Yucatan Annual Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, February 7th

All Day                        Business Meeting (Closed Session) 

Wednesday, February 8th

Centro de Convenciones Yucatán Siglo XXI

10:00 – 10:50            Opening Ceremony

11:00 – 11:45            Opening Dialogue

Governance and Public Policy for Sustainable Economic Development
High-level discussions with our host, Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal, and Governors from Brazil and Indonesia on their visions for bold subnational actions to address deforestation, tackle the climate crisis, and implement policies for a sustainable economic future.

Moderator: Dorothy Ngutter
, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General in Merida, Mexico

11:45 – 12:00             Coffee Break / Networking

12:00 – 13:00             Dialogue with Governors

Leadership Perspectives on Climate, Forests, Communities, and Governance
Leadership perspectives from governors on challenges, opportunities, needs, and investment potential in their jurisdictions and across the GCF Task Force network as GCF Task Force states and provinces implement the four pillars of the Manaus Action Plan for a New Forest Economy: Governance and Public Policy; People and Communities; Knowledge, Innovation, and Technology; and Finance, Investment, and Private Sector.

Moderator: Colleen Scanlan Lyons, Project Director, GCF Task Force Secretariat

13:00 – 14:00             Looking Ahead

Announcing Progress, Partnerships, and Commitments
Moderator: Jason Gray
, Project Director, GCF Task Force Secretariat

Join us for exciting announcements to help move the GCF Task Force forward on all of our important work, including:

14:00 – 15:30             Lunch

15:30 – 16:30             People and Communities

Challenges of Implementing the Guiding Principles for Collaboration and Partnerships between Subnational Governments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities 
This panel is organized by the Global Committee for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities of the GCF Task Force. Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities are not only key partners in addressing the challenges of deforestation, climate change, and development, they offer vital knowledge and solutions to these challenges. This panel will focus on some of the challenges – and opportunities – to implementing the GCF Task Force’s Guiding Principles for Collaboration and Partnership between Subnational Governments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. The Guiding Principles were developed by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities organizations and endorsed by the GCF Task Force governors in 2018. The Guiding Principles call for inclusive forest governance and protection and true partnership (not simply benefits sharing).

Moderator: Juan Carlos Jintiach, Executive Secretary, Global Alliance of Territorial Communities

16:30 – 17:30             Knowledge, Innovation, & Technology

Exploring Tools and Metrics to Support Results
Addressing the deforestation, climate, and biodiversity crises requires deploying innovative tools and technologies, along with incorporation of the best data and knowledge at the community, subnational, and global scales. This panel will explore various policy, technology, community, accounting, and impact assessment tools and how they can advance our collective efforts and results.

Moderator: Omshanti Romero, Operation Manager, Landscale, Rainforest Alliance

17:30 – 18:30             Finance, Investment, and the Private Sector

Partnerships, Challenges, and Opportunities
One of the key elements of the GCF Task Force’s Manaus Action Plan to ensuring successful implementation of leading programs to reduce deforestation while benefiting local communities is finance, including investment from the private sector. Some financing tools – such as carbon markets and payment for ecosystem services – require rigorous data and accounting; all financing tools require high-integrity and transparent implementation. This panel will frame perspectives of leading subnational and national governments, carbon market actors, conservationists, and indigenous and local community champions to attract longer-term, more sustainable sources of support for their efforts.

Moderator: Dr. Christina McCain, Founder and Principal, Ecosophy Collaborative Consulting 

  • Sri Wahyuni, Regional Secretary, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
  • David Yedra, Environmental Engineer, Pastaza, Ecuador
  • Elise Christensen, Climate and Forest Advisor, Norway International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI)
  • Rocio Sanz Cortes, Managing Director, Supply, Emergent
  • Eduardo Taveira, Secretary of Environment, Amazonas, Brazil
  • Laura Calderón Etter, Conservation Finance Specialist, TNC Mexico
  • Gustavo Sanchez, President of Red MOCAF and Member of the Board of Directors of the Mesoamerican Territorial Fund and AMPB

20:00                           Welcome Dinner 

 Thursday, February 9th

Centro de Convenciones Yucatán Siglo XXI

10:30 – 11:15             “Climate Change, commitment for everyone – Race to Zero”

11:15 – 11:45             Inspirational Talk “Integrative Health – Josep Soler”

11:45 – 12:00             Coffee Break / Networking

12:00 – 13:00             Governance and Public Policy

Examples of Success Across the Global GCF Task Force Network
Governance and durable public policies are essential to implementing governmental and private sector programs, attracting investment and partners, and ensuring their implementation achieves deforestation, climate, and development goals while benefiting communities and the planet. This panel will focus on successes within and across the GCF Task Force network from the perspective of hard-working civil servants, political leaders, and partners.

Moderator: Shereen D’Souza, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy & Intergovernmental Relations, CalEPA, CA, USA

13:00 – 14:00            People and Communities

Advancements in Participatory Processes
This panel is organized by the Global Committee for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities of the GCF Task Force. Increasing Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ full and effective participation in the design, implementation, and benefits of efforts to curb tropical deforestation and fight climate change is essential to ensuring our collective success. This panel will highlight inclusive participatory processes across the GCF Task Force regions and strategies for implementing the Guiding Principles.

Moderator: Shannon Dilley, Assistant Chief Council, California Air Resources Board, California, USA

  • Andrew Davis, Consultant, Climate and Land Use Alliance
  • Oloniguibiler Villalaz Arias, Assistant to the Sagla Dummad Anibal Sanchez of the Guna General Congress, Panamá, and Representative of Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB)
  • Lucía Madrid, Associate Director, Policy, ART
  • Josefina Braña Varela, Vice President and Deputy Lead, Forests, WWF US
  • Fermín Chimatani Tayori, President, Asociación Nacional de Ejecutores de Contrato de Administración de Reservas Comunales del Perú
  • Representative for COICA*

14:00 – 15:30             Lunch

15:30 – 16:30             Knowledge, Innovation, & Technology

Pushing the Boundaries for More Effective Conservation and Development
Incorporating ever-improving data, harnessing new technology platforms, and enabling governments and partners to innovate on how to implement these has resulted in some boundary-pushing initiatives to support efforts to reduce deforestation and support low-emissions development and conservation efforts. This panel will feature perspectives of environment secretaries, innovative initiatives from governments and private sector partners, and ideas on how to assess emerging technology for most effective implementation.

Moderator: Sofía García, Director of Iconic Landscape Mayan Jungle – Mesoamerican Reef, TNC Mexico

16:30 – 17:30             Finance, Investment, and the Private Sector 

What States Need to Conserve Forests and Promote Economic Development
Our final panel will focus on assessing financing and investment needs of states and provinces to conserve forests and promote economic development. From ecosystem services programs to partnership efforts with non-profits and development finance, GCF Task Force states and provinces continue to innovate, explore, and call for new partnerships to drive investment and results at scale.

Moderator: Alejandra Blanco, Director of Environmental and Ecosystem Services, MexiCO2

17:30 – 18:30            Closing Ceremony & Awards

19:00                            Closing Cocktail

Friday, February 10th

All Day                         Field Trip

* to be announced
^ to be confirmed