Oslo Tropical Forest Forum 2018:

Celebrating results and identifying remaining challenges after 10 years of hard work

27 - 28 Jun. 2018

6:00 - 16:00

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Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Holbergs gate 30


The goal of the forum is to celebrate results and identify remaining challenges 10 years after reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) was included in the climate change negotiations, and to advance strategies for mobilizing forests to help us achieve the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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The conference opens with welcoming remarks from a high-level official of the Government of Norway, followed by a musical performance.

The first morning of the conference continues two high-level plenary sessions that will include presentations on the latest science about the importance of forests to climate and development goals, and a panel discussion on the state of play on progress toward targets to end deforestation. 

Four rounds of four parallel sessions follow in the afternoon of the first day and the morning of the second day, with interwoven “streams” of discussion loosely organized around the conference themes of

(A) the role of forests in meeting Paris Agreement goals

(B) progress toward meeting no-deforestation commodity supply chain commitments

(C) reducing illegal logging, corruption, and other forest-related crimes

(D) recognizing indigenous rights and reducing violence against environmental defenders.

The first round of parallel sessions focuses on establishing the state of play surrounding the issue, while subsequent rounds focus on new tools and promising approaches for addressing identified challenges and opportunities.

Four of the parallel sessions will be designed as “fishbowl” discussions, with a central table of panellists debating an issue with the audience surrounding them in an outer circle.

While no country-specific sessions are proposed, most (but not all) of the parallel sessions are designed to highlight the experience of one or a few countries or sub-national jurisdictions.

The 90-minute lunch break on each day is designed to accommodate structured networking and smaller meetings.   

Electronic voting and videos will be spliced into the opening and/or closing plenary sessions, and also selectively in the parallel sessions.

The program concludes with a final plenary session featuring forward-looking perspectives from high-level speakers and closing remarks. 


Day 1
27 Jun
Day 2
28 Jun
Welcoming remarks followed by musical performance
Plenary 1: The Importance of forests to climate and development objectives

To inform and motivate conference participants with a series of short, compelling, inspiring, and media-friendly presentations (e.g., 10-minute TED talks) on the latest science, economic analysis, and political developments linking forests to climate and development goals.

Proposed presentations include:

  • A senior scientist on why forests are essential to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement
  • A senior scientist on recent science linking forests, water, and rainfall
  • A development economist on the relationships between forests, development, and poverty
  • An indigenous leader on the interdependence of indigenous peoples and forests
  • A political leader on the changing politics of international cooperation on climate change, and the role of forests in climate action
Plenary 2: Achieving the 2020 and 2030 targets: What will it take?

To provide a lively moderated panel discussion and opportunity for input from the audience regarding the most important actions needed from rich and developing country governments, supply chain companies, financiers, and civil society to achieve the “no deforestation” targets included in the SDGs and the New York Declaration on Forests

Panelists will include high-level leaders from:

  • International organizations
  • National government agencies
  • Corporations engaged in the supply chains for forest-risk commodities
  • Public and private financial institutions
  • Civil society
Lunch (includes structured networking)
Choose between 4 parallel tracks:
Parallel 1A

The “2020 Problem”: How can companies meet their deforestation-free supply chain commitments?

Parallel 1B

Forests and the Paris Agreement: Pathways to keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees C

Parallel 1C

Progress toward eradicating illegal logging and forest crime: Law enforcement in producing and importing countries

Parallel 1D

UNDRIP and REDD+@10: Progress toward recognizing indigenous rights to forests

Coffee break
Choose between 4 parallel tracks:
Parallel 2A

To assess the most promising strategies for maintaining the remaining intact forests in the tropics, and debate the role of “sustainable forest management”.

Parallel 2B

Global standards for REDD+ finance: What does it take to qualify?

Parallel 2C

Financial disclosure and transparency for forest-risk commodities: Ownership structure, reporting, divestment, and enforcement

Parallel 2D

Rural and indigenous women as leaders and managers of the forests

End of sessions for day 1
Conference dinner
Choose between 4 parallel tracks:
Parallel 3A

Subnational jurisdictions: The most promising scale for success?

Parallel 3B

High carbon stock ecosystems: Incorporating mangroves and peatlands into REDD+ strategies

Parallel 3C

Ground-breaking tools to investigate forest crimes

Parallel 3D

Preaching beyond the choir: Partnering with the faith community as a new constituency for forests

Choose between 4 parallel tracks:
Parallel 4A

Minding the gap: Addressing the lag between what’s possible and what’s practiced in monitoring deforestation, degradation and restoration in the context of REDD+

Parallel 4B

A burning issue: Address the threat of biofuels as an emerging driver of deforestation

Parallel 4C

Investment for land-use transformation: Opportunities for blending public and private finance

Parallel 4D

Defending the defenders: Best practices for protecting the safety of environmental and indigenous advocates

Lunch (includes structured networking)
Plenary 3: The Way Forward

To reflect on the way forward in light of discussions held at the 2018 Oslo Tropical Forest Forum.

Panelists will offer perspectives on what has been achieved in the ten years since REDD+ entered international negotiations on climate change, and the challenges ahead. Panelists will identify and comment on key next steps for national and sub-national implementation of REDD+ in forest-rich countries, as well as the highest priorities for support through international alliances and partnerships.

Focus would be on specific, practical integration of conference themes into near-term policy and implementation processes (e.g., increased ambition of NDCs for UNFCCC 2018 stocktake, financing for REDD+, deforestation-free supply chains, and divestment from forest-risk companies, revisions of EU and US renewable fuels policies; 2018 Global Climate Action Summit). Time for moderated questions/comments from the audience.

The session will open with a round of voting, and speakers will be asked to react to the results.

Speakers to include:

  • Ministerial-level representatives from forest-rich developing countries
  • Ministerial-level representatives from donor countries
  • CEO-level representatives from the private sector
  • Leaders of civil society and indigenous groups
  • Representative from REDD+ finance community
Closing remarks
End of conference

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