Landmark REDD+ Talks: Colombia Event Inspires Crowd in Cartagena

11 April 2014

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA / SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ - On April 9th, 2014, Code REDD and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) presented an historic, first ever event - REDD+ Talks: Colombia in Cartagena. The packed event brought together leaders from the private, public, and civil society sectors to advance the role of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) in sustainable business and development.

The event provided a platform for Latin American and global REDD+ stakeholders – including project practitioners, indigenous peoples, business leaders, multilateral institutions, and policy makers – to explore the contributions the private sector can make to REDD+ through finance, sustainable operations, project investment, and public-private partnership.

“What we need is a new model of development for countries with tropical forests. [REDD+] is that new vision,” stated Maria Claudia García, National Director of Forestry, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development in Colombia.

Speakers included high-level representatives from USAID, the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, Rainforest Alliance, Fundacion Natura, Global Green Growth Institute, and more. Attendees included representatives from Latin American governments, multilateral institutions, donor countries, forest communities, major corporations, financial institutions, NGOs, and project development companies.

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