Bonn Climate Change Conference SB60

The dates for the 60th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies in 2024 are 3-13 June 2024. The conference will take place at the World Conference Center Bonn. More information will be available soon.

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The 2nd Asean Haze-free Roadmap and Policy Dialogue for Achieving A Haze-free Southeast Asia

Transboundary haze is a widespread air pollution and smog that affects multiple countries and regions, including Southeast Asia (SEA). The issue of haze has transcended from being a regional concern to a global environmental crisis and is primarily caused by land clearing and peatland fires, causing severe environmental degradation, health hazards, and economic disruptions. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States (AMS) have taken several measures to tackle transboundary haze and promote regional cooperation to address the problem effectively. The key measures include the signing and ratification of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP), adoption of the Roadmap on ASEAN Cooperation towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation (2016-2020) and the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy 2006-2020 (APMS), which specifically provided a framework of action to address peatland related haze issues.

A review commissioned to evaluate progress and experiences of the First (2016-2020) Roadmap implementation to achieve the vision of haze-free ASEAN has led to the development of a new roadmap.  In August 2023, the Second Roadmap on ASEAN Cooperation towards Transboundary Haze Pollution Control with Means of Implementation (Haze-Free Roadmap) (2023-2030) was adopted during the 18th Meeting of the Committee Under the Conference of the Parties to ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (COM-18) and 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (COP-18). It consists of nine mutually reinforcing strategies.

The Second Roadmap synthesizes lessons learned, best practices, and innovative approaches, charting a course that amalgamates regional aspirations with actionable steps toward a haze-free future. Drawing on lessons learned from the implementation of the First Roadmap and considering the need to increase stakeholders’ awareness of the Second Roadmap, it is crucial to provide a platform for relevant actors to exchange of views on the Roadmap’s various strategies and actions for addressing transboundary haze issues. Such platforms enable relevant stakeholders to better understand differing perspectives on aspects such as policy and regulatory framework and law enforcement, sustainable land management practices, community engagement, innovative technologies etc. This can serve as the basis for creating effective policies and implementation.

To promote public awareness of the Second Roadmap and encourage participation of stakeholders in the implementation of strategies and actions, the ASEAN Secretariat together with MAHFSA Programme, is hosting a hybrid launch of the Second Roadmap and policy dialogue on 21 February 2024 in Jakarta. This event will consist of a half-day launch ceremony followed by a policy dialogue. The policy dialogue will highlight new elements of the Second ASEAN Haze-Free Roadmap and discuss the inextricably linked strategies and actions. The policy dialogue will explore the roles of both the public and private sectors in combating haze, while emphasizing the critical need for collaborative endeavors between these sectors. By fostering a dialogue that encompasses diverse viewpoints and stakeholder contributions, the event endeavors to pave the way for a more holistic and inclusive approach towards achieving a haze-free Southeast Asia.

Objectives

  1. Highlight key elements of the Second ASEAN Haze-Free Roadmap
  2. Stakeholders discuss perspectives on strategies and actions, and resources of the Second Roadmap, including the role of public and private sector and other institutions to tackle fires and haze in the region
  3. Identify opportunities for collaboration and alignment
  4. The Second Haze-Free Roadmap is launched and showcased

Contact person: Santi Darmokusumo, s.darmokusumo@cifor-icraf.org

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From Science-based Policy To Implementation

Background

Knowing that blue carbon ecosystems, including mangroves, seagrass meadows and saltmarshes are capable of sequestering and storing more carbon than terrestrial forests, they have attracted global attention, notably in climate change mitigation and adaptation. As home of around 17% of global blue carbon stock, Indonesia has a great opportunity to conduct international trading of carbon credits from its coastal ecosystems.

To implement the Paris Agreement, Indonesia has committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as outlined in its nationally determined contribution (NDC). Presidential Regulation No. 98/2021 on Implementation of Carbon Economic Value (NEK) was enacted to help the country achieve its emissions reduction targets. This was followed by Minister of Environment and Forestry Regulation No. 21/2022 on Technical Guidelines for Indonesia Emissions Reduction Certification (SPEI). In addition, the Government of Indonesia has launched the Indonesia Carbon Exchange (IDXCarbon) to provide markets for trading of carbon credits to accelerate carbon emission reduction, and achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 or earlier.

