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Challenges and Opportunities in Managing the World’s Forests
RFF Seminar
November 5, 2009
Challenges and Opportunities in Managing the World's Forests      
 

Forests have long been valued for their many attributes – providing timber, livelihood, watershed protection, natural habitat, and beauty. Forests also play a role in the global climate cycle by sequestering carbon and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, leading to a prominent role for forest management in any approach to climate policy. Improving forest measurement and monitoring is a necessary step and one that complements numerous initiatives to help shape policy design by governments, philanthropic and other nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

At this seminar, our panelists linked data to policy with several examples:

  • Challenges in measuring the state of forests and the need for new institutions to provide better forest data
  • Development of a forest carbon index to inform understanding of forest carbon credits
  • The role of forest carbon management in alleviating poverty in developing countries
  • Recent recommendations of the Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests  

Video and Audio

Note: Sound on the video and audio is low-quality due to
technical difficulties.

Event Audio (MP3)  
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Agenda 
 

Moderator
Molly Macauley
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Molly Macauley
Panelists
Roger Sedjo, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
 
Roger Sedjo
Nigel Purvis, President, Climate Advisers, and Visiting Scholar, Resources for the Future Nigel Purvis
Lynn Scarlett, former Deputy Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Department of the Interior Lynn Scarlett
D. James Baker, Director, Global Carbon Measurement Program, The Clinton Foundation and former Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
James BakerSlides
Panel Question and Answer
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