Program

Tackling deforestation and illegal logging: progress made and opportunities for future action

PART I: Illegal Logging and FLEGT

Wednesday 21st June

Location: Congress centre Albert Borschette, Room 0A
Working languages: English, French, Spanish
Location: Room 0A

  • 08:30 – 09:00 | Registration

Introductory session:
EU FLEGT Action Plan Review outcome and current Commission thinking on future work for its implementation.

Format: Presentations and discussion with the audience
Moderator: Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute
Location: Congress centre Albert Borschette, Room 0A

  • 09:00 – 09:30 | Welcome and introduction

    Chantal Marijnissen, European Commission, DG DEVCO, Head of Unit DEVCO.C2 – Environment, ecosystems, biodiversity and wildlife.

  • 09:30 – 09:40 | Address by the conference moderator

    Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute.

  • 09:40 – 11:00 | Current Commission thinking on future work for the implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan
    • Supply-side measures (Florence Van Houtte, European Commission, DG DEVCO, Head of Sector)
    • Q & A
  • 11:00 – 11:30 | Coffee break
  • 11:30 – 12:30 | Current Commission thinking on future work for the implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan (cont.)
    • Demand-side measures and multilateral framework (Luca Perez, European Commission, DG ENV, Team Leader)
    • Q & A
  • 12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch buffet

Opening of the conference:
Forests for sustainable development: vision and priorities to reduce poverty, address climate change and halt biodiversity loss.

Master of ceremonies: Roberto Ridolfi, European Commission, DG DEVCO, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development
Location: Room 0A

  • 14:00 – 14:50 | Opening address by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
  • Opening address by Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Session I – Thematic Breakout Groups:
Tackling illegal logging and related trade through the FLEGT Action Plan – challenges, lessons learnt and ways forward

Moderator: Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute
Location: Room 0A

  • 14:50 – 15:00 | Presentation of structure of Session II – Thematic breakout groups
  • 15:00 – 18:00 | Thematic breakout groups (Rooms 0A – 1A – 1D)
  • 16:30 – 17:00 | Coffee break (Rooms 0A – 1A – 1D)

THEMATIC GROUPS

1. Working in partnership with timber producing countries

Working in partnership with timber producing countries: strengthening forest governance and law enforcement and promoting trade in legal timber.

Format: Moderated panel discussion including exchanges with the audience
Location: Room 0A
Moderator: Robert Simpson, FAO FLEGT Programme/Jussi Viitanen EU FLEGT Facility

  • Setting the scene: Chantal Marijnissen, European Commission, DG DEVCO, Head of Unit DEVCO.C2 – Environment, ecosystems, biodiversity and wildlife
  • Panel discussion: Views of
    • FLEGT licensing (Indonesia)
    • FLEGT VPA negotiations (tbc)
    • FLEGT support (Colombia)
  • Discussion with the audience

2. Private Sector

Private Sector: Deepening its contribution to the attainment of the FLEGT objectives

Format: Presentations and discussion with the audience
Location: Room 1A
Moderator: Philippe Deletain (MAE / France)

  • Setting the scene: Roberto Ridolfi, European Commission, DG DEVCO, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development
  • Panel discussion:
    • What are the constraints faced by SMEs in being able to demonstrate legal compliance and how might they be supported to overcome these? (Ghana)
    • How can innovative tools provide more transparency and to improve governance in producer countries? (ATIBT)
    • How can financial actors be more actively involved in strengthening a legal and sustainable forest sector? (Finance in motion)
  • Discussion with the audience

3. Demand side measures

Demand side measures (EU Timber Regulation, bilateral cooperation with other importer and producer countries)

Format: Presentation and discussion
Moderator: Jorge Rodríguez Romero, European Commission, DG ENV, Acting Head of Unit ENV.F3 – Multilateral Environmental Cooperation
Location: Room 1D

EU Timber Regulation: Lessons learnt, ongoing initiatives and ways forward

EUTR reporting in 2017; Monitoring implementation and enforcement; Particular cases: Member States cooperation and information exchange; Briefing notes; Country fiches; Legislation analysis; Trade analysis; SME and industry support/analysis; Proposals for future; Guidance development and updating.

