NDCs and Forests - Taking Stock and Moving Ahead

4 October 2019

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NDCs and Forests - Taking Stock and Moving Ahead

2019 is a critical year for climate ambition and revisions of National Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Coordination SUD and Fern has hosted a multi-stakeholder dialogue on NDCs and Forests: Taking Stock and Moving Ahead, on 1 October 2019 in Paris on 1 October 2019The event brought together government officials, policy makers, forest and climate experts, and civil society representatives from Europe and the global South to share insights and policy solutions to strengthen climate action and collaboration for healthier forests and sustainable local livelihoods.

The multi-stakeholder roundtable on NDCs' aim was to:

  • Discuss the outcomes of the New York Climate Summit and what is next for the NDCs;
  • Consider the need and avenues for raising ambition in the preparation of future NDCs and implementation of ambitious climate action in tropical forested countries;
  • Exchange experiences, lessons learned and recommendations  to address challenges relating to NDC preparation, implementation, and finance in West and Central African and South East Asia; and
  • Recommend ways in which NDC governance at the national, regional and global level can be strengthened.

The event provided an opportunity for North-South dialogue on forest governance and climate action. It formulated concrete recommendations on stepping up climate ambition in vulnerable forested countries, and improving NDC governance at national, regional, and global level including increased community and civil society participation in NDC implementation.

The panel of speakers was composed by representatives from the French Minister for the Ecological and Fair Transition, Agence Française de Développement, the European Commission and NGO experts and researchers from Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Event speakers group photo


Philippe Jahshan, President, Coordination SUD 
Alexandra Benjamin, Forests and Development Campaigner, Fern
Dr Aurelian Mbzibain, Programme Manager, Citizen Voices for Change, Centre for International Development and Training 

Chantal Marijnissen, Head of Unit, Environment, Natural Resources and Water, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Ministry for an Ecological and Fair Transition  

Facilitation: Jean-Baptiste Poncelet, Coordination SUD

Roundtable objectives and expectations:
Marie-Ange Kalenga, Fern 

Outcomes of the New York Climate Summit:
Lola Vallejo, Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales
Rachel Simon, Climate Action Network 
Sara Lickel, Secours Catholique-Caritas France

Facilitation: Camille André, Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités (Geres)

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) NDC initiative:
Nicolas Chenet, Expertise France

Forest governance and NDCs in the Republic of Congo:
Christian Mounzéo, Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme 

How civil society is influencing NDC implementation:
Hợp Vũ Thị Bích, Centre for Sustainable Rural Development, Vietnam (SRD) 

Facilitation: Estelle Fach, Central African Forest initiative (CAFI) Secretariat

Mobilising and sustaining financial support:
Christophe Buffet, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) 

Strengthening climate finance integrity:
Brice Boehmer, Transparency International 

Facilitation: Adeline Favrel, France Nature Environnement

Harnessing existing policies – what can NDCs learn from Voluntary Partnership Agreements?
Marc Vandenhaute, European Forest Institute (EFI) 

The power of generating data - Open timber portal:
Marie Vallée, World Resources Institute (WRI)  

Examples of winning nature-based solutions:
Gilles Moynot, Office National des Forêts International (ONFI) 

Community led forest restoration:
Clare Bissell, Fern  

Lisa Mimoun, Fondation Maisons du Monde

  • Wrap up and next steps:

Coordination SUD and Fern 

This event has been made possible with the financial assistance of the UK Department for International Development, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Life Programme of the European Union. The opinions given at the event can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the UK Government, the French government or the EU Life Programme. 

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