UN Climate Change Conference

7 – 18 November, Marrakesh
10 November 2016 | 18:30-20:00 | Mediterranean Room

What is essential for transparency under the Paris Agreement?

CIFOR, Wageningen University & Research and partners explore the role of different actors and rules for transparency and accountability related to forests and land use mitigation and adaptation, including the role of civil society and independent monitoring systems, safeguards and equity, based on comparative case studies.


With financial support from:




Maria Brockhaus, University of Helsinki


Leticia Guimaraes, Brazilian Ministry of Environment
Samuel Mawutor, Civic Response Ghana


Arild Angelsen
(Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
"REDD+ reference level (FREL) submissions to UNFCCC: Are they biased upwards?"
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Speaker's bio:
Arild Angelsen is a Professor of economics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and a Senior Associate of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia. He has done extensive research on causes of tropical deforestation over the past 15 years, and its interaction with poverty, tenure and government policies. Angelsen is global coordinator of the Poverty Environment Network (PEN), a CIFOR-led research programme collecting detailed information from about 9,000 households in 26 developing countries on forest uses and management. He has broad field experience from Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa, and has lived in Uganda, Indonesia, Australia and the USA.

Martin Herold
(Wageningen University)
"Enhancing transparency in the land use sector"
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Anne Larson
"Multilevel governance and the challenges of establishing MRV systems final"
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Speaker's bio:
Anne Larson conducts research on multiple aspects of forest and landscape governance policy and institutions, from local to international scales. She coordinates fieldwork in Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Current research priorities include opportunities and challenges for forest tenure reforms; women’s rights to land in communal forests; and multilevel governance, REDD+ and low emissions development. Anne is a member of the council of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) and represents CIFOR to the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). Prior to obtaining her PhD in 2001, she worked as a journalist, activist and lobbyist. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Stanford University and her PhD in from UC Berkeley in Wildland Resource Science.

Muhamad Teguh Surya
(Yayasan Madani Berkelanjutan)
"Transparency, Fight for the Freedom of Information to Improve Forest Governance Lesson Learnt from Indonesia"

Speaker's bio:
Muhammad Teguh Surya is the Executive Director of Yayasan Madani. He was previously a forest-political campaigner at Greenpeace SEA-Indonesia from 2012-2016 and was head of the campaign department of WALHI headquarters from 2008-2012. Yayasan Madani is a newly established organization, which seeks to consolidate various local and national initiatives for saving Indonesian forests and the global climate, and to bridge relations between key stakeholders in order to find innovative solutions for the many problems of forest governance and climate change, as well as create shared ownership for those initiatives and solutions.