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The new EU multi-financial framework: What’s in it for tropical forests and local livelihoods?


Thursday, 29 November 2018 from 00:30 to 15:00 (CET)

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Fern and FAO cordially invite you to their panel event 

The new EU multi-financial framework: what is in it for forests and community livelihoods?

The panel event will discuss EU support to forests in the new EU budget, and whether it will help to achieve climate and development goals in forested developing countries.

·         Date and place: 29 November 2018 at the European Parliament, room A3H-1. 
·         Time: 13.00 to 15.00
·         A light lunch will be served at 12.30
Fern and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)


Heidi Hautala
, Vice-President of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA)
Maria Arena, Member of the European Parliament (S&D)
Lola Sanchez Caldentey, Member of the European Parliament (GUE/NGL)

Session 1: What vision for forests and for community based forest regimes?

  • The EU’s vision in the context of evolving funding prioritiesChantal Marijnissen, Head of unit for Environment, Natural Resources and Water, DG DEVCO, European Commission

  • The Bonn challenge: bringing back to life deforested and degraded land with communities? - Herbert Christ, Head, International Forest Policy Programme and International Forest Governance Initiatives, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

  • The ‘Brazzaville roadmap’: a chance for forests and forest peoples in the Congo Basin - Keynote from Her Excellency Rosalie Matondo, Minister for Forest Economy, Republic of Congo

Screening of a short film on the opportunities, challenges and new vision for Community-based forestry, Fern and Southern NGOs 

Session 2: What have we learnt so far regimes and how do we move forward to protect forests and strengthen livelihoods? 

  • What worked and what did not work: experiences from Asia and Africa - Claude Nguinguiri, Forest Officer, Participatory Forestry, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Community forest enterprises in Democratic Republic of Congo - Henk Hoefsloot, Programme Coordinator, Tropenbos International

  • Findings from Fern report 'Bringing community based forest regimes to the next level: the case of community forestry' – Emeric Billard, Independent Researcher

  • Supporting sustainable social forestry: What can we learn from the Fair Trade label movement? - Fabienne Yver, Project Coordinator, Fair Trade Advocacy Office

Final remarks

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English and French

Registration is necessary before 15 November.

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This event has been made possible with the financial assistance of the UK Department for International Development. The opinions given at the event can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the UK Government.

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European Parliament
Rue de Wiertz 60
Room A3H-1
1000 Bruxelles

Thursday, 29 November 2018 from 00:30 to 15:00 (CET)

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Fern is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) keeping track of the European Union’s involvement in forests and coordinate NGO activities at the European level. Our work centres on forests and forest peoples’ rights and the issues that affect them such as trade and investment and climate change.

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