Bonn Climate Change Conference 3-14 June 2013

Bonn, Germany
Date - Start: 
June 3, 2013
Date - End: 
June 14, 2013

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) convened two key events at the Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, 3-14 June 2013.

The IFAD- ICRAF Biofuel Programme

Biofuels from nipa palm can be produced on saline soils and support food security. Photo by smallislander

Wednesday, 5 June 2013, 18:30-20:00 hrs
Venue: Ministry of Transport, Bonn, Germany, Rail Room

Biofuels are necessary to reach the 2°C target but can have negative effects on the environment, food security and livelihoods. Panelists from research, governments, donors and business discussed the ICRAF-IFAD Biofuel Programme in the context of development, environment and climate change.


Moderator: Henry Neufeldt, Head, Climate Change Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of India

Programme for the Development of Alternative Biofuel Crops
The overall goal is to improve the productivity of non-cereal biofuel crops that have higher oil, starch or sugar productivity than conventional biofuel crops. The project aims to develop market-ready products that will enable the poor, including women, to take advantage of this emerging and vast opportunity, thereby improving their cash incomes, improving their food security and increasing their access to affordable energy. Read more

Press Release: Alternative biofuel crops to fuel the future of the poor


Drivers of deforestation: leverage points and REDD+ efficiency

ICRAF/Valentina Robiglio

Monday 10 June 2013, 13:30 – 15:30 hrs
Venue: Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Walter‐Flex‐Str. 3, 53113 Bonn, Germany

Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF) - University of Bonn
The WorldAgroforestry Center (ICRAF)
ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB)

Drivers of deforestation are at the heart of any effort aimed at understanding and addressing deforestation. Drivers are often complex, dynamic and context specific. Understanding the pathways- from underlying to proximate and the changes in magnitude and nature over time is extremely important in determining both the exact points along pathways and the potential for leverage on various drivers. Determining baselines and the combination of strategies to meet targets on avoiding  deforestation including land sparing (sustainable intensification), land sharing (diversification and sharing among multiple functions) and land caring (investments and incentives in stewardship) would be largely determined by the nature of drivers of deforestation.  This event explored some of the thinking around drivers as it relates to leverage points, baselines, REDD strategies and incentives. It presented some preliminary results of pan-tropical research on the same from Columbia, Indonesia, Viet Nam and the Congo Basin.

Remarks from Chair: ZEF Director, Dr. Joachim von Braun (TBD)

Presentations (10 Minutes each)

  1. From Montreal to Doha: The drivers of deforestation story - Peter A Minang, ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins
  2. Systematic Analysis of drivers of deforestation in Bolivia - Robert Muller, Gottingen University
  3. Drivers, forest transitions and setting baselines - Sonya Dewi, ICRAF Indonesia
  4. Environmental Policies as drivers of deforestation in Brazil - Jan Börner, ZEF, University of Bonn
  5. Implications for sparing, sharing and caring - Meine van Noordwijk, ICRAF

Q & A (20 Minutes)
Discussion and wrap-up (40 Minutes)

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