Actions and Detail Panel
Forests for climate and development: why now?
Mon 24 April 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 BST
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is delighted to invite you to join us - and participate in - an evening of informed but informal discussion, to stimulate further thought, consensus and joint action to conserve forests.
During this private event, Frances Seymour, Senior Fellow at the Center For Global Development, will outline some key themes from Why Forests? Why Now?, including what rich countries and consumers can do in terms of REDD+ finance and market signals for forest risk commodities. These themes will be addressed by a panel of leading forest, climate and development experts, before opening up for discussion from the floor. Drinks and canapes will be served during the event.
The full line-up of speakers and panelists has now been confirmed for this exciting event. Please RSVP as soon as possible to ensure attendance.
Chair: Andy Roby, Policy Advisor, Department for International Trade
Opening remarks: Sir David King, FRS HonFEI, Partner at SystemiQ
Discussant: Frances Seymour, Senior Fellow, Tropical Forests for Climate and Development Initiative, Center for Global Development
- Abigail Herron, Head of Responsible Investment Engagement, Aviva Investors
- Melissa Pinfield, Head of Forests and Land Use at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Sir Graham Wynne, UK Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee, Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit, Trustee of Green Alliance, Chair of the Harapan Rainforest Foundation
Recent research demonstrates the critical role of forests (and in particular intact, primary forests) in addressing both climate and development imperatives, by mitigating greenhouse gas emissions alongside providing a host of wider economic, social and environmental services. In their new book, ‘Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change,’ Frances Seymour and Jonah Busch argue that a number of factors are converging that could overcome previous barriers to international cooperation to conserve tropical forests.
These factors include technological developments in the form of new satellite-based data on forest cover change, the incorporation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) into the global climate framework and a cascade of commitments by corporations to remove deforestation from commodity supply chains. There also are new opportunities to promote climate, development and biodiversity conservation objectives through reforestation and forest restoration under initiatives such as the Bonn Challenge, though these should not be a distraction from the urgent imperative of keeping the forests we have standing.