Last week TMI participated in a panel discussion at the D.C Bar Conference Center on the status of REDD in climate change negotiations and national policy. The event covered a range of related subtopics, some of which we will be discussing in a series of upcoming blog posts. In the meantime though, we wanted to share a few notes and highlights from the discussion.
The event panelists included:
- David Antonioli, CEO, Verified Carbon Standard
- Richard Blaustein, Esquire, (Moderator)
- Joanna Durbin, Director, Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA)
- Charles DiLeva, Chief Counsel, Environmental and International Law Unit, The World Bank
- Kate Hamilton, Managing Director, Ecosystem Marketplace
- Andrew Taber, Executive Director, The Mountain Institute
The small group of about 25 guests lent itself to an in-depth conversation about the urgency for enhancing forest carbon markets and sustainably managing rain forests, while considering the social, political, and economic dimensions of these efforts. Panelists summarized the history and status of international climate change negotiations, and also progress by the two main bodies certifying REDD projects (Verified Carbon Standard and The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance). As one of the six panelists, Andrew summarized The Mountain Institute’s REDD project in Nepal and provided a first person viewpoint on how forest carbon issues are being addressed in other forest areas around the world. In addition, TMI’s on-the-ground REDD work in Nepal became a springboard from which the panelists could explore the complex issues involved in developing safeguards for stakeholders and monitoring methodologies. TMI’s report provided a good grounding for the more upper level policy oriented presentations of the other participants. During the discussions it became clear that our approach is really pathbreaking in a number of ways; for instance in benefit sharing amongst government and communities, and also in its strong focus on community integration in the whole process.
More information about the brown bag event and panelists can be found here: http://www.dcbar.org/
-Rosie Thompson Stone