23 September 2013
Leaders from the private, public and civil society sectors convened at REDD+ Talks: NYC to discuss their experiences of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and the role of the private sector in advancing this critical mechanism to tackle deforestation and climate change.
Held at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo, the event provided a platform for high-level REDD+ practitioners and leaders of the business and policy worlds, indigenous peoples, and forest communities, to exchange experiences and explore the contributions the private sector can make to REDD+ through finance, sustainable operations, project investment, and sharing expertise.
Hundreds of invited guests gathered to hear high-level speakers including Edward Norton, Oscar-nominated actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity; Heikki Holmas, Minister for International Development, Norway; Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme; and TJ DiCaprio, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft. The programme was followed by a reception in the zoo's spectacular Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit.
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