• Thematic Track 13
  • 3 December 2021
  • JST 11:00 - 12:00 (GMT+09:00)

Zero Deforestation in Supply Chain of Imported Agricultural Commodities

  • English (Simultaneous interpretation)

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from tropical deforestation in 2020 were more than double Japan's total emissions, mainly due to the expansion of agricultural land. It has been rapidly reaffirmed on an international level that tropical deforestation is linked to consumption in countries like Japan that import agricultural products from areas experiencing deforestation. The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), adopted at the UN Climate Summit in 2014, includes the goal of “zero deforestation in the agricultural supply chain”. This session will share a report from the international network for monitoring the progress of the NYDF, for which IGES serves as an Assessment Partner, with information on the NYDF’s recently updated goals, relevant Japanese policies and initiatives by the private sector.

The NYDF integrates forest-related goals in existing international agreements in various fields, such as climate change, biodiversity, and SDGs, and sets ten goals adopted at the UN Climate Summit in 2014. It is supported by governments, the private sector, and NGOs, including Japan.

Agenda
  Presentation title Speaker
11:00 Opening UMEMIYA Chisa, IGES
11:01 Scene setting YAMANOSHITA Makino, IGES
11:05 The New York Declaration on Forests in a Post-Glasgow World Clea Paz-Rivera, UNDP
Erin D. Matson, Climate Focus
11:35 Imports of forest-risk commodities by Japan and the impacts on global forests SAMEJIMA Hiromitsu, IGES
11:50 Q&A, Panel Discussion UMEMIYA Chisa
Clea Paz-Rivera
Erin D. Matson
SAMEJIMA Hiromitsu
12:00 Closing UMEMIYA Chisa
Speakers

Research Manager, Climate and Energy Area/Biodiversity & Forests Area, IGES

UMEMIYA Chisa

UMEMIYA Chisa

Research Manager, Climate and Energy Area/Biodiversity & Forests Area, IGES

Chisa leads research projects that support developing countries to implement climate actions in the context of sustainable development. This includes assessing the international framework on support for developing countries, monitoring capacity building actions and evaluating technical assistance projects implemented by donor agencies. The most recent work includes ‘Analysis of the Global Database of National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Capacity in Developing Countries’ aimed to inform the future planning of the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency under the UNFCCC through evidence-based research.

Trained as a forest scientist, she also conducts research in the land use and land-use change (LULUCF) sector, which is one of the major emissions sources for developing countries. This includes “Assessment of Soil Carbon Stock Changes due to Land Use Changes” and “Assessment of Capacity Building for Implementing REDD-plus (reducing emissions from deforestation and other forest activities) in Thailand”. She is also certified as an expert for the technical assessment of forest reference emissions levels for REDD-plus under the UNFCCC.

She has worked with international collaborations in Asia in capacity building for the enhanced transparency under the Paris Agreement. Other than leading the organization of regional knowledge-sharing workshops on the enhanced transparency since 2017, she plans and implements mutual learning programs between Asian countries on the preparation of biennial transparency reports in the Paris Agreement.

Before joining IGES, she was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellow, working as an exchange researcher at Kasetsart University's Faculty of Forestry in Thailand. She also worked for the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office (GIO) of the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba. She received her Ph.D. from Waseda University in Tokyo (Doctor of Human Science). She has served as a part-time lecturer at several universities in Japan.

Joint-Programme Director, Biodiversity & Forests Area, IGES

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YAMANOSHITA Makino

YAMANOSHITA Makino

Joint-Programme Director, Biodiversity & Forests Area, IGES

Dr. Yamanoshita has been carrying out research on climate change mitigation measures in the area of forests, focusing on the capabilities of local communities. She joined a forest-carbon project with local communities in Vietnam as an expert and experienced many difficulties through the project development process. At the same time, she is also analyzing global climate change and forest mechanisms such as A/R CDM and REDD+. She is currently interested in designing a global mechanism to motivate local communities in developing countries to manage forests by reflecting their reality and supporting their capability development.

Senior Consultant, Climate Focus

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Erin D. Matson

Erin D. Matson

Senior Consultant, Climate Focus

Erin is a Senior Consultant at Climate Focus. She co-coordinates the annual New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Progress Assessment, a collective effort of 28 research organizations and NGOs who track progress toward global forest goals. A former organic urban farmer, Erin has over a decade’s experience in sustainable food systems. Her work focuses on sustainable supply chains, climate and forest policy, and forest conservation and restoration.

Research Manager, Biodiversity & Forests, IGES

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Hiromitsu SAMEJIMA

Hiromitsu SAMEJIMA

Research Manager, Biodiversity & Forests, IGES

Dr. Hiromitsu Samejima received his Ph.D in Science from Kyoto University and is presently working as a senior researcher in the Biodiversity and Forests Area, IGES. Prior to joining IGES in 2015, he worked at the Center for Ecological Research, the Graduate School of Agriculture, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.

His areas of research include ecology, natural resource use, REDD+, sustainable forest management, and responsible timber production and trade.

Some recent major publications (all in Japanese) are "The State of the World's Tropical Forests (Consumer Cooperative Research. 2021)", "Efforts of European wood-related businesses in response to the EU Timber Regulation (Timber Information, 2021)", "Trends in wood and wood product production in Indonesia (Forestry Economics Research, 2020), and "Handbook on the Clean Wood Act (IGES, 2020)".

Senior Programme Manager, New York Declaration on Forests, Climate and Forests Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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Clea Paz-Rivera

Clea Paz-Rivera

Senior Programme Manager, New York Declaration on Forests, Climate and Forests Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Clea is an advisor with the New York Declaration on Forests Global Platform at UNDP’s Climate and Forests team, specialized in forests and climate change, conservation planning, natural resource management, and public policies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. She holds a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida and has more than two decades of experience working with developing countries and multilateral programs, with emphasis in Latin America. She previously worked as UNDP’s REDD+ Regional Technical Advisor for LAC, the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat in Geneva, Conservation International Bolivia, and Bolivia’s National Herbarium.

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