Stakeholders, including non-state actors, private sector, business and coastal communities, are interested in taking the opportunities to invest and develop blue carbon projects in Indonesia – the largest host of mangroves in the world. However, they have yet to understand how SPEI, NEK and IDXCarbon will be operationalized and enable them to participate in blue carbon projects. This will eventually speed up the process to achieve country’s net zero emissions (NZE) in 2060 or earlier.

The CIFOR-ICRAF Transformative Partnership Platform: Blue Carbon Deck team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, IPB University, the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI), and Indonesian Mangrove Society (IMS) organizes an open dialogue as a platform to facilitate exchange knowledge and experiences. It is expected that the challenges and barriers to implement projects on the ground may be removed and multi-stakeholder partnerships are promoted.

Objectives

  • Promote the role of Blue Carbon Deck as the platform for mutually beneficial partnership among actors interested in managing blue carbon ecosystems;
  • Familiarize with the mechanisms and procedures of blue carbon project development, with particular attention to policy, regulatory framework and methodologies;
  • Explore the investment and business opportunities leading to the blue carbon credit trading mechanism in Indonesia; taking into account the national commitments and agenda.

This event will be held bilingually in Indonesian and English with simultaneous translation.

For in-person attendance (by RSVP), please contact Phidju Sagala, p.sagala@cifor-icraf.org.

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Sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6)

As the world’s top decision-making body on the environment, UNEA aims to help restore harmony between humanity and nature, improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.

UNEA-6 will focus on how multilateralism can help tackle the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. Backed by strong science, political resolve and engagement with society, the Assembly will be an opportunity for world governments, civil society groups, the scientific community and the private sector to shape the global environmental policy.

As the planet’s only universal membership forum for the environment, UNEA provides a unique platform for courageous decisions and new ideas to chart a bold plan of collective environmental action. In so doing, UNEA-6 will support the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

UNEA-6 will be preceded by a meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives, which will help lay the groundwork for the Assembly.

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European Conference of Tropical Ecology

This conference, set against the backdrop of Lisbon’s rich architectural, historical, and cultural heritage promises to be a gathering of researchers and enthusiasts from around the world. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn, exchange experiences and ideas, establish partnerships, and contribute to the advancement of tropical ecological science, ultimately fostering a sustainable future for the incredible ecosystems of tropical regions.

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TRANSITIONS for our Future

The Agroecological TRANSITIONS programme asks the question of how to scale up agroecology through improved metrics, digital tools and public and private incentives and investment. Our program takes a very broad approach to transforming food systems, with a plurality of outcome-based methods. By considering both strengths and trade-offs of different viable options in particular contexts, TRANSITIONS aims to take the best of all of them to scale up innovations, principles and approaches that break existing barriers and lock-ins.

Implementing partners will present the most important highlights of the program to date, all the while creating a space for discussion with key partners working on transforming food systems on the ground. A panel will openly discuss perspectives for the future with the objective of agreeing on a set of recommendations for action for the TRANSITIONS program.

Ample time will be given for a thorough Q&A and interaction with the audience.

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The GLF Journey at 10: The transformation of a conference into a global movement and vehicle for world-wide political action

On November 16 and 17, 2013, a handful of organizations hosted a small conference at the University of Warsaw alongside COP 19 to revisit a 200-year-old geographical concept called the Landscape Approach. Ten years later, the Global Landscape Forum, with the support of the Government of Germany Ministry of Development (BMZ) and of Environment (BMUV), has become a global movement that reaches tens of millions of people each year and a platform for change and political action. Andrew Steer, the Chief Executive of the Bezos Foundation, called it “A decision-forcing forum”. Otto Scharmer, MIT professor and the founder of the Theory of U, said, “… GLF is exactly what is needed now. Let’s keep walking together.”

How did it happen? What makes GLF different? Why is it continuing to grow so fast? Why did 800,000 people from 120 countries engage in a three-hour forum just two months ago? What are the lessons, and where does it go from here? Can it change the world?

Join the Director of GLF and Senior Director of CIFOR-ICRAF John Colmey as he takes us on a journey of the GLF. Along the way, John will share insights on the evolution of the Landscape Approach, sustainable finance, global communication trends, the latest theories of change, and where GLF hopes to be in 2030.
https://www.youtube.com/_s-B9WY6xuM&ab_channel=GlobalLandscapesForum-GLF

The seminar will be livestreamed from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), an international institute conducting interdisciplinary research on development-related issues all over the world. ZEF is part of the University of Bonn.

