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Conference: REDD+: Technical, Socio-Economic, and Political Dimensions


This version of the annual ELTI-PRORENA conference explored the technical, socioeconomic, and political dimensions of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ‘Plus’). If designed and implemented correctly, REDD+ has the potential to generate a valuable stream of funding for initiatives that will conserve and restore important tracts of tropical forests. Alternatively, if the mechanism fails to adequately address potential pitfalls, REDD+ could compromise local livelihoods, affect traditional uses of forests, and enhance or catalyze corruption, among other problems.

Panama has been actively engaged in international negotiations and debates regarding REDD+ and government officials, indigenous communities, NGOs, and organizations of farmers, cattle ranchers, loggers and other agents of land transformation have begun to participate in REDD+ discussions and/or trainings. Considering that REDD+ activities will likely be adopted by the UNFCCC in 2011 at COP-17 in South Africa, the time is ideal to host a national-level conference that addresses some of the key issues surrounding REDD+ in Panama and many other countries actively engaged in REDD+ preparations in the neotropics.

The Conference was free and open to the public.



Welcome remarks: Dr. Eldredge Bermingham / Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) 

Opening Remarks: Licda. Lucia Chandeck / National Environmental Authority of Panama (ANAM) 

Conference background and objectives: Javier Mateo-Vega / Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI)

PANEL 1. REDD+: the Global Scheme and Panama

Emergence and evolution of REDD: from “Avoided Deforestation” to REDD+
Catherine Potvin / McGill University & Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

REDD+ in Panama
Félix Magallón / National Environmental Authority of Panama (ANAM)

PANEL 2. Technical Dimensions of REDD+

Climate change and forest carbon
Helene Muller-Landau / Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Understanding the changes in forest carbon stocks in the tropics
Joseph Mascaro / Carnegie Institution for Science & Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

REDD+ technical requirements
Lucio Pedroni / Carbon Decisions Internacional

PANEL 3. Forest Governance and REDD+

Forest governance and REDD+: a global perspective
Benjamin Cashore / Yale University

Forest governance and REDD+ in Latin America & the Caribbean
Bastiaan Louman / Tropical Agronomic Center for Research and Teaching

Land & carbon tenure in Panama
Alexis Alvarado / Dobbo Yala Foundation

Closing remarks
Cecilia Del Cid-Liccardi / Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI)


Welcome and summary of the conference’s 1st day: Jefferson Hall / Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) 

PANEL 4. Socioeconomic Dimensions of REDD+

REDD+ and forest-dwelling communities: a global perspective
Marina Campos / Rainforest Foundation

Indigenous perspectives on climate change and REDD+
Estebancio Castro / International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of Tropical Forests

Indigenous peoples of Panama and REDD+
Inocencio Martínez and Heraclio Herrera / National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples of Panama (COONAPIP) 

Net costs associated with REDD+
Rhett Butler /

PANEL 5. REDD+: Beyond Avoided Deforestation

Biodiversity co-benefits & potential risks of REDD+
Percy Summers / Conservation International

Agroforestry as an effective tool for REDD+
Florencia Montagnini / Yale University 

PANEL 6. REDD+ in Action

REDD+ Readiness
Gabriel Labbate and Gisele Didier / United Nations Environment Programme

REDD+ experiences from the field
Mariana Pavan / Institute for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas (IDESAM)

REDD+ project certification standards
Lucio Pedroni / Carbon Decisions International

Monetizing carbon for voluntary markets
Tiffany Potter / EcoAnalytics

LOOKING AHEAD: REDD+ challenges and opportunities – international & regional perspectives
Catherine Potvin / McGill University & Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Closing Remarks
Javier Mateo-Vega / Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI)