Day 1

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

08:00 – 09:00

Registration & Visit the Exhibition

09:00 – 10:00

Opening Ceremony:    Welcome by Host Country and LAC Carbon Forum Partners

·    Sergio Cabral, Governor, State of Rio de Janeiro

·    Representatives from Forum Partner Institutions

10:00 – 11:00

Keynote Address:  

·    Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC Secretariat (Video message)

·    Carlos Klink, National Secretary for Climate Change and Environmental Quality – Brazil

·    Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro*

10:45 – 11:15

LACCF 2013 Press Conference - Meeting room: Queluz I & VII

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break & Visit the Exhibition

11:30 – 12:30

Plenary 1:   Climate Action in Cities

By 2050, global urban population is estimated to grow to 6.4 billion. Annual GHG emissions of the world's largest 100 cities are equivalent to an estimated 75% of emissions in EU countries. Scaling up actions for low carbon city development would substantially reduce emissions and enhance resilience. Working with cities matters: what is needed to trigger climate action at scale? Panelists will discuss mitigation potential and options in cities as well as different alternatives to strengthen resilience, present solutions that cities need, and how to catalyze financing for low-carbon city development.

Moderator:  Suzanna Kahn, Deputy Secretary, Green Economy, State of Rio de Janeiro


·        Rodrigo Rosa, Special Advisor for Sustainability, City of Rio de Janeiro

·        Senobia Josefina Hidalgo, Director, Environment Department, Municipality of Cali, Colombia

·        Cristina Mendonca, City Director, Rio, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

·         Susana Muhamad, Secretary General, City of Bogota, Colombia*

·        Sebastian Scholz, Senior Environmental Economist, Cities Climate Action Task Force, World Bank

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break & Visit the Exhibition

13:30 – 14:45

Plenary 2:   Mapping Carbon Pricing Initiatives Around the World

GHG emissions in developed nations have shrunk since 2009, alongside the economic downturn and financial crises in their economies. Since then, forecasts indicate that the Kyoto and European markets are oversupplied, and the absence of long-term solutions for those markets led carbon prices to reach historic lows in 2013. At the same time, new carbon pricing initiatives at regional and domestic levels are moving faster than ever in both developed and developing economies. With a regional perspective and focus on Latin America, this plenary aims to assess where we stand and explore future possible scenarios.

Moderator: Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)    

Presentation: Alexandre Kossoy, Senior Financial Specialist, Climate Policy and Finance, World Bank - PDF 


·        Pedro Moura Costa, President, Bolsa Verde do Rio (BVRio)  

·        Philipp Hauser, Vice President, Carbon Markets, GDF SUEZ Energy Latin America

·        Marcelo Teixeira, Latin America Correspondent, Thomson Reuters Point Carbon

15:00 – 15:15

Short Break

15:15 – 16:15

Plenary 3:   Scaling-up Carbon Finance: Building upon Lessons and Experiences from the CDM

For more than a decade, the CDM has made a considerable contribution to global mitigation efforts and to sustainable development through the mobilization of technologies and capital in developing countries. Although far from a perfect instrument, CDM remains yet the only global carbon finance instrument and is likely to play a significant role in the transition to up-scaled mitigation mechanisms. Panelists will discuss how CDM lessons learned and its reform can serve as a stepping stone to a successful transition to future market mechanisms.

Moderator: Victorio Oxilia, Executive Secretary, Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE)


·        Jørgen Fenhann, Senior Researcher, UNEP Risø Centre - PDF 

·        Hugh Sealy, Vice Chair, CDM Executive Board

·        Ricardo Esparta, Director, EQAO

·        Camilo Rojas, Principal Executive, Environment Department, CAF - Latin American Development Bank - PDF 

·        Jorge Barrigh, Director General, Ecoressources

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee Break & Visit the Exhibition

16:45– 17:45

Plenary 4:   Building a Globally Connected Carbon Market from the Bottom up: What is needed?

Alongside the increase in national and subnational carbon pricing schemes, it is also becoming more evident that these emerging systems are not islands unto themselves. Rather, in the future landscape of carbon markets, we will most likely see a linked network of domestic and regional markets. Policymakers will be confronted with questions of how to measure the comparability of efforts among markets and relative to a variety of other issues. This plenary explores the many opportunities of a globally connected carbon market and aims at answering the question of what it takes for connected markets to ensure scaled up emissions reductions at the lowest possible cost with as much certainty and predictability as possible?

