The 1st GLOBE Forest Legislation Study of forest and REDD+ legislation in four countries was launched at the 2nd GLOBE International Forest Forum held on November 18 during COP19 in Warsaw. The event was co-organised with the UN-REDD Programme.
The study, produced in partnership with GEF, Norad and UNEP reviews existing REDD+ legislation and recommends areas for legal reform in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia and Mexico. The study's key finding is that engaging parliaments is an absolute necessity in order for REDD+ to be successfully implemented on a national level, and for international REDD and climate negotiations to advance.
The summit, co-chaired by GLOBE International Chairman Graham Stuart MP and Mexican Deputy Rocio Abreu, brought together over 50 legislators and forest policy experts from Brazil, DRC, Indonesia and Mexico, countries which took part in the first phase of the Initiative (2011-2013), and also legislators from Peru and Colombia and legislators from Namibia, Philippines, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The results of the Study were presented by Barry Gardiner MP, UK Shadow Environment Minister, and Darragh Conway on behalf of Climate Focus. Country chapters were introduced by legislators including Senator Jesus Casillas from the Mexican Congress, Senator Joao Capiberibe from the Brazilian Congress and Deputy Tshimanga Buana from the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A high-level panel responded to the study presentation, with speakers including Mr Ian Gray, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Per Fredrik Pharo, Director of Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative, Ing Jorge Rescala, Director General of CONAFOR (Mexico), Heru Prasetyo, Deputy Head of UKP4 (Indonesia) and Mr Vincent Kasulu, Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism, DRC.
Following the high-level opening session and study launch, the second part of the conference was dedicated to a workshop, for legislators and experts, which aimed at discussing the recommendations of the study and exchange experiences of advancing national legislation in support of REDD+.
The workshop included a series of technical panels. Panelists included Tim Christophersen from UNEP, Juan Carlos Carrillo Fuentes, Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA), Maria Brockhaus, CIFOR, and Deputy Joseph Ipalaka, DRC.
The GLOBE Forest Legislation Study and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative events at COP are produced in partnership with and with the generous support of: