Forests Asia Summit

How can Southeast Asia’s forests accelerate a shift to green growth? What are the opportunities for businesses and investors? Join the discussion at the Forests Asia Summit on May 5-6 in Jakarta

The Summit will see Ministers from across Southeast Asia join CEOs, civil society leaders, development experts and the world’s top scientists in Jakarta to share research, experiences and other insights on how the region’s forests and landscapes can be better managed in the pursuit of new green-growth pathways for development.

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most dynamic regions. Its economy is growing rapidly led by a rising middle class, but it faces major policy challenges: poverty and inequality, unsustainable land use, falling biodiversity, food insecurity and climate change. Against this backdrop, there are moves to adopt green-growth approaches, taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sustainably manage forests. Still, more needs to be done. Agricultural expansion across Southeast Asia threatens the world’s third-largest tropical forest. And unsustainable land-use change has made the region one of the world’s largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Summit is organized by the Center for International Forestry Research, co-hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and officially supported by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and the Indonesian Business Council for Sustainable Development. The event is expected to attract more than 1,000 leading stakeholders from across Southeast Asia and globally. More than 15 leading regional and international organizations are hosting sessions.

Speakers will focus on opportunities for innovative land use investments, including an assessment of new certification schemes like FLEGT and RSPO and an in-depth look at key economic drivers, including palm oil, timber, pulp and rubber.

Among the 100 speakers are Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru Environment Minister and President of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s COP20 meeting in Lima in December, Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, U Win Tun, Myanmar Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Franky Widjaja, CEO of Golden Agri-Resources, Shinta Kamdani, President, Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development, Hilde Jervan, Norwegian Council on Ethics (Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund), Sunny Verghese, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Olam, Aida Greenbury, Managing Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement, APP, Yalmaz Siddiqui, Director of Environmental Strategy, Office Depot, Moray McLeish, Director & Technical Advisor, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC, Ben Ridley, Head of Sustainability Affairs, Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse, and Andrea Bassi, one of the world’s top experts on green economy.

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