Moderator:  Neeraj Prasad, Manager, Climate Change Practice, World Bank Institute    


·        John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC Secretariat

·        José D. Miguez, Director, Executive Secretariat, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil

·        Andrei Marcu, Senior Advisor, Carbon Markets, COP19 Polish Presidency

·        David Antonioli, Chief Executive Officer, VCS Association

18:00 – 18:45

Side Event Session: Policies and Strategies for Sustainable Hydropower: The Jirau CDM Project  

Presentation:  Philipp Hauser, Vice-President for Carbon Markets at GDF SUEZ Energy Latin America

Meeting room: Louvre III & IV


Day 2

Thursday, August 29, 2013

08:00 – 09:00

Registration & Visit the Exhibition

09:00 – 10:00

Plenary 5:   Planning and financing a Low Carbon Future in Latin America

A transition to a Low Carbon Development Pattern in the LAC region is estimated to need US$40 to US$80 billion per year. Leveraging these resources will need a significant effort from both public and private sectors in the innovative use and development of financial instruments and mechanisms. While Low Carbon Development can be achieved through a variety of tools, Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) are increasingly becoming a central financial planning instrument for the national and sub-national development. This plenary will discuss the overall financial challenges for LAC to move to a low carbon development pattern and a more inclusive green growth and the opportunities, conditions and best practices in leveraging financing and planning low carbon development.

Moderator:  Omar Ramirez, Secretary of State & Executive Vice-President, National Council for Climate Change, Dominican Republic


·        Andrea Guerrero Garcia, National Coordinator, Colombian Low Carbon Development Strategy

·        Ronaldo Seroa, International Expert, Ecometrika

·        Maria Netto, Lead Financial and Climate Change Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

·        Guilherme Guimarães Martins, Manager, Environment Department, Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)

·        Ronald Granados, Directory Member, Financial Agency for Development (AFD)

10:15 – 10:45

Coffee break & Visit the Exhibition

10:45 – 11:45

M1- Integrating Climate Change Mitigation into National Development Planning: A look into sectorial mitigation plans

The Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) is a multi-stakeholder, bottom-up and country driven process. It seeks to identify, prioritize and validate cost-effective and pro-development transformative mitigation programs. This session will discuss the linkage between LEDs processes and the formulation of sectorial mitigation plans. The speakers will share their experience regarding the identification, prioritization and preparation of sectorial mitigation programs in the context of their national strategies.

Moderator:  Miriam Hinostroza, Head of Programme, Low Carbon Development UNEP Risø Centre


·       Diana Barba, Climate Change Mitigation Advisor, Ministry of the Environment & Sustainable Development, Colombia

·       Paola Visca, Economist, Climate Change Unit, MVOTMA, Uruguay

·       Damiano Borgogno, Coordinator, Low Emission Capacity Building Programme, Costa Rica

·       Christophe de Gouvello, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank Brazil Country Office

10:45 – 11:45

T1 - Can NAMAs drive a shift towards Sustainable Transportation?

In Latin America and the Caribbean the transport sector accounts for a large share of country GHG emissions, with projections foreseeing further increase in emissions. As countries in the region move towards more sustainable transportation, including reducing the demand for travel, switching to low-carbon paths and improving energy efficiency of transport modes and vehicle technology, many are considering NAMAs as an integral part of their strategy for reducing sector emissions. From Costa Rica to Chile, national and local governments are considering the implementation of transport NAMAs as an enabling mechanism to provide additional financing. The session will focus on experiences of national and local planners and practices to improve the integration of NAMAs in national and local sustainable transport plans, the related benefits, and some of the challenges of such integration.

Moderator: Harald Diaz-Bone, Transport and Climate Change Specialist, GIZ


·                         Diego Enriquez,  Climate Change Focal Point,  Environment Secretariat, Municipality of Quito - PDF 

·          Angela Reinoso, MAPS Project  Coordinator, Ministry of Environment, Chile - PDF 

·          Leiner Vargas Alfaro, Researcher, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica - PDF 

         Felipe Targa, Associate Researcher, Universidad de Los Andres, Colombia

10:45 – 11:45

F1 - The Evolving-Landscape of Climate Finance

Despite a growing volume and a variety of public, private and multi-lateral entities involved in international climate finance, developing countries face major hurdles in both accessing and disbursing these funds. To navigate the increasingly-complex landscape and allow these countries to access and deliver various forms of climate finance, efforts must focus on enhancing national capacities and low-carbon enabling environments. Core concepts and frameworks underpinning the quickly-evolving climate finance space - such as “climate finance readiness”, and performance indicators – are now being defined and operationalized. This session will explore these concepts, opportunities and challenges, with a focus on the Latin and South American context.

 Moderator: Katie Sullivan, Director, Climate Finance, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)


·                          Barbara Buchner, Senior Director Europe, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI)

·          Andrei Marcu,  Senior Advisor on Carbon Markets, COP19 Polish Presidency  

·                          David Abbass, Senior Public Information Officer,  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

·                          Hernan Carlino, Coordinator, Climate Change Studies Centre, Fundacion Torcuato Di Tella (FTDT)

11:45 – 12:00

Short break

12:00 – 13:00

M2 - On the road from PoAs to NAMAs: Lessons for the design of robust scaled-up mitigation programs

Even though the rules and procedures for NAMAs have not been agreed on, there are valuable lessons learned from experiences of CDM Programs of Activities (PoAs). These could be valuable to help define and establish the first NAMAs. This session will take a closer look at the lessons learned from PoAs and their potential to serve as a starting point for scaling up mitigation actions to NAMAs and sectorial approaches.

