Workshop | REDD+ in California?

Exploring linkages between California's cap-and-trade system and international programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

Friday, April 05, 2013
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Free and open to the public

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This all-day symposium will explore the potential benefits and challenges of linking programs in foreign jurisdictions directed at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) to California's cap-and-trade program as sources of offsets.  Using the recently released REDD Offset Working Group draft recommendations on this topic as a springboard, the program will include speakers from government, academia, the NGO community, and foreign subnational governments.  It will focus, in particular, on regulatory design elements and the legal and institutional mechanisms that would be required to enable California to recognize emissions reductions from jurisdictional REDD+ programs as offsets under California's cap-and-trade program.  Soliciting public feedback on the REDD Offset Working Group draft report will be a primary aim of the symposium.  

The REDD Offset Working Group (ROW) was established in February 2011 as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in November 2010 between the Governors of California, Chiapas and Acre, as part of a collaborative effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Deforestation and forest degradation account for approximately 15 percent of the world's annual greenhouse gas emissions. Comprehensive efforts to constrain the impacts of climate change will require significant global cooperation to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Based on direction in the MOU, the ROW was created with state representatives and technical experts, who serve in their personal capacities.

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Speakers include:
• Daniel Nepstad (Amazon Institute of Environmental Research; ROW)
• Michelle Passero (The Nature Conservancy; ROW)
• Jeff Conant (Friends of the Earth)
• Monica Julissa de los Rios (Institute of Climate Change and Regulation of Environmental Services for the State of Acre in Brazil)
• Alan Ramo (Golden Gate University Law School)
• William Boyd (Colorado Law; ROW)
• Ann Carlson (UCLA School of Law)
• Ludovino Lopes (Consultant to the Secretary of Environment for the State of Acre in Brazil; ROW)
• Felicia Line (Head of the Climate Change and Energy Department, Ministry of Environment and Natural History, State Government of Chiapas, Mexico)
• Tony Brunello (Green Technology Leadership Group; ROW) 

Co-sponsored by the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law; Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program, UCLA School of Law; the REDD Offset Working Group; Green Technology Leadership Group; and the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force.