REDD+: Technical, Socio-Economic, and Political Dimensions


Conference: REDD+: Technical, Socio-Economic, and Political Dimensions


This version of the annual ELTI-PRORENA conference explores the technical, socioeconomic, and political dimensions of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ‘Plus’). If designed and implemented correctly, REDD+ has the potential to generate a valuable stream of funding for initiatives that will conserve and restore important tracts of tropical forests. Alternatively, if the mechanism fails to adequately address potential pitfalls, REDD+ could compromise local livelihoods, affect traditional uses of forests, and enhance or catalyze corruption, among other problems.

Panama has been actively engaged in international negotiations and debates regarding REDD+ and government officials, indigenous communities, NGOs, and organizations of farmers, cattle ranchers, loggers and other agents of land transformation have begun to participate in REDD+ discussions and/or trainings. Considering that REDD+ activities will likely be adopted by the UNFCCC in 2011 at COP-17 in South Africa, the time is ideal to host a national-level conference that addresses some of the key issues surrounding REDD+ in Panama and many other countries actively engaged in REDD+ preparations in the neotropics.


  1. Provide a forum for REDD+ related actors in Panama to advance their understanding of the technical, governance, and socio-economic dimensions of REDD+.
  2. Create a space for dialogue and exchange that will inform the effective design and development of a REDD+ mechanism in Panama.


PANEL 1. REDD+: the Global Scheme and Panama

  • Catherine Potvin,  McGill University/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • ANAM,  To Be Designated

PANEL 2. Technical Dimensions of REDD+

  • Helene Muller-Landau,  Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Joseph Mascaro,  Carnegie Institution for Science/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Lucio Pedroni,  Carbon Decisions International

PANEL 3. Forest Governance and REDD+

  • Benjamin Cashore,  Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Bastiaan Louman,  Tropical Agronomic Center for Research and Teaching (CATIE)
  • Alexis Alvarado,  Dobbo Yala Foundation

PANEL 4. Socioeconomic Dimensions of REDD+

  • Marina Campos,  Rainforest Foundation
  • Estebancio Castro,  International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests
  • Betanio Chiquidama,  National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of Panama (COONAPIP)
  • Rhett Butler,

PANEL 5. REDD+: Beyond Avoided Deforestation

  • Celia Harvey,  Conservation International
  • Florencia Montagnini,  Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

PANEL 6. REDD+ in Action

  • Gabriel Labbate,  United Nations Environment Programme
  • Mariana Pavan,  Institute for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas (IDESAM)
  • Lucio Pedroni,  Carbon Decisions International
  • Tiffany Potter,  Streamline Consulting Group

Looking Ahead: REDD+ Challenges & Opportunities – International and Regional Perspectives

  • Catherine Potvin,  McGill University/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Contact Information

Cecilia Del Cid-Liccardi:  [email protected]