Virtual TFA Dialogue

The dialogue event “Scaling Forest Positive Action: Lessons from Colombia” took place on 21 September.

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Session Description

Public-private cooperation in Colombia has brought innovative commitments and mechanisms to reduce commodity-driven deforestation. This Tropical Forest Alliance Climate Week 2020 session brought together leaders from the private sector, government and civil society on what lessons we can learn from Colombia and how global and local stakeholders can collaborate to achieve a forest positive future at the national and regional level.


  • Roberto Esmeral, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia

  • Norbert Gorissen, Deputy Director General, German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU)

  • Jens Mesa Dishington, President, Fedepalma

  • Pablo Montoya, Head of Sustainability, Grupo Exito

  • Wendy Arenas, Executive Director, ALISOS

  • Mary Lou Higgins, Director, WWF Colombia

  • Dairo Estrada, President, Finagro

  • Moderator: Javier Ortiz, Colombia and Peru Lead, Tropical Forest Alliance

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