Moderator: Mauricio Zaballa Romero, Researcher, UNEP Risø Centre  


·          Wenceslao Carrera Doral, Oficina Técnica del MDL, Cubaenergía, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba

·                          Nicolás Correnti, Senior Specialist, KfW Carbon Fund

·                          Margarita Cabrera, Global Business Development Manager, MGM Innova

·          Luis Robles, Gerente de la Unidad de Cambio Climático, AENOR

12:00 – 13:00

T2 -  Bringing credibility to nascent domestic carbon markets

Fragmentation of carbon markets is in full swing and a reality that the international community, business and governments face in the interim short to medium term. While some political scientists argue that fragmentation could be advantageous for the climate negotiations, there is risk involved with variations of rules and design in different countries and jurisdictions. In this session we discuss what efforts carbon market stakeholders can take to maintain international best practice and environmental integrity across newly emerging domestic carbon market programmes.

Moderator: Kai-Uwe Schmidt, Board Member,  GHG Management Institute (GHGMI)


·          William Alpizar, Director, Climate Change Directorate, Ministry of the Environment and Energy (MINAE), Costa Rica

·          Simon Girard,  Chief Executive Officer, EcoAct

·          Shigueo Watanabe, Technical Advisory Committee, The Gold Standard Foundation

·          Magdalena Pampillo, Vice President, Markit North America

12:00 – 13:00

F2 -Climate Investment Funds: Leveraging, Learnings & Looking Ahead

Established in 2008 with $7 billion in pledged funds, the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) have become important mechanisms in supporting low-carbon and climate resilient projects in more than 45 developing counties. Exploring/exploiting? This experience will prove critical not only as CIFs evolve, but also as similar - potentially complementary - vehicles emerge both inside and outside of the UN process (e.g. Green Climate Fund). This session will combine various perspectives and will particularly focus on regionally-relevant MDB-CIF engagement (i.e. IADB, WB, IFC). It will explore the CIFs experience, prioritizing issues that are currently being directed at modifying/improving CIFs success. The session will furthermore focus on how core CIF design, governance, and deployment approaches can help to inform/improve, the development of future climate finance & investment facilities.

Moderator: Sérgio Weguelin, Former Deputy Director, BNDES' Environment Area & Former Commissioner, Brazilian Securities


·          Marco Antônio Fujihara,  Partner, Performa Investimentos

·          Hopeton Peterson,  Manager, Sustainable and Regional Planning, Planning Institute of Jamaica

·          Gloria Visconti, Climate Change Lead Specialist,  Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) - PDF 

·          Shaanti Kapila, Coordinator, Global Support Program, Climate Investment Funds (CIF)


13:00 – 14:00

Lunch & Visit the Exhibition

14:00 – 15:00

M3 - How do Carbon Pricing and Carbon Markets from the Latin American Region fit into the UN's New Market-Based Mechanisms?

Carbon pricing and market-based mechanisms to reduce GHG emissions are sprouting up around the world, with several states in the Latin American region taking the lead on the design of such mechanisms. At the same time the UNFCCC is inching ahead towards a text in 2015 that will deliver a new climate change treaty for the period post-2020. Part of this text will include designs and concepts for a framework for various approaches (FVA) that will string together the various carbon pricing instruments. These instruments are being developed at the national level and can form a new market mechanism that countries can employ to deliver emission reductions and receive carbon finance through participation. This new dynamic will change the face of international emissions trading through the UNFCCC as we know it today. By sharing experience and perspectives in this session, we can understand and identify the challenges and ideas which Latin America has on carbon markets at the international level.

 Moderator: Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)


·          Marcelo Rocha, Founder and Partner, Fabrica Ethica, Brasil

·          Daniel Ortega, Director, Environment and Climate Change,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration, Ecuador

·          Eduardo Sanhueza,  Climate Change Advisor of the Government of Chile

·          Vivian MacKnight, New Economy and Climate Change Manager, Vale*

14:00 – 15:00

T3 -Sustainable Housing in Latin America: Innovations for a climate friendly building sector

National and local governments are keen in providing social housing to cover current housing deficits and to keep pace with demand. Meeting this increase in demand in a sustainable manner is one of the challenges faced by the building sector. Several governments are taking on this challenge to design and build social housing that uses water and energy more efficiently while providing the same quality and performance. The session will focus on experiences from Mexico, Argentina and Costa Rica and on how to integrate and promote these strategies and technologies in their programs and policies.

