Schedule of Events - COP21

Date:  November 30, 2015 - December 11, 2015
Location: Paris, France


The Rainforest Alliance delegation will be hosting and presenting at several events at COP21, raising the importance of engaging business, communities, and government to promote sustainable land management, climate-smart agriculture, and landscape approaches to reduce deforestation through positive climate action.

If you're in Paris, we hope that you will join us. We also welcome you to stop by our exhibit booth within the UN COP21 venue.

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Please send press, media and interview queries to Donita Dooley, Sr. Manager, Media Outreach Strategy, at

Tuesday, December 1

Learning from a successful REDD+ project in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve
1PM – 2:30PM
Climate Generations Space, Room 1 (public space near Le Bourget)

This panel presentation will focus on how partnerships in the GuateCarbon REDD+ project in Guatemala were necessary to strengthen biodiversity conservation - and most importantly – how a model of community-based forest concessions on government land can provide a valuable lesson for other countries seeking to address deforestation. Speakers will include community leaders, conservation organizations, and Guatemalan government representatives that are involved in the project.

Sunday, December 6

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: A key role for integrated landscape management 
All day, Panel at 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Global Landscapes Forum (Le Palais des Congrès de Paris)

At this GLF thematic pavilion hosted by the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative (LPFN), Rainforest Alliance and other LPFN partners will discuss ways in which integrated landscape management and landscape-level initiatives can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and vice-versa. Rainforest Alliance will participate in a panel discussion at 1:45PM on business engagement in landscape approaches and the SDGs.

From farmer's fields to landscapes: Food security in a new climate regime
9AM – 1PM
Global Landscapes Forum (Le Palais des Congrès de Paris)

At this GLF thematic pavilion hosted by CCAFS, Rainforest Alliance will participate in a panel discussion on the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and their ability to sufficiently address food security, agriculture and land use.

Engaging consumers in ethical consumption
1PM – 6PM
Point Ephemere, 200 Quai de Valmy, 75010, Paris

This event and exhibit hosted by If Not Us Then Who will focus on consumer education and the importance of understanding where products come from, and the link between commodity production and deforestation. Rainforest Alliance will showcase our efforts to promote sustainable forest and agriculture supply-chains alongside other organizations, such as Code REDD and the Forest Stewardship Council.

Tuesday, December 8

Deforestation-free Agriculture: Converting pledges into action
3PM – 4:30PM
UNFCCC side event, observer room 1 at Le Bourget

At our official UNFCCC side event, Rainforest Alliance, National Wildlife Federation and SNV will discuss the critical mass of companies, governments and others needed to halt deforestation and reduce emissions in commodity supply chains. We’ll analyze and share tools and guidance needed to transform the sector in a mutually supportive and accountable manner.

GuateCarbon: A Model for Community Forestry
4PM – 6PM
Point Ephemere, 200 Quai de Valmy, 75010, Paris

Learn about the GuateCarbon project and its success as a model for community forest in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve through a partnership between the Guatemalan government and local communities to support forest conservation, local development and climate change mitigation.

Indigenous Community-led Forest Management in Peru and Guatemala
6PM – 7PM
Point Ephemere, 200 Quai de Valmy, 75010, Paris

Rainforest Alliance and AIDESEP will discuss successful experiences in Peru and Guatemala to engage indigenous communities in sustainable forest management practices and access to markets and finance and will highlight the relevance of this work in light of the emerging indigenous economy model supported by AIDESEP.


The following staff from Rainforest Alliance will be in attendance at COP21.

Name & Title Dates at COP
Ana Paula Tavares, Interim President of Rainforest Alliance December 5 - 9
Jeff Hayward, Vice President, Climate December 2 - 9
Richard Donovan, Senior VP/VP of Forestry December 3 - 9
Dominique Gangneux, VP Markets Transformation December 5 - 9
Jose Roman Carrera, Senior Manager, Strategy & Development November 30 – December 11
Eric Servat, Manager, Sustainable Value Chains December 5 - 10
Donita Dooley, Sr. Manager, Media Outreach Strategy December 5 - 9
Edward Millard, Director, Strategic Partnerships December 5 - 7
Martin Noponen, Senior Manager, Climate November 30 - December 8
Campbell Moore, Associate Manager, Carbon December 2 - 8



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