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John Colmey has spent more than 30 years in Africa, South, East and Southeast Asia: including 10 years as the Director of Communications of CIFOR, where his team increased citations of publications more than ten times, media citations from 75 to 3000 per year, and grew all social media platforms by double and triple digits from 2009-2019. In 2013, John and his colleagues developed and launched the Global Landscapes Forum, today the world’s largest forum on integrated land use, reaching more than two billion people in 175 countries.

In addition to his work at CIFOR/GLF John spent 12 years as a foreign correspondent in radio, broadcast and print, including five years with TIME Magazine where he served as Hong Kong Bureau Chief. As a journalist, he won numerous international and national awards. John has a B.S. in forestry and an M.Ag in technical communication, both from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in economic geography from the London School of Economics, and an MS. in journalism from Columbia University in New York.

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Accelerating Nature-based Solutions Conference

The Global EverGreening Alliance together with the Government of Zambia, AUDA-NEPAD, AFR100 and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration are proud to co-host the world’s largest land restoration programming conference.

Bringing together global thought leaders, change makers and action takers to address key challenges and lay the plans for accelerating the scaling of Nature-based Solutions.

Join progressive governments, investors, NGOs, technical and scientific experts, community representatives and a host of other key stakeholders at this participatory event, and be part of the solution!

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Strengthening Sustainable Palm Oil For Community Welfare And Climate Crisis Mitigation

Through research entitled Scaling Jurisdictional Approaches in the Indonesian Palm Oil Sector, CIFOR-ICRAF and partners aim to increase the readiness of four palm oil producing regions to implement jurisdictional programmes (JPs) through a participatory, multistakeholder and gender-inclusive approach, and synthesize lessons learned from regency-level studies to strengthen sustainable palm oil initiatives at the national level.

Research activities began by implementing co-design workshops in four regencies: Sintang, Pelalawan, Pulang Pisau and Kutai Kartanegara. At the national level, CIFOR-ICRAF and partners organized the first and second National Workshops and Global Landscape Forum Dialogues in Bogor on 12 October and 23 November 2023, respectively. The aims of the first workshop were to disseminate the results of CIFOR-ICRAF and partners’ regency-level studies, and identify important issues, solutions and actors for jurisdictional approach initiatives for the Indonesian palm oil sector. The second workshop produced a draft national-level Theory of Change (ToC) and the SIPOS (Simulation of Indonesian Palm Oil Sustainability) model. Other output included supply chain analyses of the four regencies where research was carried out to be used as input for processes at the national level.

This workshop will be a forum for national actors to disseminate and discuss relevant issues, and produce recommendations that can contribute to strengthening relationships between JPs and international market demand, advertising-based certification initiatives and national and regional policies.

Objectives

  1. Disseminate CIFOR-ICRAF and partners’ progress and research results on jurisdictional approaches to sustainable palm oil in Indonesia;
  2. Disseminate and share experiences, progress and lessons learned from jurisdictional approach initiatives in Indonesia, especially at the national level;
  3. Disseminate and secure input for a draft TTM – Theory of Change, Theory of Action and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework – which includes issues, solutions, actors, actions, and monitoring indicators needed to strengthen and contribute to sustainable palm oil initiatives at the national level.

In-person participation is by invitation only, for online participation, please register here.

Contact person: Salwa Nadhira, s.nadhira@cifor-icraf.org

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17th International Peatland Congress

The 17th International Peat Congress (IPC 2024) will be held in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, China from August 4th to 9th, 2024.The Congress is hosted by the International Peatland Society and organized by Northeast Normal University, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Taizhou University , China Humic Acid Industry Association and Taizhou Peat Research and Development Center.
The proposed theme of the Congress is “Peatlands in a Changing World”. The Congress aims to provide a platform for peatland scientists, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to stimulate the exchanges of knowledge, best practices and new ideas about multiple functions and biodiversity conservation of peatlands from a global perspective, advocate responsible use of peat and peatland resources, and recognize the values of peatlands in economic, environmental and social aspects from a sustainable perspective in a changing world.

We have an exciting and diverse program planned for the Congress, featuring a range of keynote speakers, symposia, workshops and oral and poster presentations that highlight collaboration between different peatland sectors and disciplines. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate and discuss various topics, including but not limited to:

  • Ecological functions, conversation, and management of peatlands
  • Peatlands and human life
  • Technical innovation in peat industry
  • Tropical peatlands and more!
In addition to a variety of exiting sessions, we have also planned various networking events throughout the week. We warmly welcome all the participants to China!
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