Moderator: Carlos Ludena, Climate Change Economist, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)


·          Roy Barboza, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Housing and Human Settlements, Costa Rica 

·          Nora Prudkin,  Environment Officer, Under-Secretariat of Urban Development and Housing, Argentina

·                          Jeff Culp, Executive Director, Energy Efficiency Exporters Alliance (EEEA), Canada

·                          Monica Healy Hegewish, Consultant, Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal, Mexico

14:00 – 15:00

F3 - Climate Mitigation Efforts with Fiscal Benefits: Carbon Taxation and Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Taxing carbon and reforming fossil fuel subsidies have become increasingly interesting for countries that are looking for a cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while obtaining fiscal benefits. In an effort to shed more light on the environmental potential and its positive budgetary impact, this session invites a panel of experts to discuss the merits and challenges of taxing carbon and/or removing fossil fuel subsidies. The panellists will discuss potential impacts on greenhouse gas mitigation, international trade, distributional effects, and especially how these fiscal policies work in relation to carbon trading instruments.

Moderator: Carlos De Miguel, Head of Public Policies, Sustainable Development Unit, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and  the Caribbean (ECLAC)


·          Aloisio de Melo, General Coordinator on Environment and Climate Change  Secretariat for Economic Policy, Ministry of Finance, Brazil

·          Suphachol Suphachalasai, Policies & Methodologies, Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank

·          Karina Caballero, Professor of Economics,  National Autonomous University of Mexico

·          Ana María Majano, Associate Director, Latin American Center for Competitiveness & Sustainable Development, INCAE Business School

15:00 – 15:15

Short break

15:15 – 16:15

M4 -Assessing NAMAs for environmental integrity, development benefits and risk

NAMAs are diverse by definition, yielding asset classes that are heterogeneous in terms of their underlying risk and environmental integrity. Assessing NAMA carbon asset classes through a rating system implemented by independent rating agencies could therefore be an important institutional arrangement in establishing the relative level of risk and environmental integrity. Such a rating system could be used to create and manage fungibility across fragmented markets and could also be a valuable branding tool for market access. It may also provide an objective assessment of development benefits which could be of particular interest to investors seeking to achieve direct development outcomes as well as climate change mitigation. Panelists will exchange views on objectives, options, processes and challenges regarding the development of a NAMA assessment framework and rating system.

Moderator: Chandra S. Sinha, Lead Financial Specialist, Latin America & Caribbean Region, World Bank Institute


·                          Miguel Rescalvo,  Director, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability

·                          Matthias Boerner,  Principal Manager, KfW Carbon Fund

·          Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun, VP Business Development, Ecoressources

·          Ash Sharma, Vice President, Carbon Finance and Funds, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)

15:15 – 16:15

T4 - Derisking Renewable Energy Investments in LAC

The key challenge for policymakers to accelerate the transformation of the energy matrix is to create the conditions to make renewable energy attractive to investors and utilities without jeopardizing the attainment of other equally important development goals or placing an inequitable share of the cost burden on ratepayers. Policymakers in LAC have been exploring a broad spectrum of different policies, incentives and support mechanisms to improve the risk-reward profile of renewable energy technologies, either through reducing risks or increasing rewards. The panelist of this session will share their views and experience on efficient mechanisms that can be put in place to accelerate the investments in renewable energies and leverage the US$430 billion which are required to sustain the energy demand in LAC until 2030.

Moderator: Byron Chiliquinga, Program Manager, Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE)


·                                  Oliver Page, Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP - PDF 

·          Alexander Ochs, Director of Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute

·                          Fernando Schaich, Founding Partner, SEG Ingeniería and Director, Eólica de Uruguay

·          John Paul Moscarella, Founder and Senior Manager, Emerging Energy & Environment Group

15:15 – 16:15

F4 -The Role of National Development Banks in Catalyzing International Climate Finance

This session will review the potential role of national development banks and local financial institutions in mobilizing international climate finance for the LAC countries and the resources for National Development Banks and commercial banks to scale up investment in LAC.  The session will also present specific experiences from financial institutions in the region in regard to structuring financial mechanisms to promote climate change mitigation.

Moderator: Maria Netto, Financial Markets and Climate Change Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)


·          Luis Roberto Llanos, Deputy General Director of Business Promotion, Trust Funds for Rural Development (FIRA) - PDF 

·          Carlos Paredes, Chief, Department of Corporate Business, Infrastructure and Environment, Development Finance Corporation (COFIDE) - PDF 

·                          Franco Piza, Head of Sustainability Area, Bancolombia Group - PDF 

·                          Luis Alejandro Mejia, Manager of Ecobusiness Occidente, Grupo Financiero de Occidente

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee break & Visit the Exhibition

16:45 – 17:45

M5 -The New Carbon Trading Map: Overviews and Explanations of Emerging Carbon Markets

In 2013 policymakers from Seoul to Bogota are putting together elements of emissions trading systems at the national or sector level. Never before in the history of climate change, has this amount of national activity related to emissions trading and carbon pricing been so apparent and urgent. Keeping up to speed and tracking the progress of all these emerging emissions trading systems is both exciting and challenging. This unique workshop will bring together speakers from Latin America, China, Canada, California and the EU to talk about the emergence of emissions trading and carbon pricing around the world.

