Keeping 1.5°C alive through growing the climate-smart forestry based bio-economy

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Hosted by: Brazilian Tree Industry (iba) & the Australian Forest Products Association 

Summary: Half of the dry weight of timber is carbon and therefore forest products in all shapes and forms are the best friends climate mitigation has. To keep 1.5°C alive, we need to use more timber in construction, more forest based fibre in packaging to replace plastics, more sustainably sourced cellulose in a vast range of products from bio fuels to clothing to car parts and even pharmaceuticals. Sustainable supply therefore needs to keep pace with demand.

Speakers: At this session countries will describe their growth goals and the range of benefits they are seeing. We will also consider the global need for policy makers to promote more sustainable supply and note it will look different in different contexts. We will discuss the vital balance with biodiversity and community needs. We will ask the question whether nationally determined contributions to this vital goal of enlarging global climate friendly timber and fibre stocks should be on the table.

Date and Time: Monday 14 Nov 2022 – 2:00pm (EET)

Location: International Chamber of Commerce Pavilion and online

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Nataša Sikman

Climate Policy Manager – Australian Forest Products Association

Nataša is skilled in policy development, communication, strategy, and advocacy and is passionate about evidence-based scientific policy development particularly focused on sustainable nature-based solutions and the opportunities in the bio-economy to combat climate change.

Prior to commencing with AFPA she has spent 20 years in federal politics working with a diverse range of Primary Industry stakeholders delivering effective legislative and policy outcomes both in Government and Opposition.

Nataša is a strong advocate for grassroots engagement and wants to provide a voice and opportunity to those who are not familiar with political and bureaucratic systems when seeking to instigate change.

Mokena Makeka

Principal Advisor – Dalberg

Mokena Makeka is a Principal in Dalberg Advisors. He is a South African raised in Maseru, Lesotho and New York, USA. Mokena holds a B.Arch Dist. Hons, ( Magna Cum Laude) University of Cape Town (UCT), and various executive leadership qualifications, from the Harvard Kennedy School, Oxford University and others.

He is currently the Azrieli Visiting Critic of 2020, Carleton University School of architecture and urbanism- Canada, Adjunct Professor Cooper Union- New York, and is a Board member of the South African Green Building Council and is a board member of the Cape Town Central City Improvement district.

He is a Young Global leader at the World Economic Forum 2015 and is a member of the WCS Young leaders in urbanism. (Singapore). He is an Aspen Fellow in leadership 2020. He is at the forefront of thinking on contemporary inclusive African Cities, and is focused on ecological and socio-economic justice.

Professor Lee White CBE

Minister of Water, Forests, the Sea and Environment

Professor Lee White is the Minister of Water, Forests, the Sea and Environment, in charge of Climate Planning and Land-use Planning (Gabon). He is also an honorary Professor at the University of Stirling and was awarded a CBE in 2011 for services to conservation in Central Africa. His career in the West and Central African forest belt spans 35 years. 

He has been Director of the Gabonese National Parks Agency for ten years, driving it’s development as a para-military force working alongside the army and the police to ensure sound governance of natural resources and to stop all forms of ivory trafficking, illegal fisheries, illegal gold mining and forestry as well as other forms of trafficking.

Professor White holds a Ph.D. on forestry’s impact on wildlife and climate change (Zoology) from the University of Edinburgh. As a scientist he has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters and authored and edited more than 15 books on the ecology and conservation of the African rain forest. He has lived in Gabon for more than 30 years and became a Gabonese citizen in 2008.

Agustin Rosello Hinrichs 

President of the International Forestry Students Association

Agustin Rosello Hinrichs is President of the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA). 

IFSA is the biggest network of forestry students and young professionals in the world, with representation in 60+ countries, 130+ universities and 11.000+ members.

Mr. Rosello Hinrichs is a recently graduated Chilean Forest Engineer and has been involved in international spaces for over 2 years. With a specialization in Forest Management, Forest Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration he tries to find the balance between Production, Conservation and Restoration.

Elected IFSA president at the 50th Anniversary of the International Forestry Students Symposium, Mr. Rosello Hinrichs became the first Latin American President of the association. 

With experience in the Ministry of Environment of Chile, IUFRO, FAO and FSC, Agustin brings together the vision not only of students but of youth involved in the international, national and private sector.

Ms Hon Jenny McAllister

Australian Assistant Minister for
Climate Change and Energy

Senator the Hon Jenny McAllister is the Australian Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy. 

