DIGITAL FORUM

Can tree planting save our planet?

29 September 2020, Online


Tree planting has become the latest trend in helping to tackle the climate crisis. Business and political leaders from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have pledged to plant billions – even trillions – of trees across the planet as a fix for runaway carbon emissions and degraded landscapes. Plant trees, save the planet. 

The key is ensuring that these admirable tree planting pledges turn into long-lasting trees and forests that support livelihoods, communities and the planet. But how? When planting trees and restoring forests, good intentions need to be bolstered by strong science. Successful, evidence-based tree planting initiatives start with considering the right tree for the right place and the right purpose.

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Speakers

Welcome

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01:00-01:05 PM

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Opening remarks

CIFOR Director General/CIFOR-ICRAF Managing Director

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01:05-01:17 PM

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Introducing Resilient Landscapes

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01:17-01:25 PM

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Keynote

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Busting the myths and tackling the realities of tree planting

Planting a trillion trees: a feel-good exercise or an important mission to save the planet? What does it take to make tree planting successful?

The discussion will investigate some of the misconceptions about tree-planting and look at the pathways to restoring landscapes and growing trees that provide the greatest chance of success – for people and the planet. We will hear from researchers, community representatives and tree planting leaders who seek to build sustainable communities and business models.

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01:30-02:15 PM

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Reflections

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02:15-02:20 PM

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Financing tree planting and proper valuation of natural assets  and investments

Besides the few headline-grabbing big pledges from companies this year, tree planting and landscape restoration at scale have struggled to attract sufficient investment. And yet, investment opportunities abound with commitments by governments to restore hundreds of millions of hectares through agreements like the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests, in addition to growing willingness among companies to make their supply chains more sustainable.

This session will consider where investments in tree planting are happening and where the opportunities remain untapped. Investors – public and private – will discuss their interests and their challenges. This session is supported by Resilient Landscapes.

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02:40-03:25 PM

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Youth tree planting

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03:30-03:45 PM

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Putting tools and technology into farmers’ hands: stories from the field

Landscape restoration is often a long-term and costly exercise. CIFOR-ICRAF have developed two important mobile tools for farmers, restoration practitioners and tree planters to make the right tree in the right place for the right purpose easier. CIFOR-ICRAF experts Roeland Kindt will explain how the Regreening Africa App and the vegetationmap4africa’s help those involved in landscape restoration make better decisions on suitable tree and shrub species.

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03:45-04:00 PM

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From planting to natural regeneration: best approaches to tree growing

Tree planting techniques and technology, from species selection to considering natural regeneration, can help reduce costs, improve survival rates while connecting communities. During the second session we will consider what trees make the most sense under different climate scenarios, the role of biodiversity, where do we plant which tree species – or let nature do the work through natural regeneration.  New technologies, their applications to the future of tree planting and restoration will also be discussed.

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04:00-04:45 PM

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Rainforestation

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04:45-04:50 PM

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Urban forests

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04:50-04:55 PM

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Closing Remarks

ICRAF Director General/CIFOR-ICRAF Executive Director

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04:55-05:05 PM

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