Moderator: Xueman Wang, Team Leader, Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) Secretariat, World Bank


·          Walter Figueiredo De Simoni,  Green Economy Superintendent,  State of Rio de Janeiro

·                          Myriam Blais, Coordinator, Green Technologies and Climate Change, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Quebec

·          Mary Grady,  Director, Business Development, American Carbon Registry

·          Pablo Llopis Benito, Director, Latin American Markets, South Pole Group

16:45 – 17:45

T5 - Low Carbon Development at the City-level: Valuing Services from Urban Forest Ecosystems

Urban forests contribute much more than only scenic beauty to a city. Forests positively affect the micro-climate of a city and reduce the urban heat-island-effect. This in turn leads to lower energy consumption for cooling. Forests lower the emissions profile of a city through carbon sequestration and storage. Pollution mitigation, improved water quality, reduced water run-off and social benefits through job creation, are further aspects this session will touch upon. Panelists will discuss the unique value proposition of urban forest ecosystems to low carbon development and green growth in urban environments. The urban forestry component of the Rio Low Carbon City Development Program will serve as one example. The focus will lie on the replication potential of this program for other metropolitan areas in Latin America and beyond.

Moderator: Franka Braun, Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank


·          David J. Nowak,  Project Leader,  US Forest Service, Northern Research Station - PDF 

·          Marcelo Hudson de Souza, Coordinator, Environmental Restoration, Secretary of Environment, City of Rio de Janeiro - PDF 

·          Emily Russel-Roy, Forest Program Manager, Climate Action Reserve - PDF 

16:45 – 17:45

F5 - Harnessing Public and Private Finance for the Development and Implementation of Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)

Moving from project-based to broader sectorial approaches for climate change mitigation presents an increasing challenge to secure underlying investments for, and ensuring the implementation of, GHG reduction activities with strong social, economic and environmental co-benefits. The governments will have to devise right mechanisms to provide incentives for private and public sector investments to implement mitigation actions / NAMAs. A sound combination and sequencing of different sources of funding can enable maximizing the use of scarce public funds to leverage private investments. This session will present initial experiences related to mitigation actions/NAMAs that have been designed to harness private sector investments.

Moderator: Carlos Salgado, Regional Technical Specialist, UNDP


·                           Erick Rodriguez Maldonado, Investment Banking and new Products Development, Trust Funds for Rural  Development (FIRA)

·          José Ramón Ardavín, Managing Director, Mexican Business Council for Sustainable Development (CESPEDES)

·          Manuel Cocco, Manager, Climate Change Policy Development, South Pole Carbon Asset Management


Day 3

Friday, August 30, 2013

09:00 – 10:00

M6 - Climate Leadership in Latin America: Updates on Voluntary Mitigation Across the Region

In this session we will explore the latest developments and mindsets of corporate business in Latin America and their approaches to reduce GHG emissions. We will gain an understanding of what the carbon market industry is doing in order to support infrastructure and development for voluntary offsetting. We will furthermore identify where business and government is supporting carbon reduction and offset initiatives. With representation from across the supply chain of the carbon market, we will also discuss activities ranging from project development to corporate strategy planning in order to give a real insight into actions across the region.

Moderator: Sophy Greenhalgh, Director, Voluntary Carbon Markets, IETA / ICROA


·                          Juliana Campos Lopes, Latin America Director, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

·          Pamela Mellado, Director, South America, Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

·          Gabriela Da Rocha Oliveira, Head, Latin America Research and Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

·          Veronica Lizana,  Comunications Manager, Santiago Climate Exchange (SCX)

09:00 – 10:00

T6 - Climate-Smart Agriculture put into Practice: Innovative Approaches in Latin America

Climate-smart agriculture seeks to increase productivity in a sustainable way, strengthen farmers’ resilience to climate change, and reduce agriculture’s contribution to climate change by reducing GHG emissions and increasing carbon storage on farmland. There has been a rapid uptake of this concept by the international community, however, implementing this approach is challenging. Climate-smart interventions are location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Based on their experiences with proven agricultural techniques and innovative practices, panelists will share their views on challenges and efforts to make CSA a reality at a larger scale in the region.

