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2009/10 Katoomba XV Meeting - Integrated Solutions: Water, Biodiversity and Terrestrial Carbon in West Africa (Accra, Ghana)

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Contributors: The Katoomba Group, Forest Trends, Nature Conservation Research Center (NCRC)
October 6‐10, 2009, Accra, Ghana - The meeting on "Integrated Solutions: Water, Biodiversity and Terrestrial Carbon in West Africa" was hosted by the Katoomba Group, Forest Trends, and the Nature Conservation Research Center (NCRC) and was made possible by support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NORAD, Rockefeller Foundation, Rainforest Alliance, Price Waterhouse Coopers and USAID through the TransLinks Cooperative Agreement.

 

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OVERVIEW

The XV Katoomba Meeting was the first global Katoomba meeting in West Africa and fourth in Africa. It was timely in that regional interest in payments for ecosystem services (PES) has been increasingly rapidly as more conventional approach to natural resource management and conservation have proved relatively ineffective, for example, some countries in the region are experiencing accelerating deforestation rates that are among the highest in the world. The Meeting was given a sobering backdrop by the latest UK Hadley Centre predictions of a likely rise in average temperature of four degrees by 2060 assuming 'business as usual' with 6-7 degrees likely for some areas. 

The Meeting was also timely coming two months before the watershed meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Copenhagen. It is hoped that many national delegates or representatives found the Meeting useful for honing their understanding of the many complex issues, especially around REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation). With several countries in the region gearing up for 'REDD Readiness', a key theme of the meeting was REDD+.

Other key themes included the potential of agricultural or soil carbon for Africa, the challenge of developing 'cocoa carbon' credits, the potential of biodiversity offsets, especially in the context of Ghana's imminent off-shore oil exploration, and the importance of wetlands, mangroves and the hydrological or weather-related functions of West Africa's forests. 

The conference was divided into a Public Meeting, aimed at a wide range of stakeholders including policy makers, and a smaller Private Meeting, aimed more at 'PES practitioners'. The Private Meeting included field trips to potential PES project sites. Over 200 people attended the Public Meeting and 78 attended the Private Meeting. 

More information can be found on the Katoomba Group website at this link.

 

KEY DOCUMENTS

Ecosystem Marketplace Insight Booklets - A collection of articles compiled and prepared for the event.

 

EM Booklet Integrated Solutions 1

Beyond Carbon: Integrated Solutions: Water, Biodiversity, and the Clean Development Mechanism

Ecosystem Marketplace, 2009

EM Booklet Land Use Carbon

Carbon and Land-Use: The Economies of Cocoa, Timber and Agriculture

Ecosystem Marketplace, 2009

 

PUBLIC MEETING - October 6-7, La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana

DAY 1: OCTOBER 6 -  REDD AND OTHER TERRESTRIAL CARBON OPTIONS

 

Time    Description

8:00—9:00am

  REGISTRATION

9:00—10:30am

  INAUGURATION AND WELCOME ADDRESS

Master of Ceremonies: Jonathan Allotey, Executive Director, Environment Protection Agency, Ghana

  • Michael Jenkins, President and CEO, Forest Trends & the Katoomba Group 
  • Dr. Omane Boamah, Deputy Minister of Environment, Technology and Science, Government of Ghana  mp3 play button

10:30—11:00am

  BREAK

11:00am—12:30pm

  KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

Moderator: Mohammad Rafiq, Senior Vice President, Rainforest Alliance 

12:30pm –1:30pm

  LUNCH

1:30-3:15pm

  REDD: EVOLVING ARCHITECTURE AND FIRST STEPS IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA mp3 play button

Moderator: Victor Agyeman, Director, Forestry Reseach Institute of Ghana (FORIG)

  • Andre Aquino, BioCarbon Fund and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, World Bank

  • Josep Gari, Technical Adviser for Natural Resources and Ecosystems, UNDP Africa: “The Status of REDD Readiness in Africa

  • Lucio Pedroni, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Decisions: “National REDD Architecture Options” 

  • Alain Karsenty, Economist, Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique por le Developpement (CIRAD), France: “REDD and PES Perspectives in Central Africa” 

