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International Seminar, "REDD+ Finance Mechanism and Its Optimum Use - How to incentivize forest conservation"

Background and Objectives

Multiple funds and finance mechanisms have contributed in promoting forest-related activities in developing countries. Designing an effective finance scheme is one of the key elements to enhance effective and efficient forest conservation and sustainable forest management in developing countries.

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation etc, in developing countries (REDD+), which is still under discussion by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has a large potential to provide financial incentives to promote forest conservation and sustainable forest management as well as to enhance greenhouse gas emissions reductions in developing countries, if the REDD+ scheme is well-designed.

This international seminar aims to explore effective REDD+ finance mechanisms and its optimum use, based on the experience and outcomes of existing finance for REDD+ and other forest-related activities. Key questions of this seminar are as follows.

1. How can we mobilize wide range of finance sources for REDD+?

2. How can we enhance the effective use of wide range of finance for REDD+? Further, how can we effectively use these funds to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries?

3. How can we draw lessons from existing finance for REDD+ and other forest-related activities? What are the challenges of funders and recipients in enhancing forest conservation and sustainable forest management?

4. What kind of international and national governances are necessary to build more effective finance for REDD+?

In order to explore above questions, we invite distinguished speakers from different stakeholders, funding agencies, recipient countries, and academic institutions.

UNFCCC COP19, held in November 2013 in Warsaw adopted the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ (a package of seven decisions on REDD+). One of the important pillars of this Warsaw Framework for REDD+ is financial mechanisms for REDD+. The COP reaffirmed that the finance for REDD+ may come from a wide variety of sources, encouraged entities financing the REDD+ activities to collectively channel adequate and predictable results-based finance in a fair and balanced manner, and decided to establish an information hub on the web platform on the UNFCCC website which can contribute to increase transparency of information on actions. Further the COP encouraged the national entities or focal points, Parties and relevant entities to hold annual voluntary meetings in order to sharing information and experiences and discuss needs and functions related to coordination of support for REDD+ implementation, and called for making recommendations on governance for REDD+ at the end of 2017 to Subsidiary Body for Implementation.

Wide variety of sources includes, multilateral, bilateral, public, private, market, no-market finance. However, under the UNFCCC, it lacks concrete discussion to explore effective way to mobilize funds for REDD+ and the effective use of these funds to enhance forest conservation and sustainable forest management in developing countries.

Currently, multiple funds and finance mechanisms have already supported REDD+ and other forest-related activities in many developing countries, e.g, multilateral finance and programs for REDD+ include Forest Carbon Partnership and UN-REDD+, and bilateral finance and programs include Indonesia-Norway REDD+ Partnership Amazon Fund in Brazil. Further, wide range of stakeholders i.e. funders, recipients, governments, NGOs, private sectors participate in financing and implementing REDD+.

This international seminar provides a great opportunity to establish a platform to discuss finance for REDD+ and its optimal use by drawing lessons from existing finance and activities for REDD+ and other forest-related activities.

Seminar flyer


February 3-4, 2015


ITO Hall, The University of Tokyo
7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyou-ku, Tokyo ZIP 113-0033


Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)

Expected Participants

REDD+ experts from the relevant ministries and agencies, research institutes, universities, NGOs, and private companies interested in REDD+ finance and investment.

(Seating capacity: 200 per day)


English/Japanese (simultaneous translation)

Participation fee



Day 1: Feb.3 (Tuesday)

