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ERT/TAKG/Winrock Symposium
Leveraging multiple environmental markets to support conservation projects in Latin America
Cartagena, Colombia
February 18-19, 2007

Environmental Resources Trust (ERT), Winrock International and the Tropical America Katoomba Group (TAKG) share the pleasure to host the symposium: Leveraging multiple environmental markets to support conservation projects in Latin America.

Scope:
To identify a strategy and design activities to capture opportunities and remove constraints to bundling market-driven payments for water, carbon and biodiversity services in support of forest conservation in the Amazon Basin and tropical America.

Objectives:

  1. To review opportunities and constraints to support forest conservation projects through the combined use of multiple market-based mechanisms that pay for the water, carbon and biodiversity services provided by conservation activities
  2. To agree on the key elements of a forward-looking strategy focused on institutional reforms and practical activities required to facilitate the use of multiple environmental services markets in support of forest conservation.
  3. To outline a plan for facilitating the implementation of this strategy

Participants:

  • Active buyers of carbon, water and biodiversity services in the Amazon Basin and tropical America
  • Forward looking developers and funders of conservation projects in the Amazon Basin and tropical America

Location and Date:

  • Hotel Charleston, Cartagena, Colombia
  • February 18-19, 2007
Sunday, February, 18, 2007

9:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Registration

9:30 am to 9:45 am

Welcome
Wiley Barbour, ERT and Michael Jenkins, The Katoomba Group

9:45 am to 11:00 am

Introductory presentations
Carlos Muñoz, Instituto Nacional de Ecologia Mexico Environmental markets, opportunities for Latin America
Cristobal Sequeira, Coalition of Rainforest Nations Integrating conservation in the Kyoto Protocol’s framework. Current developments and emerging issues
Alice Le Blanc, AIG The insurance industry perspective: what buyers of environmental commodities look for
3 Minutes Working Groups Promo

11:00 am to 11:15 am

Break

11:15 am to 12:35 pm

Case studies: Environmental markets for conservation
Marta Echavarria, Ecodecision Water quality payments to conserve watersheds, protect biodiversity and fix carbon in Northern Tropical Andes
Renzo Paladines, NCI Investing in hydropower to finance conservation. 
Kenneth MacDicken and Aaron Dushku, Winrock International Creating environmental commodities: the perspective from the field, case studies
Alberto Paniagua, REDLAC Building capacity to support environmental funds and conservation

12:35 pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch & Keynote address
Maria Claudia Garcia Davila, Ministry of Environment, Colombia Building a National Framework for Payments for Environmental Services. The case of Colombia.

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Working Group 1:
Designing Projects and funding mechanisms that leverage multiple environmental markets

Working Group 2:
Operationalizing projects that leverage multiple environmental markets to support conservation activities

Working Group 3:
Building policy frameworks to integrate conservation with global carbon markets

5:00 pm to 5:10 pm

Break

5:10 pm to 5:40 pm

Working groups progress reports

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

“Ideas fair” and cocktail party

 
Monday, February 19, 2007

9:00 am

Working Groups re-convene

9:00 pm to 12:30 pm

(Cont.) Working Group 1:
Designing Projects and funding mechanisms that leverage multiple environmental markets
WG Lead:
Marta Echavarria, Ecodecision

(Cont.) Working Group 2:
Operationalizing projects that leverage multiple environmental markets to support conservation activities
WG Lead,
Kenneth MacDicken, Winrock International

(Cont.) Working Group 3:
Building policy frameworks to integrate conservation with global carbon markets
WG lead:
Robert Wolcott, US Environmental Protection Agency

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Plenary session – working groups presentations and panel
Each working groups is invited to prepare a presentation in which they illustrate the results of their discussion. The presentation will serve as a guide for plenary discussion. For the presentations we suggest the following outline:

  • Key opportunities/problems/issues pertaining the topic discussed by the working group
  • Practical strategy to achieve positive change (inclusive of priorities for action)
  • Specific initiatives and project(s) proposed
  • Propose next step activities

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Closing