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This high-level joint UN-REDD Programme and World Bank Group side event will feature a town-hall style dialogue to highlight how REDD+ and other forest focused land-use initiatives have been instrumental in triggering change at country level. The objective of the event is to explore different potential finance streams for countries, spanning from bilateral (REM) and multilateral support (through the BioCarbon Fund, GEF and GCF) to the private sector.


The side event will include the following elements:

● Present different tracts and experiences of countries in different stages to enable them to learn from each other and accelerate or leapfrog toward implementation and results based payments.

● Discuss how the momentum created by the changing global political landscape can be leveraged to scale up funding for forests, including opportunities for countries to access climate finance.

● Allow countries on different stages of REDD+ and from different world regions to learn from each other.

● Highlight the crucial relevance of tropical forest for climate change mitigation and in countries' Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

● Showcase how initiatives and partnerships in land-use sectors, especially REDD+ implementation, can be catalytic in strengthening efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


The side event will take place on November 13, from 16:45 to 18:15 at Room 10 (Bonn Zone).




4:45 – 4:50

Welcome: Ms Ellysar Baroudy, Coordinator, FCPF/BioCF, World Bankand Mr Mario Boccucci, Head, UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

Setting the scene

4:50 - 4:58

Ms Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO (TBC)

“Triggering transformational change in the forestry and land use sectors: removing barriers for investments to implement NDCs and REDD+”

4:58 – 5:06

Ms Karin Kemper, Senior Director of Environment and Natural Resources, The World Bank

5:06 – 5:11
Mr Howard Bamsey, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund

Interactive panel and Q&A

5:11 – 6:10

Moderation:Ms Ellysar Baroudy and Mr Mario Boccucci


  •        H.E. Ms Anne Désirée Ouloto, Environment Minister Cote d’Ivoire
  •        H.E. Mr Tarsicio Granizo, Environment Minister, Ecuador
  •        H.E. Mr Edgar Gutierrez, Environment Minister, Costa Rica
  •        Ms Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, Director of the Viet Nam REDD+ Office
  •        Ms Grace Balawag, Deputy Program Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples International Centre for Policy Research and Education (Tebtebba)

6:07 – 6:15

Closing statement

Mr Per Pharo, Director NICFI




French and Spanish interpretation will be provided.


For more information, please contact Florian Eisele, UN-REDD Communications Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


More information on REDD+ events at COP23 here.


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