We are excited to announce that the Tropical Forest Alliance Annual Meeting 2019 will be held in Bogotá, Colombia from 6 – 8 May. Co-hosted by the Government of Colombia and TFA Colombia Alliance, it will convene 150 high-level global and regional leaders from governments, business, and civil society to accelerate efforts to reduce commodity-driven deforestation.
This year’s theme, A Forest Positive Future: Accelerating into the Decade of Delivery, emphasizes the importance of reshaping the forest agenda, catalysing collective action and shaping the forward agenda.
Forests are the only currently available large-scale, proven, and cost-effective technology for carbon capture and sequestration.
Yet deforestation persists at an alarming pace. Continuing down our current path will undermine the world’s ecological foundations. In a forest positive future, we can envision a world where there is stronger and more equitable rural socioeconomic development, where we deliver over one-third of the climate change solution, protect our vital biodiversity, and generate massive improvements in our supply chains.
No one actor can do this alone. Fixing it, requires us to accelerate action. This year’s Annual Meeting will provide a platform for stakeholders to collectively progress from commitments to actions. In a forest positive future – it is possible.
The Annual meeting is an occasion for the TFA community to make bold moves that translate policies and commitments into tangible progress.
“It’s quite simple: life on earth isn’t possible without forests because they are integral to ecosystems and livelihoods around the world. The stakeholders gathering in Bogotá are committed to delivering concrete and collective action that establishes sustainable supply chains to protect tropical forest landscapes – and by extension reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, improve livelihoods and conserve natural habitats – Justin Adams, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance.
Hosted in Colombia, the meeting will highlight the country’s leadership in developing public-private collaborations with the support of TFA to eliminate deforestation from commodity supply-chains. Listed as one of the world’s “megadiverse” countries, Colombia is home to close to 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. But, as in many regions of the world, efforts must be increased to prevent Colombia’s forests and abundant biodiversity from disappearing due to the expansion of agriculture, forestry and other land use issues.
Bogotá, Colombia: From 6 – 8 May 2019, the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) will host its Annual Meeting. The event covers five days of high-level meetings addressing commodity-driven deforestation, convened by the TFA in collaboration with the Government of Colombia.
Before the meeting, TFA partners will be hosting a range of unique field trips from 4-5 May 2019. Interested? All information is available here.
A forest positive future: Accelerating into the decade of delivery
4-5 May 2019: Field Trips in Colombia
6 May 2019: Assessing our Trajectory
7 May 2019: Catalysing Collective Action
8 May 2019: Shaping the Forward Agenda
Confirmed* high-level speakers and participants:
- The President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez
- The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, Ricardo Lozano Picón
- The Minister of Agriculture of Colombia, Andrés Valencia Pinzón
- The Minister of Environment of Peru, Fabiola Martha Muñoz Dodero
- The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru, Gustavo Mostajo
- Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, David Nabarro
- CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Naoko Ishii
- Peruvian Archbishop, Cardinal Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno
- Chief of the Yawanawa, Associacao Sóciocultural Yawanawa of Brazil, Tashka Yawanawa
- Chief Sustainability Officer, Mondelez, Chris McGrath
- CEO Conservation International, Sanjayan
- Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resouce Institute, Frances Seymour
*subjet to change
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