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

To inform and motivate conference participants with a series of short, compelling, inspiring, and media-friendly presentations (e.g., 10-minute TED talks) on the latest science, economic analysis, and political developments linking forests to climate and development goals.


  • Carlos Nobre, global expert on climate change
  • Rukka Sombolinggi, Secretary General, AMAN
  • Carine Smith Ihenacho, Chief Corporate Governance Officer, Norges Bank Investment Management
Plenary 2: Achieving the 2020 and 2030 targets: What will it take?

Confirmed high level speakers:

  • HE Luis Gilberto Murillo, Minister Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia
  • Svein Holsether, CEO Yara
Lunch (includes structured networking)
Choose between 4 parallel tracks:
Parallel 1A

The “2020 Problem”: How can companies meet their deforestation-free supply chain commitments?

Parallel 1B

Forests and the Paris Agreement: Pathways to keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees C

Parallel 1C

Progress towards 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

To assess the most promising strategies for maintaining the remaining intact forests in the tropics, and debate the role of “sustainable forest management”

Parallel 2B

Promoting High-Quality REDD+ Transactions

Parallel 2C

Financial disclosure and transparency for forest-risk commodities: Ownership structure, reporting, divestment, and enforcement

Parallel 2D

Rural and indigenous women as leaders and managers of the forests

End of sessions for day 1
Conference dinner at Oslo City Hall with the Mayor of Oslo
  • Dinner speech: 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 an emerging 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

Lunch (includes structured networking)
Plenary 3: The Way Forward

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


  • 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
Closing remarks
  • HE Ola Elvestuen, Norwegian Minister for Climate and the Environment
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 NGOs, journalists, politicians, scientists and others interested in protecting our forests to the House for Literature in Oslo for a drink and to learn, discuss and share experiences.

The venue is open to the public, and organised by Norad, The Rainforest foundation Norway and Forum for Development and Environment.

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

Detailed program for the venue at the house of literature to be announced soon.

Address: Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29.

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