  •  Introduction by Bojan Grlaš, European Commission, DG ENV, Policy Officer
  • Presentation by Satu Glaser, UNEP – World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  • Interventions from stakeholders from EU and third countries
  • Discussion

Overview of demand side measures in other countries (Japan, China, Australia, USA and other countries)

  • Introduction by Bojan Grlaš, European Commission, DG ENV, Policy Officer
  • Presentation by Alexander Hinrichs, EU FLEGT Facility
  • Interventions from stakeholders from EU and third countries
  • Discussion

Thursday 22nd June

Session II

FLEGT processes (cont.) and illegal forest conversion

Moderator: Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute
Location: Room 0A

  • 09:00 – 10:00 | Thematic breakout groups Rapporteurs to present the key conclusions from each group and exchange with the room
  • 10:00 – 10:30 | Coffee break (Room 0A)
  • 10:30 – 12:00 | Illegal forest conversion

Format: Moderated panel discussion incl. exchanges with the audience
Moderator: Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute
Location: Room 0A

Introductory presentation by Lea Turunen, EU FLEGT Facility.

Speakers:

  • Government of Indonesia representative (TbC)
  • Silas Siakor, former Director of the Liberia-based Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Goldman Environmental Prize winner
  • Donaldo Allen, Chairman of CONPAH – National Confederation of Autochthonous Peoples of Honduras
  • Moray Mcleish, Asia Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Olam
  • Mr Emmanuel De Merode, Director of the Virungas National Parc, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 12:00 – 12:30 | Closing of the first part of the conference

    Roberto Ridolfi, European Commission, DG DEVCO, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development.

  • 12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch buffet (Room 0A)

PART II: Deforestation

Thursday 22nd June

Moderator: Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute
Location: Room 0A

  • 14:00 – 14:30 | Introduction and welcome by Astrid Schomaker, European Commission Director for Global Sustainable Development, DG ENV
  • 14:30 – 15:30 | Keynote speech: Deforestation: the magnitude of the problem, drivers and challenges

    Speaker: Pablo Pacheco, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

    Theme: nature and scale of deforestation and forest degradation at global level – the drivers of deforestation as well as the environmental, social and economic impacts of deforestation

  • 15:30 – 16:00 | Coffee break (Room 0A)
  • 16:00 – 18:00 | Turning high-level commitments into action

Format: Moderated panel discussion
Moderator: Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute
Location: Room 0A

Speakers:

  • MinDir Clemens Neumann, Head of Department “Biobased Economy, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry”, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Kateřina Konečná, Member of the European Parliament
  • Geneviève Pons, Director of the WWF European Policy Office
  • Marco Albani, Director of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020
  • Artur Runge-Metzger, European Commission Director for Climate Strategy, governance and emissions from non-trading sectors, DG CLIMA
  • TBC
  • 18:00 – 20:00 | Cocktail Reception (Room 0A)

Friday 23rd June

Moderator: Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute
Location: Room 0A

  • 9:00 – 10:30 | Agenda of solutions to address deforestation: perspectives and initiatives from governments, the private sector and civil society organizations

Format: Moderated panel discussion
Moderator: Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute
Location: Room 0A

Speakers:

  • Fiona Wheatley, Sustainable Development Manager, Marks & Spencer
  • Nicole Polsterer, Sustainable Consumption and Production Campaigner, Fern
  • Thomas Sembres, REDD Expert, EU REDD Facility
  • Datuk Borhanudin Arshad, Deputy Director General, Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia
  • TBC
  • 10:30 – 11:00 | Coffee break (Room 0A)
  • 11:00 – 11:30 | Presentation of the preliminary findings of the feasibility study on possible future EU action to address deforestation by Asger Strange Olesen, COWI
  • 11:30 – 12:30 | Thematic breakout groups to discuss potential areas for EU action to address deforestation

THEMATIC GROUPS

1. Demand side action

Demand side action.

Format: Moderated discussion
Moderator: Duncan Brack
Location: Room 0A

  • Setting the scene: Presentation by Duncan Brack providing an overview on different demand-side policy options
  • Discussion

2. Supply side action

Supply side action

Format: Moderated discussion
Moderator: Frances Seymour
Location: Room 1A

  • Setting the scene: Presentation by Christophe Van Orshoven, EU REDD Facility on possible EU support to national and jurisdictional stakeholders and approaches to zero-deforestation commodity production
  • Discussion

3. Investment and finance

Investment and finance

Format: Moderated discussion
Moderator: Ivo Mulder (UNEP)
Location: Room 4A in the morning and Room 1D in the afternoon

  • Setting the scene: presentation by Ivo Mulder (UNEP)
  • Discussion
  • 12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch buffet
  • 14:00 – 15:00 | Break-out groups to discuss potential areas for EU action to address deforestation (cont.)
  • 15:00 – 15:30 | Coffee break
  • 15:30 – 17:00 | Reporting back and wrapping-up break out groups
  • 17:00 – 17:30 | Closing of the whole conference on illegal logging and deforestation
    • Wrap-up of the conference (Moderator)
    • Closing (European Commission, Deputy Director General DG DEVCO)