Moderator: Leisa Perch, Policy Specialist, World Center for Sustainable Development


·          Pablo Benitez, Senior Economist, World Bank Institute

·          Juliano J. Assunção, Director Brazil, Climate Policy Iniciative

·          Renato Brito, Coordinator, Environmental Sustainability, Ministry of Agriculture, Cattle and Supply, Brazil 

·          Laura E. Meza, Climate Change & Environment, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO

09:00 – 10:00

F6 - Scaling up Climate Change Mitigation and Development Benefits through Results-based Financing

Results-based financing can produce powerful incentives to trigger climate investments and to guarantee the generation of social, economic and environmental benefits. RBF can play an increasing role in the implementation of mitigation actions that require additional incentives to cover their incremental costs. The panelists will discuss how RBF can be incorporated into programs that offer multiple development benefits and debate around different pricing approaches.

Moderator: Mateo Salomon, Regional Technical Analyst, UNDP


·          Vladimir Ferro Ameri, General Direction of Public Budget, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Peru

·          Denise Seabra, Product Manager, Caixa Econômica Federal

·                          Mary Gómez Torres, Senior Executive, Environment,  CAF - Latin American Development Bank - PDF 

·                          Marc Andre Marr, Director, Perspectives - PDF 

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break & Visit the Exhibition

10:30 – 11:30

M7 - REDD+: Regional Perspectives of Progress for LAC Countries

Successful policy design is crucial in delivering efficient and equitable REDD+ outcomes at national level. Therefore, this session will take a closer look at the status of REDD+ in the LAC region. It will focus on the progress of designing national REDD+ strategies and supporting policies intended to enable successful implementation in LAC countries. Moreover, the countries will share their experience in the challenging process of formulating their REDD+ National Strategies and integrating them with other sectorial policies and development plans.

Moderator: Gabriel Labate, Senior Programme Officer, UN-REDD


·                       Christian Parra, Director, Climate Change Mitigation, Ministry of Environment, Ecuador - PDF 

·                   Simone Bauch,  Senior Climate Change Specialist,  Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

·                       Ludovino Lopes, Partner, Ludovino Lopes Lawyers

·                  Jorge Mario Rodriguez, Executive Director, National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO), Costa Rica


10:30 – 11:30

F7 - Innovative Financial Instruments for Climate Mitigation

This session will analyze the innovative financial mechanisms available (such as green bonds, guarantee schemes, etc.) which are currently being implemented in the LAC region as well as other regions for climate change mitigation activities. In particular, it will look at specific case studies and experiences on how investment risks were managed and financial mechanisms structured – both from the demand- as well as supply-side of financing.

 Moderator:  José Juan Gomez, Financial Markets Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)


·          Alvaro Silveira, Partner, Atla Consultoria

·          Pierre Langlois, President, Econoler

·          Daniel Magallon, Managing Director, Base Energy Ltd. - PDF 

·          Enrique Nieto, Chief, Sustainable Project Finance, Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), Mexico

11:30 – 11:45

Short break

11:45 – 12:45

M8 - Financing the Efficient and Low Carbon Cities of the Future

Efficient, low carbon city development requires ongoing investments across a variety of sectors that span the urban landscape. Cities are using diagnostic tools, such as the Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE), to prioritize sectors and interventions with significant energy and emissions savings potential. Once investments have been identified, how are they financed? This session will focus on how cities are identifying a pipeline of low carbon investments, as well as new opportunities and methods for financing them. Energy efficiency, with its potential to reach across many urban sectors, will be highlighted to provide tangible examples of low carbon investments. Panelists will discuss their experience identifying and prioritizing energy efficiency investments in cities, as well as new financing mechanisms being explored in cities throughout the Region and around the world, such as project bundling.

ModeratorLuiz Maurer, Principal Industry Specialist, Climate Business Group,  International Finance Corporation (IFC)


·          Rodrigo Rosa, Special Advisor for Sustainability,  City of Rio de Janeiro

·          Henrique Paiva, Sustainability Manager, Corporate Sustainability (CS), Siemens AG

·                          André Nascimento,  Senior Business Executive, LIGHT Esco

·                          Matthew Wilson, Project Development Leader, Urban Programs, CH2M Hill

11:45 – 12:45

T8 -  Moving towards Low Carbon Technologies and Cleaner Production Processes

The focus of this session will lie on low carbon development/green growth in the industrial sector in the region. This sector plays a vital role in future economic growth in the Latin American and Caribbean countries. Historically nonetheless, the growth in industrial activities has been accompanied by growing GHG emissions. The session will therefore focus on mitigation opportunities, tools and mechanisms to decouple from a business as usual path for growth, and to shift to low carbon development in the industrial sector. Especial attention will be given to the issue of how the deployment of new technology and innovative energy efficiency measures are helping the industries to improve their efficiency as well as reducing GHG emissions.

Moderator: Pía Zevallos, Gerente de Proyectos, Libélula Comunicación Ambiente y Desarrollo SA.


