 2-4 participants.

6. Discussant views

- FAO  Alexander Mueller (tbc)

- Rodrigo CA Lima, General Manager, Institute for International Trade Negotiations

7. Government speakers: Country positions on biofuel energy programs in and answering to the questions raised during the participant vote;

8. Business sector positions on the biofuels they represent and answering to the questions raised during the participant vote

9. Facilitated discussion

10. Comments from panelists,

Closing remarks by Ravi Prabhu

Sunday, 02 Dec 2012

Drivers of Deforestation: Exploring Regional Differences and New Patterns

Forest Day 6: Discussion Forum

Parallel session 1

11.00 a.m. -12.30  p.m.

Renaissance, Doha City Hotel, Al-Areen 1


Read more

The keynote speaker for this event hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre will be Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4), Indonesia.
The following key questions will be discussed:

  • How do drivers of deforestation vary across scales and continents?
  • What generic designs of landscape approaches could best address complex interactions between multiple drivers as they manifest across continents, countries and landscapes?
  • How can global policy frameworks (within the UNFCCC and elsewhere) be shaped to enable equitable, effective and efficient actions that tackle drivers of deforestation at national and sub-national levels?

Speaker from the World Agroforestry Centre: Dr. Peter Minang

See story: Adopt context specific solutions to deforestation, UN climate meeting told

Ahead of tomorrow`s Forest Day 6 discussion forum on drivers of deforestation hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Dr Peter Minang’, a Senior Scientist and Global Coordinator of the ASB Partnership  said that causes of deforestation are unique to regions and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to ending the problem.Read more 

Drivers of Deforestation: Exploring Regional Differences and New Patterns

Forest Day 6: Issues Market Place

Parallel session 1
Time: 1.30- 2.30 p.m.

3rd Floor, Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel

The Issues Marketplace is an interactive, social event that follows the 'speaker's corner' format, in which the audience is free to move between presenters speaking under each of the following themes:

  • Forests on a cultivated planet
  • Governance frameworks for REDD+
  • National forest monitoring systems for REDD+
  • Forest landscape restoration: Enhancing more than carbon stocks
  • Financing REDD+: Closing the gap
  • Social safeguards: Protecting the territorial rights of indigenous peoples.

Monday, 03 December 2012

Climate Finance for Agriculture and Livelihoods

Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5: Roundtable Discussion 1

Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                    
Renaissance, Doha City Center Hotel



Hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), CARE International, and the CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the event will discuss:

  • What kinds of finance can be mobilized rapidly to meet both climate and development aims?
  • How can this finance best be delivered and coordinated?
  • How does climate finance benefit smallholder farmers and what can be done to improve current challenges?
  • What are key constraints and opportunities to making carbon finance work for poor smallholder farmers
  • How can we build the necessary institutions and governance structures that will enable large-scale investment in pro-poor NRM?

Speaker from the World Agroforestry Centre: Dr. Henry Neufeldt

Issues in Considering GHG (greenhouse gas) Measurements in Agriculture

Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5: Roundtable Discussion 2

Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                         
Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel

The World Agroforestry Centre, The Meridian Institute and FAO lead a discussion on how to develop effective and simple methods and tools to help countries quantify their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and help them identify mitigation measures that are consistent with promoting local livelihoods and rural development. Discussions will also focus on the importance of data that can be used as indicators for adaptation and resilience.

Speaker from the World Agroforestry Centre: Dr. Cheikh Mbow

Developing Landscape Approaches for Adaptation

Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5: Roundtable Discussion 3

Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.                   
Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel

This roundtable will be hosted by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF); CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Answers to the following questions will be discussed:

  1. Are ecosystems more resilient and people less vulnerable in multi-functional landscapes?
  2. Ecosystem-based adaptation includes managed agro-ecosystems, forests and agroforestry landscapes: what (if any) boundaries are needed to the concept?
  3. Who should be involved in planning, implementation and management?
  4. How does ecosystem-based adaptation differ from business-as-usual development? Does it require location-specific predictions of climate change?
  5. Who will have to pay and co-invest with local stakeholders, and how does this compare to other adaptation options?

Speakers the World Agroforestry Centre: Dr. Meine van Noordwijk, Dr. Henry Neufeldt, Dr. Peter Minang

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Mountains for Food Security, Livelihoods and Ecosystem Services

Mountain Day 2 side-event
4.15 – 6.00 p.m.

Intercontinental Hotel, Al Isteqlal Road, West Bay Lagoon, Doha

Collaborators: ICIMOD/HICAP 
The objective of this session is to bring to attention needs and preliminary results of research on climate change in mountains focusing on implications for agriculture and food security including gender perspectives. The regional focus is on mountainous areas of South and East Asia, where effects of climate change are  strongly felt due to their enormous size and vertical amplitude, but also due to the huge segments of population, some of them poor, both in and adjacent to these areas, whose livelihoods are affected by these changes

Speaker from the World Agroforestry Centre: Dr. Virendra Pal Singh


Wednesday, 05 Dec 2012

Transboundary Natural Resources Management – the Case of Shared Watersheds in Africa

African Development Bank side-event

Time: 9.00-10.30 a.m.

Renaissance Hotel

This side event will provide a forum for dialogue to take stock of existing challenges and issues at the transboundary natural resource management (NRM) in the context of climate change. Representatives from civil society and donor organizations will discuss their past experience and provide concrete recommendations on how transboundary NRM could contribute to mitigation and exchange ideas on proactive management of the resources that will promote regional integration and cooperation among countries

Speaker from the World Agroforestry Centre: Dr. Ravi Prabhu

Role of Grasslands in Adaptation and Mitigation

Government of Mongolia side-event

Time: 1.15- 2.45 p.m.

Qatar National Convention Center

Grasslands cover 26% of the terrestrial surface and store 8% of global carbon, yet the majority are degraded which lends itself to increases in carbon storage while simultaneously increasing productivity (biomass and livestock), food security and nutrition, adaptation capacity, and resilience.
Organizers – Government of Mongolia, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA), Food and Agriculture Organization
Co-organizers –Swiss Development Corporation, UNCCD, Embrapa, Savory Institute, UNIQUE forestry and land use, ICRAF

Thursday, 06 Dec, 2012

The Role of the UN in Achieving Climate-Smart Agriculture

UNCCD side-event

Side event room 1
Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar.

Time: TBC

Adapting agriculture to climate change is a necessity and Climate-Smart agriculture is promoted as THE way to achieve it. This event will host a dialogue on how an inclusive Climate-Smart agriculture can sustainably increase productivity, foster food security and promote ecosystem resilience.


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Monday 26 November to Friday 7 December 2012
Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar


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