This two-day gathering of Southeast Asian Ministers in a bilateral and multilateral exchange with their counterparts, business executives and development experts from Europe, North America, and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific will seek to find new green-growth pathways.
Informed by the latest research and experiences from around the region and the world, Forests Asia will provide a platform for Ministers to share knowledge on how to move forward toward the development of sustainable landscapes for Southeast Asia’s green economy.
The Summit will position forests and landscapes at the core of ongoing policy processes in the region related to green growth, poverty eradication, sustainable land use, climate change mitigation and adaptation, food security and nutrition. It will touch upon existing initiatives at the national and regional levels, including those within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The Summit will focus on the following themes :
- Governance and legal frameworks to promote sustainable landscapes: Includes sustainable practices in commodity production and trade – palm oil, timber, pulp and paper, rubber, coal; certification and verification for sustainable supply chains; land tenure; community-based forest management; fire and haze in Southeast Asia; working with multi-level governance structures.
- Investing in landscapes for green returns : Includes role of private sector and opportunities for financing sustainable business models across scales and sectors; impact of shifting investments as countries change in trade competitiveness; REDD+ financing, carbon markets.
- Climate change and green economy on the ground: Includes REDD+ policy development and implementation; improved MRV/greenhouse gas emissions accounting; Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES); adaptation to climate variability and disaster risk reduction; biodiversity conservation.
- Linking food, forests and landscapes: Includes sustainable food production and improved nutrition and health; safe and reliable water; watershed management; water scarcity.
- Changing communities, sustainable landscapes and equitable development: Includes improved livelihoods for smallholders, migration, urbanization and multi-locality.
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