·          Jorge Rogat, TNA Project Manager, UNEP Risø Centre - PDF 

·          Marc Andre Marr, Director, Perspectives - PDF 

·          Daniel Bouille, Chief Executive Officer, Fundación Bariloche  - PDF 

·                                 Fabiola Suarez, Director, Corporación Ambiental Empresarial, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá - PDF 

11:45 – 12:45

F8 - New Financial Mechanisms for REDD+: Experiences in Latin America

This session aims to examine the different financial mechanisms to allow the implementation of national REDD+ Strategies and Plans in Latin America and the Caribbean countries. Panelists will explore ways of using public sector funds and other instruments to leverage private sector finance and investment for REDD+. A main focus will be to explore the role of the private sector in supporting and deploying these mechanisms and some initial experiences will be shared.

Moderator:  Jacinto Coello, REDD+ and Sustainable Land Use, UNEP Financial Initiative (UNEP-FI)


·          Luz Abusaid, Coordinator,  BIOREDD+ Program-USAID, Colombia

·          Angela Albernaz Skaf, Environmental Department, Amazon Fund, BNDES

·          Juan Carlos Gonzalez Aybar, Portfolio Director for Latin America, Althelia Climate Fund GP

·                          Florian Reimer, Forestry Project Manager, South Pole Carbon Asset Management  

14:00 – 15:15

Plenary 6:    Towards Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Economies: The Catalyzing Role of the Private Sector

Overcoming barriers to private sector investments is critical, and there are numerous and evolving financial tools for using public funds to catalyze private investment. This panel will address the strengths and weaknesses of publicly-backed financial instruments designed to attract private capital, such as concessional debt, high risk capital investment, grants, and other financial incentives. The panel will include a discussion of lessons learned that are relevant for the design of the Green Climate Fund, NAMAs and other climate finance funds.

Moderator: Patrick Doyle, Climate Change Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)


·        Marina Grossi, Managing Director, Brazil Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBDS)

·        Enrique Nieto, Chief, Sustainable Project Finance, Nacional Financiera (NAFIN)

·        Franco Piza, Head of Sustainability Area, Bancolombia Group

·        Alvaro Silveira, Partner, Atla Consultoria 

15:15 – 15:45

Closing Ceremony:   

·    Representatives from Forum Partner Institutions



Day 1: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Training session 1: Thinking Differently in an Unfavorable Carbon Market

8:30-9:30, Room Anono 1A


Summary: Taking stock of the current difficult carbon market conditions, the session will inform the participants about various new initiatives and facilities that offer support for the development and implementation of carbon mitigation programs. The session will discuss the objectives of these new initiatives, the support they offer, and the means of accessing such support. The session will provide an opportunity to interact with the representatives of the institutions that are supporting these new initiatives and an opportunity for sharing of experiences from recently executed programs.


Flordeliza Andres, UNFCCC - PDF


Kirtan Chandra Sahoo, World Bank - PDF


Training session 2: Programmatic CDM (PoA)

8:30-9:30, Room Anono 1B


Summary: The latest developments on the regulatory framework for CDM programmes of activities (PoAs) will be presented, after a brief introduction to its basics, with a focus on their practical implications for project developers. Feedback from participants will also be sought. Experience from project developers and DOEs will also be shared.


Johann Thaler, Germanischer Lloyd Certification GmbH (GLC) - PDF

Sandeep Kota, Core CarbonX Solutions Private Limited - PDF


Co-Organisers Welcoming Remarks

10:00-11:00, Room Anono 2-3


·         Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

·         Peer Stiansen, Chair, CDM Executive Board

·         Nabil Chaherli, Sector Leader, Africa Region Sustainable Development - World Bank


Plenary session 1: CDM: achievements and lessons learned. The future of the mechanism.

11:15-12:30, Room Anono 2-3

Summary: The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP1) ended on 31 December 2012. CDM modalities and procedures are in the process of revision. As Parties start the second commitment period, and prepare for a new legally binding agreement by 2020, what will the role of CDM be? The key achievements of CDM during KP1, and the opportunities for its enhanced application in current and future scenarios will be discussed.


·         Kurt Lonsway, Manager, Environment and Climate Change Division, African Development Bank


·         Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

·         Glenn Hodes, Senior Advisor, UNEP Risoe Centre  - PDF

·         John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC  - PDF

·         Kadio Ahossane, Member, CDM Executive Board  - PDF

·         Neeraj Prasad, Manager, World Bank Institute


Roundtable session 1: Up scaling the CDM: linkages between PoAs, standardized baselines,

and sectoral approaches, NAMAs, NMM

14:00-15:00, Room Anono 2

Summary: CDM, especially through CDM Programmes of Activities and standardized baselines, together with tools such as positive lists and suppressed demand, is seen by many as the stepping stone to build new market mechanisms (NMMs) and NAMAs on previously gained experience and tools. The session will present the status of the discussion, and its possible implications for Africa, including for improving energy access.


