Conservationist to Emphasize Importance of
Engaging Local Communities in the Efforts to Protect Forests
Scheduled to Participate in Events Hosted by Forest Trends/FAN,
Avoided Deforestation Partners and Support REDD
Arlington, Virginia—Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, has put her global tour on hold to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the UN Climate Change Conference. Scheduled to appear at a number of side events later this week and next, Dr. Goodall will use the occasion to emphasize the importance of engaging local communities in efforts to protect tropical forests, the destruction of which is a major contributor to global warming.
According to Dr. Goodall, “Any agreement reached at Copenhagen should include direct funding to local communities to assist in protecting carbon-rich forests.” This support, she explained, can be achieved through the REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) financing mechanism to the benefit of both local communities and the goal of REDD to provide long-term protection of forests.
At Copenhagen, Dr. Goodall and Dr. Lilian Pintea, the Jane Goodall Institute’s director of conservation science, will demonstrate a pilot project that, with the aid of Google mobile and web-based mapping technologies, will enable local communities to provide accurate and timely forest monitoring data that is essential to meeting REDD’s goals. The project is a South-South partnership being carried out by the Surui Carbon project in Rondonia, Brazil, and by the Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda and Tanzania, along with Google.org, Google Earth Outreach, ACT Brazil, Forest Trends and the Woods Hole Research Center. The project will allow local communities in Tanzania and Uganda and indigenous Surui people in Brazil, along with their institutional partners, to exchange experiences and find ways to mutually support ongoing carbon/REDD project development efforts in these geographic areas.
Dr. Goodall will elaborate on the project at her first public appearance in Copenhagen on Saturday, December 12. She is scheduled to present closing remarks titled Making REDD Work for Communities and Conservation at the Forest Trends/FAN event, Indigenous and Community Engagement in REDD: Experiences in Project Design and Monitoring/Reporting/Verification (MRV).
The following week, on Wednesday, December 16, Dr. Goodall will take part in a panel discussion at a conference hosted by Avoided Deforestation Partners called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation: Opportunities for U.S. Initiatives in Support of a Global Framework. The panel, titled International Leaders and Innovators on Forests and Climate, will be moderated by author and journalist, Thomas Friedman. Other participants include Sir Richard Branson; Wangari Maathai; the Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California; and the Honorable Jens Stoltenberg, prime minister of Norway.
Later that evening, Dr. Goodall will attend the Support REDD Event, which is being hosted by four rainforest nation heads of state, including:
· Rt. Hon. Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea;
· His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana;
· His Excellency, Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon; and
· His Excellency Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Co-hosts include Maya Lin’s What is Missing? Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Coalition of Rainforest Nations and Google Earth Outreach. During the event, the What is Missing? Foundation will present Dr. Goodall with a grant to support the Jane Goodall Institute’s REDD-related habitat and wildlife conservation work in Tanzania. Dr. Goodall will also present the Institute’s South-South pilot project.
Dr. Goodall’s Copenhagen scheduled appearances are as follows:
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Indigenous and Community Engagement in REDD: Experiences in Project Design and Monitoring/Reporting/Verification (MRV)
Halfdan Rasmussen (Bella Center)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation: Opportunities for U.S. Initiatives in Support of a Global Framework
Avoided Deforestation Partners
The Copenhagen Marriott
Support REDD Event
What is Missing? Foundation, United Nations Environment Programme, the Coalition of Rainforest Nations and Google Earth Outreach
Private Reception at the European Commission Center – 6-7:30 p.m.
Royal Danish Theater Public Event at King’s New Square – 8-10 p.m.
About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program that has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.
About the Event Organizers
is an international nonprofit organization that works to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these new markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests. We analyze strategic market and policy issues, catalyze connections between forward-looking producers, communities and investors, and develop new financial tools to help markets work for conservation and people.
The Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN Bolivia), is a private nonprofit organization, dedicated since 1988 to generating opportunities and innovation for the conservation of biodiversity in Bolivia. Our actions are guided by scientific bases, technical feasibility, social participation and administrative transparency. FAN is administrating Noel Kempff Climate Action Project (NK-CAP), the first REDD activity being certified applying CDM criteria. FAN is designing and implementing REDD activities in the Bolivian Amazon and in Cameroon.
Avoided Deforestation Partners
Avoided Deforestation Partners advances the adoption of U.S. and international climate policies that include effective, transparent, and equitable market and non-market incentives to reduce tropical deforestation. Avoided Deforestation Partners convenes public and private sector actors to create awareness among key decision makers, to advance research, and to promote the development of policy solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from tropical deforestation and degradation. For more information about our organization, go to www.adpartners.org.
What is Missing?
Artist–architect, Maya Lin is working on what will be her last memorial—What is Missing? The memorial is a multi-sited and multi-platform art and media work dedicated to raising awareness about endangered and extinct species. What is Missing? links habitat and species loss with the current crisis of extinction—the 6th mass extinction in the earth’s history—but the first to be caused by the actions of a single species—humankind. WIM focuses on integrally linking habitat protection and the prevention of deforestation with biodiversity and species protection as a way to combat both climate change and help alleviate poverty in developing countries. WIM partners include: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, California Academy of Sciences, Google Earth Outreach, American Museum of Natural History, IUCN and National Geographic.