Jenny’s professional career spans both senior roles in the public and private sectors, with a strong focus on infrastructure, environment management and climate change. Before joining the Australian Senate she held various senior roles at AECOM, a global infrastructure firm.

Climate change and environmental management remain key areas of interest for Jenny. Jenny is passionate about managing the economy to achieve social justice and social inclusion, and better outcomes for climate and sustainability. 


José Carlos da Fonseca Junior  

Institutional Director of IBA

Ambassador José Carlos da Fonseca Junior, the Institutional Director of IBA (Brazilian Tree Industry), has been a career diplomat for some 37 years. Fonseca has also been a Member of the Federal Parliament, representing his home state of Espírito Santo, where he has also served as State Secretary of Finance.

At the Federal Government, in Brasilia, he has worked at the Foreign Ministry´s Trade Promotion Department and, twice, at the Ministry of Finance. From 2015 until December 2018, Fonseca served as the Chief of Staff for then Governor of Espírito Santo State, Paulo Hartung, who became IBA´s CEO and invited Fonseca to join him in this path of bioeconomy. 

He is member of Steering Committee of The Forests Dialogue (TFD) and Ibá’s representative at the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA), Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industry (ACSFI/FAO) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Ms Kersti Berge

Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government

Kersti is responsible for energy industries, energy consents and low carbon issues, climate change, the water industry, drinking water quality and consumer issues.

Prior to joining the Scottish Government, Kersti was a director at Ofgem where she held a number of senior roles including on network regulation, consumer and competition issues, and energy security. Kersti was also Head of Ofgem in Scotland with responsibility for liaising with key Scottish stakeholders and managing Ofgem’s office in Glasgow. 

Before joining Ofgem, Kersti was a senior economic advisor at HM Treasury where she was responsible for the UK’s medium term growth forecast and worked on European economic issues. Prior to that she was a lecturer in economics at Oxford University.

Regan Pairojmahakij

Senior Program Officer: Landscapes Collaboration in a Changing Climate, RECOFTC

The Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC), an international organisation that works to enhance capacities for stronger rights, improved governance and fairer benefits for local people

Regan is Senior Program Officer at RECOFTC for Landscapes Collaboration in a Changing Climate. Her work focuses on developing a portfolio of landscape programs in RECOFTC’s seven focal countries which employ a forest landscape approach to achieve social and ecological outcomes at scale.

Climate mitigation and resilience are the threads pulling together this landscape level work. These focus on opportunities for market based solutions such as through carbon projects, bankable Nature based Solutions, a community forest based approach to climate change adaptation and the piloting of key indicators and landscape level monitoring approaches. 

Previously Regan has worked with WWF Greater Mekong program championing conservation in the Dawna Tenasserim transboundary landscape, with RECOFTC in various different roles including as lead of a civil society network on REDD+ and with FAO as long-term consultant on regional forest policy.

Current interests include: landscape and habitat connectivity, forest landscape restoration, biodiversity conservation, market based approaches yielding ecological benefits and strengthening climate resilience.

Michael Barbara

Director Business Development, New Forests

Michael has worked in the forestry investment management sector for over 17 years, primarily across roles in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. 

Michael is committed to being part of the positive evolution of the global forestry asset class, which in a world where sustainability has become paramount, provides attractive risk adjusted returns through the production of sustainable forest products and ecosystem services.

In his current role as Director, Business Development at New Forests, Michael identifies investment strategies that generate excellent returns to clients but also enrich the landscapes and communities where they operate by addressing environmental and social challenges.

Ranjila Singh

Climate Change Mitigation Specialist, Climate Change and International Cooperation Division at Ministry of Economy, Fiji

Ranjila Singh is a Climate Change Mitigation Specialist at Climate Change and International Cooperation Division at Ministry of Economy, Fiji. 

Ranjila is providing technical, policy and programming implementation support and oversight pertaining to climate change mitigation component of the National Climate Change Policy, the Climate Change Act, Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and Fiji’s commitment to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Tiina Vähänen

Deputy Director – Forestry Division of the Natural Resources and Sustainable Production stream

Tiina Vähänen is the Deputy Director of the Forestry Division of the Natural Resources and Sustainable Production stream. In her previous role, she has led FAO work on REDD+ and national forest monitoring.

She has worked on international forest and natural resources policy issues at FAO since 2001 and led the organization of the 14th World Forestry Congress in 2015. 

She has coordinated FAO’s contributions to the global climate change debates, notably UNFCCC, and managed FAO forestry contributions to other international agreements and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. Ms Vähänen has M.Sc. of Forestry and Agriculture.

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