Oslo Tropical Forest Forum 2018:

Celebrating results and identifying remaining challenges after 10 years of hard work

27 - 28 Jun. 2018

6:00 - 16:00

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Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Holbergs gate 30


The goal of the forum is to celebrate results and identify remaining challenges 10 years after reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) was included in the climate change negotiations, and to advance strategies for mobilizing forests to help us achieve the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

More details about the conference

The conference opens with welcoming remarks from a high-level official of the Government of Norway, followed by a musical performance.

The first morning of the conference continues two high-level plenary sessions that will include presentations on the latest science about the importance of forests to climate and development goals, and a panel discussion on the state of play on progress toward targets to end deforestation. 

Four rounds of four parallel sessions follow in the afternoon of the first day and the morning of the second day, with interwoven “streams” of discussion loosely organized around the conference themes of

(A) the role of forests in meeting Paris Agreement goals

(B) progress toward meeting no-deforestation commodity supply chain commitments

(C) reducing illegal logging, corruption, and other forest-related crimes

(D) recognizing indigenous rights and reducing violence against environmental defenders.

The first round of parallel sessions focuses on establishing the state of play surrounding the issue, while subsequent rounds focus on new tools and promising approaches for addressing identified challenges and opportunities.

Four of the parallel sessions will be designed as “fishbowl” discussions, with a central table of panellists debating an issue with the audience surrounding them in an outer circle.

While no country-specific sessions are proposed, most (but not all) of the parallel sessions are designed to highlight the experience of one or a few countries or sub-national jurisdictions.

The 90-minute lunch break on each day is designed to accommodate structured networking and smaller meetings.   

Electronic voting and videos will be spliced into the opening and/or closing plenary sessions, and also selectively in the parallel sessions.

The program concludes with a final plenary session featuring forward-looking perspectives from high-level speakers and closing remarks. 


Day 1
27 Jun
Day 2
28 Jun
Welcoming remarks followed by musical performance

Video remarks HE Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

HE Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway

Raymond Johansen, Head of Oslo City Council

Plenary 1: The Importance of forests to climate and development objectives


  • Carlos Nobre, Brazilian scientist and global expert on climate change
  • Rukka Sombolinggi, Secretary General, AMAN
  • Carine Smith Ihenacho, Chief Corporate Governance Officer, Norges Bank Investment Management

Moderator: Frances Seymour

Plenary 2: Achieving the 2020 and 2030 targets: What will it take?


  • HE Luis Gilberto Murillo, Minister Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia
  • HE Henri Yav Mulang, Minister of Finance, DRC
  • HE Tarsicio Granizo,  Minister of Environment, Ecuador
  • Dr. Putera Parthama, DG for climate change, Ministry of Environment and Forestry Indonesia
  • Svein Holsether, CEO Yara
  • Anderson Tanoto, Director RGE Pte Ltd

Moderator: James Astill, The Economist

Special Lunch Presentations

Badan Restorasi Gambut (BRG)

1-hour special lunch-time discussion on Local Initiative of Tropical Peatland Restoration in Indonesia


  1. To update the peatland restoration efforts that have been carried out and will be carried out by BRG with the support of CSOs and the people.
  2. To represent the collaborative action to support peatland restoration with farmers, women and religious groups.
  3. To discuss collaborative initiatives and international support on community-based peatland restoration.

Where: Lofoten Room Radisson Hotel

Choose between 4 parallel tracks:
Parallel 1A

The 2020 Challenge: How can companies meet their deforestation-free supply chain commitments?

Parallel 1B

Forests and the Paris Agreement: Pathways to keeping global warming well below 2 °C with the aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C

Parallel 1C

Progress toward reducing illegal deforestation, associated trade and other forest-related crimes

Parallel 1D

UNDRIP and REDD+@10: Progress toward recognizing indigenous rights to forests

Coffee break
Choose between 4 parallel tracks:
Parallel 2A

Intact vs Working Forests: Must we exploit forests to save them?

Parallel 2B

Criteria for REDD+ Transactions

Parallel 2C

Financial disclosure and transparency for forest-risk commodities

Parallel 2D

The Gendered Dimensions of REDD+: Rural and Indigenous women’s tenure rights and participation in climate change agreements and programs

End of sessions for day 1
Conference dinner at Oslo City Hall with the Mayor of Oslo
  • Jon Lomøy, Director General Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
  • Marianne Borgen, Mayor of Oslo
Choose between 4 parallel tracks:
Parallel 3A

Subnational jurisdictions: The most promising scale for success?

Parallel 3B

High carbon stock ecosystems: Incorporating mangroves and peatlands into REDD+ strategies

Parallel 3C

Ground-breaking tools to promote legality, traceability and transparency: Challenges and opportunities

Parallel 3D

A burning issue: Address the threat of biofuels as a driver of deforestation

Choose between 4 parallel tracks:
Parallel 4A

Minding the gap: Addressing the lag between what’s possible and what’s practiced in monitoring deforestation, degradation and restoration in the context of REDD+

Parallel 4B

The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative: An opportunity to preach beyond the choir

Parallel 4C

Investment for land-use transformation: Opportunities for blending public and private finance towards forest restoration

Parallel 4D

Supporting At-Risk Defenders: Addressing the root causes of attacks on environmental and indigenous advocates

Special Lunch Presentations

The Green Climate Fund  (GCF) - Leveraging finance for REDD+ results-based payments

Discuss the current landscape of REDD+ rbp finance and visualize future scenarios for leveraging public and private finance from domestic and international sources.

Where: Lofoten room at Radisson Hotel

Plenary 3: The Way Forward

To reflect on the way forward in light of discussions held at the 2018 Oslo Tropical Forest Forum.


  • HE Fabiola Muñoz, Minister of Environment, Peru
  • Erik Solheim, Executive Director United Nations Environment
  • Tasso Azevedo, Consultant and social entrepreneur
  • Victoria Tauli Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People
  • Henry Waxman, Waxman Strategies, and former Member, US Congress
  • James Astill, the Economist

Moderator:  Frances Seymour

Closing remarks
  • Erik Solheim, Executive Director United Nations Environment
  • HE Luis Gilberto Murillo, Minister Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia (TBC)
End of conference
Oslo Tropical Forest Forum at The House of Literature in Oslo

As the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum 2018 officially ends, we invite conference participants, NGOs, journalists, politicians, scientists and others interested in protecting our forests to the Oslo House for Literature to learn, discuss and share experiences. Food and drinks will be available.

The venue is open to the public. The event is organized by Norad, Rainforest Foundation Norway and Forum for Development and Environment.

The House of Literature is just a five-minute walk from the Scandinavian Radisson hotel, the main venue of the conference.

A detailed program for this event will be announced shortly.

Address: Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29.


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