Oslo Tropical Forest Forum 2020 is postponed until 2022
The first webinar in June 2020 highlighted the Global Forest Watch/University of Maryland numbers for tropical tree cover loss for 2019 and was opened by the Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn. The presentation from GFW was followed by respondents from tropical forest countries and international organizations. Participants were invited to pose questions via the OTFF platform a week in advance, and the GFW team responded to questions live during the webinar, and via the OTFF platform in subsequent weeks.
The second webinar in December 2020 covered REDD+ Finance. A presentation on how Ethiopia and Indonesia are using REDD+ finance to leverage changes in policies, institutions, and actions on the ground to improve forest management and with focus on benefit-sharing arrangements kicked-off the webinar. A session with the theme “The Changing Global Landscape of REDD+ Finance” followed with focus on the growing interest of private corporations to invest in so-called “natural climate solutions”, and the new policies, institutions, and norms being developed to ensure that this interest is responsibly mobilized as a new source of REDD+ finance.
OTFF 2021 starts off in March with a webinar focusing on indigenous peoples’ solutions as part of a New Deal for Nature and Nature Based Solutions. The plenary session will discuss “Strengthening international support for indigenous solutions” whilst the three parallel sessions will cover these topics:
- Indigenous autonomous governance as climate solutions in Peru
- Indigenous peoples to strengthen the DRC’s climate and development ambitions
- Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples when building back greener and better from COVID-19
Two more webinars are at the planning stage, and information about these will be posted later.