Opening session
10:00 Opening
10:00 - 10:30 Dr. Kazuo Suzuki President of FFPRI Opening Remarks
Mr. Shuji Oki Deputy Director General, Forestry Agency, Japan Guest Speech
Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto FFPRI Introduction
Session1. Key note speech: Financial Mechanisms to Address Climate Change, their Achievements and Challenges: From the Perspective of REDD+
Moderator: Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto (FFPRI)
10:30 - 11:20 Prof. Yukari Takamura Nagoya Univ.
Q/A session (10min.)
Session2. Challenging multilateral and bilateral finance for REDD+ towards effective readiness and beyond 【Video conference】
Moderator: Mr. Hiroki Miyazono (JICA)
11:20 - 12:40 Introduction
Dr. Ellysar Baroudy World Bank
Mr. Tao Wang Green Climate Fund
Q/A session (30min.)
12:40 - 14:00 Lunch Break (80min.)
14:00 - 14:30 Dr. Maria Jose Sanz-Sanchez UN-REDD/FAO
Q/A session (10min.)
Session3. Role of business and civil society in promoting effective financing for REDD+
Moderator: Dr. Makino Yamanoshita (IGES)
14:30 - 16:00 Introduction
Mr. Peter Graham WWF International
Mr. Gabriel Eickhoff Forest Carbon Partners
Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto FFPRI
Q/A session (20min.)
16:00 - 16:20 Coffee Break (20min.)
Sesson 4. Panel discussion : Building effective REDD+ financing schemes at the international, regional and national levels
Moderator: Dr. Ma Hwan-Ok (ITTO)
16:20 - 17:20 Panelists:
・Dr. Maria Jose Sanz-Sanchez (UN-REDD/FAO)
・Mr. Gabriel Eickhoff (Forest Carbon Partners)
・Mr. Peter Graham (WWF International)
・Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto (FFPRI)
・Mr. Bambang Supriyanto (Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia)
Summary of Day 1
17:20 - 17:30 Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto FFPRI
17:30 Closing
18:00-20:00 Reception (Restaurant Capo Pelicano)

Day 2: Feb.4 (Wednesday)

Opening session
10:00 Opening
10:00 - 10:10 Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto FFPRI Introduction
Session1. Key note speech: REDD+ finances: Current issues and questions
Moderator: Dr. Kenichi Abe (RIHN)
10:10 - 11:10 Dr. William Sunderlin Center for International Forestry Research
Q/A session (20min.)
Sesson2. Management and operation of REDD+ related funds in developing countries
Moderator: Ms. Yasuko Inoue (Forestry Agency)
11:10 - 13:00 Introduction
Mr. Yaw Kwakye Forestry Commision, Ghana
Mr. Hideyuki Kubo REDD+ Expert
Mr. Antonio Ferreira Augusto Serra Envirotrade
Mr. Romas Garbaliauscas Conservation International
Q/A session (30min.)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break (60min.)
Session3. Designing effective national financing systems for forest conservation and sustainable forest management: Lessons from payment mechanisms for environmental services (PES)
Moderator: Ma Hwan-Ok (ITTO)
14:00 - 15:40 Introduction
Mr. Hector Arce Benavides FONAFIFO, Costa Rica
Mr. Bambang Supriyanto Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
Mr. Pham Hong Luong VNFOREST, Vietnam
Q/A session (30min.)
15:40 - 16:10 Coffee Break (30 min.)
Session 4. Effective utilization of REDD+ finance at national and sub-national levels: No smaller challenges than accessing adequate funding
Moderator: Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto (FFPRI)
16:10 - 17:20 Panelists :
・Dr. William Sunderlin (CIFOR)
・Mr. Yaw Kwakye(Forestry Commision, Ghana)
・Mr. Antonio Ferreira Augusto Serra (Envirotrade)
・Mr. Romas Garbaliauscas (Conservation International)
・Mr. Hector Arce Benavides (FONAFIFO, Costa Rica)
・Mr. Pham Hong Luong (VNFOREST, Vietnam)
Closing Session
17:20 - 17:30 Dr. Mitsuo Matsumoto FFPRI
17:30 Closing



Forestry and Forestry Products Research Institute


Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)

Under the auspices of:

Forestry Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, The Japanese Forest Society (JFS), The Japan Society of Tropical Ecology, The Remote Sensing Society of Japan (RSSJ), Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (JSPRS)

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