3:15—3:45pm

  BREAK

3:45-5:30pm

  BEYOND REDD: CAPTURING THE FULL RANGE OF TERRESTRIAL CARBON OPTIONS mp3 play button  

Moderator: Jacob Olander, Director, Katoomba Incubator, Forest Trends 

6:30- 7:30pm

  RECEPTION

Hosted by the Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator and NCRC

7:30 - 9:00pm

  SIDE EVENT: PLANNING MEETING FOR CONGO REGION KATOOMBA MEETING

Chair: Michael Brown, President, Satya Development International

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 - BEYOND CARBON

Time   Description

8:3o—9:00am

 
WELCOME & RECAP ON DAY 1 mp3 play button 

Tunde Morakinyo, Principal Consultant, ERM

9:00—10:45am

  PAYING FOR BIODIVERSITY - EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES  mp3 play button 

Moderator: Mr. Nick Westcott, British High Commissioner to Ghana

10:45–11:15am

  BREAK

11:15–1:00pm

 

PAYMENTS FOR HYDROLOGICAL, COASTAL AND MARINE SERVICES  mp3 play button 

Moderator: Professor Chris Gordon, Africa Wetlands Centre, University of Ghana

  • Yadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Oxford School of Geography and the Environment: “Water, Weather and West Africa‟s Forests” 

  • Gordon Ajonina, Mangrove & Wetlands Management Expert, National Programme Coordinator, Cameroon Wildlife Conservation Society (CWCS): “PES for Mangroves and Wetlands” 

1:00—2:00pm

  LUNCH

2:00–3:45pm

  BREAKOUT GROUPS ON REDD AND TREE CROPS

1.PRO-POOR REDD - HOW WE CAN DO IT? mp3 play button

Facilitator: Phil Franks, Coordinator, CARE Poverty, Environment, and Climate Change Network, CARE International 


Facilitator: Joerg Seifert-Granzin, Senior Advisor Climate Change and Environmental Services, Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN), Bolivia

  • Yadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Oxford School of Geography and the Environment: “Developing a Carbon Map for Ghana” 

  • Johannes Eberling, Independent Consultant, Madagascar: “The Challenge of Accounting for Forest Degradation” 

  • Mariano Cenamo, Executive Director, IDESAM: “Lessons from the Juma Project, Brazil”


3. TREE CROPS: LINKING REDD WITH FARMERS AND TREE PLANTING mp3 play button

Facilitator: Frank Hicks,Vice President Investment Opportunities, BioLogical Capital, Biological Capital 

4:15–5.30pm

  PANEL AND PLENARY DISCUSSION - WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF PES IN WEST AFRICA? CONCLUDING THOUGHTS AND NEXT STEPS  mp3 play button 
 

7:30pm

  FINAL DINNER WITH SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Nguyen Tuan Phu, Director, Agriculture Department, Office of the Government of Vietnam


PRIVATE MEETING - October 8-10,
Coconut Grove Beach Resort, Elmina, Ghana

DAY 1: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 

Time   Description

12:00-1:00pm

  LUNCH

1:00 – 2:45pm

  CHARCOAL AND ENERGY OPTIONS  mp3 play button 

Moderator: Raphael Yeboah, Executive Director, Forestry Services Division, Forestry Commission, Government of Ghana 

2:45 – 3:15pm

  BREAK

3:15 – 5:00pm

  TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED LANDSCAPE APPROACH TO LAND USE BASED EMISSION REDUCTION AND SEQUESTRATION mp3 play button 

Moderator: Odigha Odigha, Chairman, Cross River State Forestry Commission, Nigeria

5:30 –7:30pm

  SIDE EVENT: PLANNING MEETING FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA KATOOMBA MEETING

Chair: Michael Jenkins, President and CEO Forest Trends

6:30-7:30pm

  DINNER

7:30-9:00pm

  OIL AND PES - ON THE BEACH mp3 play button 

Moderator: Kwala Kemeur Woeli, Chief Director, Ministry of Energy, Government of Ghana

 

DAY 2:  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9


FIELD TRIPS
  • Marine-Coastal PES: Amanzuri-Nzulezu Wetlands Area, Western Region 
  • Cocoa Carbon: Cocoa Abrabopa Farmers Association, Dunkwa-on-Offin, Ashanti Region

 

DAY 3:  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10


LOCAL TOURISM
  • Elmina Castle (World Heritage Site) and Kakum Forest Reserve
  • Informal Networking and Meetings

 

 


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