Ecosystem Marketplace Guide To Doha Side Events

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26 November 2012 | Doha | Qatar | The 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins Monday in Doha, Qatar. Here is a look at some of the side events we will be participating in and covering.


FIRST UP: ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE EVENTS

IETA side events at COP 18, Nov. 29th: 
Ecosystem Marketplace will participate in the panel Climate Leadership and Future Trends for Voluntary Carbon Markets, where Carbon Programs manager Molly Peters-Stanley will moderate the session, joined by panelists from the Gold Standard, American Carbon Registry, The CarbonNeutral Company and ClimateCare. The event is one of many taking place during the International Emissions Trading Association’s side event program. It will take place at Doha’s Diplomatic Club from 10:45am-12pm, when panelists will evaluate the progress voluntary markets have undergone in the last twelve months and discuss future global trends for voluntary offsetting demand. 
   
Forest Day 6, Sunday, Dec. 2nd: 
Ecosystem Marketplace and parent organization Forest Trends will table at Forest Day where the team will be on hand to discuss our new REDD+ Finance Tracking Initiative, the latest State of the Forest Carbon Markets report and other Forest Trends initiatives. Stop by, say “hi” and give us your feedback on our soon-to-launch REDD+ finance portal!
 
IETA side events at COP 18, Dec. 4th: 
Ecosystem Marketplace along with co-organizers the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Climate Markets and Investors Association (CMIA) will host the 3rd International Voluntary and Compliance Carbon Markets Assembly at 9:00-10:30AM at Doha’s Diplomatic Club. We will present preliminary findings from our 2nd survey of emerging domestic carbon programs, and hear reactions from country representatives from Thailand, Japan, Peru, Australia and others. Read more here and RSVP here
 
Following this event, Ecosystem Marketplace’s Molly Peters-Stanley will also moderate a session, How to stimulate and scale up private sector demand for forest carbon credits in an increasing carbon market patchwork?, hosted by the Forest Carbon Group from 1:30-2:45PM.


AND ON TO OTHER EVENTS:
What does Doha and the Durban Platform need to do about REDD & LULUCF
November 27/ 3:00-4:30PM/ Qatar National Convention Centre Side Events Room 6
Global Witness Limited, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) and Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)
To start off, we’ll begin at an official UNFCCC side event. This quality group of organizations will bring together experts to discuss how forest protection can move forward under a new climate agreement, including what’s still left do to for REDD. 

Mobilizing Private-Sector Finance for REDD+: Innovative Partnerships for Scaling up Investment
November 29/ 3:00-4:30PM/ Qatar National Convention Centre Side Events Room 6
Conservation International (CI), Verified Carbon Standard Association (VCSA)
This event will present examples of how the private sector is working with governments and civil society, using best-practices, including jurisdictional VCS, to invest in and scale up REDD+ for regional, national and global impact. 
 
What does it take to achieve pro-poor REDD+?
November 29/ 4:00-5:30PM/ Gokulam Park Hotel, Al Aaliya St
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
In this session, IIED will focus on the challenges surrounding the equitable distribution of costs and benefits and how REDD+ governance will improve the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities. If you’re a national-level REDD+ negotiator or NGO representative with a pilot REDD+ project, this one might be of particular interest to you!
 
The Private Sector and How it Interacts in REDD+
November 29/ 9:00-10:15AM/ Diplomatic Club, Roshana Hall 2
International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins
This even will present the findings of IISD and ASB’s 3-year REDD+ capacity-building initiative using the REDD+ supply chain as an analytical framework. It will draw together government and private sector stakeholders to provide commentary on what is needed to further scale-up private sector investment in REDD+.
 
The Business Partnership for Market Readiness (B-PMR): An Open Q&A between IETA and the World Bank PMR Secretariat 
November 29/ 10:45-12:00PM/ Diplomatic Club, Roshana Hall 1
International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
This open discussion with IETA’s President and CEO Dirk Forrister and officials from the World Bank will discuss the B-PMR and how IETA members can engage. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about activities in the 16 PMR implementing countries from the World Bank’s PMR Secretariat. 
 
IETA Side Events at COP18 
November 29 & December 4/ 9:00AM-6:00PM/ Diplomatic Club
International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
 
IETA and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Evening Reception: Taking Stock on New Market Mechanisms 
November 29/ 6:30-8:30PM/ Science and Technology Park
International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
 
World Climate Summit 2012
December 2/ 8:00AM-7:00PM/ Ritz-Carlton Doha 
World Climate Limited
The WCS promises to be one of the most prominent annual events, bringing in leaders from government, finance and business to speed up solutions to climate change. 
 
Forest Day 6
December 2/ 8:00AM-9:00PM/ Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel
CIFOR
This event has been a favorite among forest carbon followers each year! This year’s theme “Living Landscapes” aims at recognizing the links between forestry and agriculture. The event will inform participants on possible steps forward on REDD+, social and environmental benefits, long-term financing and many other topics of interest. 
 
Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5
December 3/ 8:00AM-5:30PM/ Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel
CGIAR, CTA, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANPRAN), World Bank
Part two of the “Living Landscapes” banner hopes to provide an opportunity for the natural resource and ag community to exchange solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation. 
 
Land-use Drivers Presentation at UCS Workshop: Achieving development and addressing the drivers of land use change
December 3/ 8:15PM-9:45PM/ Side Event Room 4, Qatar National Convention Centre
Union of Concerned Scientist
Rainforest Alliance will contribute their experiences with the forest certification process and thoughts on connections with REDD+ as the workshop explores land-use change drivers.
 
How to stimulate and scale-up private sector demand for forest carbon credits in an increasing carbon market patchwork?
December 4/ 1:30-2:45PM/ Diplomatic Club, Roshana Hall 2
IETA, Ecosystem Restoration Associates (ERA), Forest Carbon Group (FCG)
This session will outline the landscape of forest based projects and how it is expected to grow in the future. Discussions will focus on what the current situation suggests for the future of REDD+, the potential impact of private sector initiatives, and the role public institutions can play in raising private sector interest.  
 
We hope you will find our selected events will be to your liking! The Ecosystem Marketplace team wishes all those Doha-bound the best of luck navigating those panels, workshops, negations, etc. We’ll see you there!