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Rio+20 : Innovative approaches toward the actual implementation of the Green Ec
Information
  • Lead-organizer: Italy
  • 15:00 - 16:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-F

Innovative approaches toward the actual implementation of the Green Ec

Organizing partners

- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy - Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS);
- Brazilian Agency for Cooperation (ABC);
- Ministry of the Environment and Water of Bolivia - VMA - National Programme on Climate Change (PNCC);
- Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).

Introduction

Innovative approaches toward the actual implementation of the Green Economy: the Amazonia sem fogo integrated sustainable development model.

This event is expected to contribute with substantive methodological and policy lessons learned toward green economy pursuits, in the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation in forest regions.

Building upon a case study in the Amazon biome, it will promote a High Level panel review on the outcomes of an actual application of innovative green growth alternatives to unsustainable agricultural and livestock practices associated to fire-induced deforestation.

Detailed programme

Thematic focus
The side event will focus on the application of green economy principles in the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
The focal case study will be provided by a development project in the Amazon biome (the Amazonia sem fogo project) that captures the focal perspectives of both green growth and green economy concepts as defined by OECD and UNEP.
An innovative methodological approach aimed at reducing the incidence of fire-induced deforestation for agricultural and livestock production purposes will be illustrated.
Such an approach, developed and applied in the framework of an Italian-Brazilian-Bolivian trilateral cooperation programme, pursues human well-being, social equity and economic development, together with the prevention of environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and unsustainable use of natural resources.
In particular, the event will discuss the significance of the approach in terms of: 1) promoting low carbon emission and more profitable green alternatives to such destructive agricultural practices as slash-and-burn, and 2) supporting the necessary institutional changes associated with the transition to a greener economy.

Speakers
The panellists include:
- Italian Ambassador to Brazil;
- Director of Brazilian Agency for Cooperation (ABC)
- Director of Bolivian National Programme on Climate Change (PNCC)
- Director General of the Italian Development Cooperation DGCS
- Director, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)


Potential contribution to the outcome of UNCSD/Rio+20
The event aims at contributing to methodological and policy evolution toward the actual implementation of the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation in forest regions.
A High Level Institutional/Technical roundtable will debate on the outcomes and lessons learned from the application of an innovative approach to the green growth pursuits: the Amazonia sem fogo integrated sustainable development model. A model that tackles the problem related to the expansion of the agricultural frontier in the Amazon forest biome and its links with the degradation of relevant ecosystem services.
Fire-induced deforestation for agricultural and livestock purposes is a common practice in Brazil and Bolivia, and a great threat to the Amazonian ecosystems. Burning of forest plants to clear land represents one of the most important drivers to both forest impoverishment degradation and CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming.
Building upon the consideration that the incidence of man-made forest fires in the Amazon forest decreased by 80% where the model was implemented, the side event will analyse the contribution of the applied methodology to the development of policy tools and measures, toward:
- Empowering small entrepreneurs and encouraging them to play a pivotal role in the transition of the agriculture and livestock production sectors toward the green economy;
- Minimizing the impact of large scale agricultural and livestock breeding schemes on local economies and sharing with small entrepreneurs monetary and non monetary benefits generated by the implementation of green alternatives to those associated to the slash-and-burn practice;
- Developing an objective standardized model for ecosystem management aimed at integrating environmental, social and economic parameters to boost biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation efforts;
- Promoting policy changes through the active involvement of stakeholders at all levels, from rural communities, through municipalities, to national institutions.
The analytical contribution of the side event will include an assessment of the extent to which the approach successfully tested in Brazil can lead to effective guidelines for decision-making in planning and sustainable management of forest ecosystems. To this end, the results achieved by the programme will be reviewed and analysed, allowing the panel to address such issues as:
- The effectiveness of the policy models tested by the programme in influencing decision-making processes relevant to the overall sustainable management of natural resources in forest regions;
- The policy perspective for these models to effectively steer a tangible green economy transition in forest regions, while addressing both poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation issues;
- The potential for replication of these models in different institutional, environmental, social and economic contexts and/or, conversely, the need to customize the model guidelines according to local specificities, while providing context requirements for the proposed methodologies to be applied effectively elsewhere;
- The possibility for a set of standardized procedures at regional/transboundary level to be developed, basing on these models.
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