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International Seminar For Incentivizing REDD+ Actions
-Bridging Public-Private Investment-

Introduction of Speakers
Seminar Flyer
Seminar Information
Resistration Form (Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017)
2-2-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
English/Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation)
Participation Fee
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Japan Public-Private Platform for REDD+
Supported by
Forestry Agency
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of the Environment
Japanese Forest Society
Japan Society of Tropical Ecology
Japan Society of Forest Planning


Historical background
"Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) contribute to mitigating climate change. Discussions about REDD+ under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which began at COP11 in 2005 and COP19 in 2013, led to adoption of the "Warsaw framework for REDD+" which includes rules of monitoring, safeguards and financial mechanisms for REDD+. The COP21 in 2015 adopted the Paris Agreement, the international framework for climate change actions in the period after 2020. The agreement aims to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. The agreement also specified to achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century and recognized the importance of the conservation and enhancement of sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases as well as REDD+.

Multiple benefits and institutions for REDD+
REDD+ has received growing expectations to bring multiple benefits, not only the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions but also the alleviation of poverty in local communities and the conservation of forest ecosystem and biodiversity.
To promote REDD+ activities in developing countries, the design of effective international and national governance, including financial mechanisms, is necessary. While a variety of stakeholders such as international organizations, aid agencies, governments of developing countries, NGOs and local communities, engage in REDD+, private sector investments play an important role in implementing REDD+.

The objective of this seminar is to explore 1) the effective governance and financial mechanisms for REDD+ implementation, and 2) challenges for enhancing participation of the private-sector in REDD+.

Key Questions
  • What are the prerequisites for effective international and national governance for REDD+? How can we maximize the benefits of REDD+ including emissions reduction, biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation?
  • What are the prerequisites for effective financial mechanisms for REDD+? How can we mobilize financial resources for REDD+ from both public and private finance?
  • How can we engage the private sector (e.g., aid agencies, developing country governments, and local communities) in implementing REDD+?
  • What kind of research is required to promote REDD+ implementation? How can social scientists and natural scientists contribute to promoting REDD+?

The seminar consists of two parts; Part 1 discusses the effective governance and financial mechanisms required for the promotion of REDD+. Part 2 discusses the issues related to the participation of the private sector in REDD+.


Feb. 2, 2017
Time Speaker Affiliation Agenda/Presentation
10:00 - 10:30
Dr. Haruo Sawada President, FFPRI Opening Remarks
Mr. Shuji Oki Deputy Director General, Forestry Agency Guest Speech
Dr. Yasumasa Hirata Director, REDD Research and Development Center Introduction
10:30 - 11:00 Special speech: Corporate social responsibility activities as measures for climate change on private company
Speaker: Mr. Koichi Yanagita (Kao Corporation)
11:00 - 12:00 Keynote speech: Past and Present of REDD+
Moderator: Dr. Iwao Noda (FFPRI)
Speaker: Professor Yukari Takamura (Nagoya University)
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break
Session 1: Effective Governance and Financial Mechanisms for REDD+
Moderator: Dr. Kanako Morita (FFPRI)
13:00 - 14:30
Dr. Heike Schroeder Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia International Governance for Promoting REDD+
Dr. Constance McDermott Senior Fellow, University of Oxford Financial and Market Mechanisms for REDD+
Dr. Robert Nasi Deputy Director General-Research, Center for International Forestry Research Landscape Approach and Finance
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break and Poster Session
Session 2: Challenges and Opportunities of Private-Sector Participation in REDD+
Moderator: Dr. Makoto Ehara (FFPRI)
15:00 - 16:30
Dr.Kimihiko Hyakumura Associate Professor,Kyushu University Needs of Local Communities in Implementing REDD+
Dr.Antonio G. M. La Viña Executive Director, Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila University Tripartite approach to REDD-plus implementation: the case of government, private sector and community collaboration in the Philippines
Mr.Shinkichi Mizutani Executive Director,more Trees Private sector participation in REDD+: Case of Private Companies
16:30 - 17:20 Panel Discussion: Future REDD+ Mechanisms 
Moderator: Dr. Yasumasa Hirata (FFPRI)
- Prof. Yukari Takamura (Nagoya University)
- Dr. Heike Schroeder (University of East Anglia)
- Dr. Constance McDermott (University of Oxford)
- Dr. Robert Nasi (CIFOR)
- Dr. Kimihiko Hyakumura(Kyushu University)
- Dr. Antonio G. M. La Viña (Ateneo de Manila University)
- Mr.Shinkichi Mizutani (more Trees)
- Mr. Kosaku Onaka (Forestry Agency)  
17:20 - 17:30 Closing Session
Dr. Iwao Noda (FFPRI)
18:30 - Reception (Restaurant FINN McCOOL'S)