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Fauna & Flora International takes part in innovative REDD conference

Posted on: 23.06.10 (Last edited) 20 May 2011

The future for Payments for Ecosystem Services to be scoped in Hanoi.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is involved in the Katoomba Meeting XVII in Hanoi, Vietnam from 23-24 June.

The Katoomba Group is an international network of individuals working to promote, and improve capacity related to, markets and payments for ecosystem services (PES).

The Group serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategic information about ecosystem service transactions and markets, as well as a site for collaboration between practitioners on PES projects and programmes.

Josh Kempinski is an international REDD+ advisor at FFI. In this video he discusses FFI’s experience and expanding portfolio of REDD+ projects around the world, and explains how REDD+ combines new mechanisms with existing, core FFI approaches, to produce an exciting new paradigm for conservation.

FFI is assisting in organising the two-day meeting. We are focused on bringing in practitioners and assisting with outreach from the conference via the internet.

Our longstanding history in the region and our experience with Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) has enabled us to draw in key participants to enhance the discussion.

Members of FFI’s team, as well as partners from Aceh, Cambodia and Vietnam will attend the meeting and contribute to the debate over PES, and REDD in particular.

Josh Kempinski, REDD Advisor to FFI’s Vietnam Programme, explains FFI’s emerging work on REDD in Vietnam and goes into some detail on the Ulu Masen REDD project.

Here’s also a video of Joe Heffernan, FFI’s REDD Coordinator, speaking on the Katoomba meeting website about FFI’s REDD work around the region.

“The Katoomba Group has always played an important role in pushing the boundaries of the emerging ecosystem services markets. FFI is proud to bring real world models and local experience to the table through our global network of practitioners and partners,” said Joe.

“Vietnam has embraced the commercial values of the natural world and is a great place to see this conference create new synergies to further demonstrate the value of the natural world.”

In this video, the Head of Aceh Green Secretariat, FFI’s partner in Aceh, discusses the Ulu Masen REDD project and the concept of Aceh Green.

Find out more on the Katoomba meeting website.

Photo credits: Juan Pablo Moreiras.

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Rebecca Foges

Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground. Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.

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