Update from John Hontelez, FSC Chief Advocacy Officer
Last Friday evening, the negotiations to prepare for the Rio+20 Conference were supposed to have finished. They hadn’t. In fact, it is still unclear whether the work that started a year ago will lead to any results.
There are several reasons for this. One visible issue is that developing countries refuse to commit to any new obligations in what they predominantly see as a northern-shaped environmental agenda – unless those northern countries re-commit to substantial forms of (additional) financial and technological assistance, combined with favorable trade agreements etc.
Today, 17 June. 15.30–18.00
Sustainable Development Dialogues, forest session
FSC’s Executive Director, Andre de Freitas, will be a panelist at the forest session of the Sustainable Development Dialogues on 17 June.
As part of the wider events surrounding the Rio+20 conference, the Government of Brazil, with the support of the UN, is organizing the Sustainable Development Dialogues.
The sessions will be held at Riocentro, the venue for the Rio+20 conference, from 16–19 June. They will provide a stimulating agenda in the run-up to the high-level segment of the conference. With representatives from civil society, the private sector, NGOs and the scientific community, the Sustainable Development Dialogues promise lively debates and thought-provoking discussions.
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18 June 2012
How can forests and the forest industry foster local livelihoods and, at the same time, help consumers move to a low carbon, bio-economy?
This event offers participants an opportunity to explore this question, and how the forestry sector can propose concrete steps towards a more sustainable future. Collaborative efforts between the public custodians of forests, the private sector and local communities offer new opportunities for climate-smart management of trees and forests, while NGOs have an important role to play in encouraging appropriate levels of environmental protection.
The discussion will be organized around three themes:
1. The role of the forest sector in emerging bio-economies
2. Forest certification: a paradigm shift in the green economy
3. Contributions of the forest industry to rural development
Executive Director Andre de Freitas will represent FSC on the panel for theme 2.
The Governance, Environment and Markets (GEM) Initiative, created in March 2012 by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, is co-organizing the Forest Dialogues event in Rio, one of the ten Sustainable Development Dialogues. This is being organized in collaboration with the Center for International Forest Research and the University of Sao Paolo. The initiative is directed by Dr. Ben Cashore
GEM recently published the inaugural edition of its quarterly newsletter, which focuses mainly on Rio+20 and features updates on research projects, new publications, collaborations and events.
GEM was launched in March 2012 at the U.S./Canada Citizens' Summit for Sustainable Development. Currently efforts are focused on two related and critically important challenges:
• Global forest degradation and deforestation policy, such as legality verification, forest certification, ‘Forest Law Enforcement and Governance’ (FLEG), REDD+, and the international forest regime.
• Climate change policy, such as path-dependent interventions to address ‘super wicked’ policy challenges, REDD+ and global carbon markets
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