This session aims to share experiences and suggestions, including from regional events, on how local policies, practices and actions using social forestry as an approach will contribute to the Paris Agreement. In fact, the Paris Agreement itself welcomes this kind of discussion and “Recognizes the need to strengthen knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change”. Speakers will present evidence of how social forestry models have contributed to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation while improving resilience and providing livelihood co-benefits. They will also discuss potential policy incentives to bolster effectiveness in social forestry implementation toward achieving equitable climate and co-benefit outcomes; and how social forestry could be a central part of nationally determined contributions.
Organizers:Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry
"Social forestry and the Paris Agreement: Lessons for benefit sharing"
Grace Wong is Senior Scientist for the REDD+ Benefits Sharing Project. Prior to joining CIFOR, Grace worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, as a Senior Technical Advisor on the Poverty-Environment Initiative, and for Conservation International (CI) Washington, DC, as Senior Director of the Economics and Planning Program. Grace holds a PhD from the University of Florida. Her educational background and professional experience have largely converged on issues relating to economic trade-offs between conservation, local community needs and national development goals in tropical developing countries. Her work in Lao PDR included assessments of the impacts from investments on land use, environmental and social change; use of poverty-environment indicators in national statistics and district-level planning; and in leveraging economic incentives towards sustainable development objectives.