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IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri, COP20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal confirmed as speakers at Forests Asia Summit, 5-6 May in Jakarta
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Can Southeast Asia achieve ‘green growth’?
5 March 2014 — Media are invited to register now for access to the Forests Asia Summit, a two-day gathering of government ministers, business executives, civil society and development experts from Southeast Asia aimed at accelerating the shift toward a green economy by better managing forests and landscapes.
Despite Southeast Asia’s rapid and sustained economic growth, the region has become the world’s largest source of greenhouse gases from land-use change. The majority of the region’s rural population continues to depend on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture — the primary driver of deforestation in the area.
Against this backdrop, some Southeast Asian economies have shifted to a ‘green growth’ approach to reduce emissions and increase forest cover. Similarly, leading businesses are committing to agreements governing the timber trade, sustainable palm oil and efforts to fight trans-boundary haze.
The Forests Asia Summit — convened by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and co-hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry — will position forests and landscapes at the core of ongoing policy processes in the region related to green growth, poverty eradication, sustainable land use, climate change mitigation and adaptation, food security and nutrition.
Among the confirmed speaker at the Forests Asia Summit:
- Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
- Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of the Environment of Peru; president of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP)
- Dr. Andrea Bassi, CEO of KnowlEdge Srl; Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa
- Franky Widjaja, Chief Executive Officer, Golden Agri-resources
Watch forestsasia.org for continuously updated news about the summit.
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing counties. CIFOR helps ensure that decision-making that affects forests is based on solid science and principles of good governance, and reflects the perspectives of less-developed countries and forest-dependent people. CIFOR is one of 15 members of the CGIAR Consortium.
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