·         Perumal Arumugam, Programme Officer (Team Lead), Standard Setting Unit of SDM – UNFCCC - PDF


·         Giza Gaspar Martins, DNA Coordinator, Angola

·         Bruce Wylie, Principal, Sub-Saharan Africa Office, South Pole Carbon Asset Management

·         Klaus Oppermann, Sr. Carbon Finance Specialist, CPFCF - World Bank - PDF


Roundtable session 2: The contribution of CDM to sustainable development: a showcase

14:00-15:00, Room Anono 3

Summary: The CDM has two main goals: to reduce GHG emissions, and to contribute to sustainable development (SD) in its host countries. The contribution to SD has received much less attention than the contribution to mitigation. This session will provide a space to present and discuss the main contributions to SD, with focus in Africa.


·         John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms – UNFCCC


·         Ritika Tewari, Research Associate, The Energy and Resources Institute - PDF

·         Tarek Shalaby, DNA, Egypt - PDF

·         Edwin Aalders, Business Development Manager, DNV KEMA

·         Niroj Mohanty, Managing Director, Core Carbon X Solutions - PDF


Plenary session 2: Promoting Access to Energy

15:45-17:00, Room Anono 2-3

Summary: The United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative has set the context for ensuring universal access to modern energy services by 2030 at an affordable price in developing countries. This session will discuss the role that different financing instruments, including carbon revenues, can play in Africa to support private sector-driven investments to scale-up energy access projects and programs. The session will also present some of the initiatives offering results-based climate finance to promote access to energy.


·         Francoise d'Estais, Programme Officer - Energy Branch, UNEP/DTIE


·         Gareth Martin, Senior Climate Change Advisor (Africa Region), DFID, UK - PDF

·         Dereje Agonafir, Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority, Ethiopia - PDF

·         Ram Prasad Dhital, Assistant Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Nepal - PDF

·         Brice Quesnel, Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev), The World Bank - PDF


Day 2: Thursday, 4th July 2013

Training session 3: Standardized baselines under the CDM

8:30-9:30, Room Anono 1B

Summary: Participants will learn about the latest developments in the standardized baselines regulatory framework, and then focus on their application and the experience gained to date by the practitioners, as well as recommendations by the UNFCCC secretariat.


Opening Ceremony with Opening Keynote Address by the Government of Côte d'Ivoire

10:00-10:30, Room Anono 2-3


·         SEM. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister, Côte d'Ivoire

·         Dr. Allah Kouadio Rémi, Minister of Environment, Urban Sanitation and Sustainable Development, Côte d'Ivoire

·         John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC

·         Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)


Plenary session 3: Bridging Climate Smart Agriculture and REDD+: Opportunities and Challenges for a Converging Agenda

10:30-11:30, Room Anono 2-3

Summary:  Since agriculture is one of the main drivers of deforestation in the African region, there is an increasing recognition that integrated actions across REDD+ and climate-smart agriculture are necessary to increase food security, improve forest conservation and achieve sustainable development goals. This session will examine synergies among climate smart agriculture and REDD+ projects, programs, and national policies/strategies, as well as discuss ways of moving towards a cross-sectoral landscape approach.


·         Yao Marcel, National REDD+ Coordinator, Côte d’Ivoire


·         Mino Razakafoniaina, Director, National Environment Association, Madagascar - PDF

·         Hailu Tefera, Program Manager, World Vision, Ethiopia - PDF

·         Laurent Valiergue, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank - PDF


Plenary session 4: Implementation and financing challenges of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions

11:45-13:00, Room Anono 2-3

Summary: Understanding of the NAMA concept is still evolving and there is currently limited on-the-ground experience with turning the concept into concrete action. Many questions remain about the policy framework for NAMAs and how they fit within the broader international negotiations and the Durban Platform discussions of a new global agreement. The key defining criteria for a NAMA, to be comprised of voluntary, measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV) emission reduction activities provide broad guidance on how mitigation actions may be scaled up. However, the success of NAMAs will ultimately be determined by how successful public funding is in leveraging commercial investments at the necessary scale. Results-based financing might provide the still-missing incentive for the private sector to participate into positive outcomes on the ground.


·         Jelmer Hoogzaad, Senior Consultant, Climate Focus


·         Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Strategy & Policy Mechanisms – UNFCCC - PDF

·         Edwin Aalders, Business Development Manager, DNV Kema

·         Rupert Edward, Managing Director, Climate Change Capital

·         Courtney Blodgett, Carbon Project Consultant, Perspectives - PDF


Roundtable session 3: Opportunities for bioenergy development in Africa

14:00-15:00, Room Anono 2

Summary: The creation of income opportunities and extension of access to modern energy services are among the fundamental pillars to enable human development in Africa. Promoting income and energy services without relying on fossil fuels has proven to be a challenge. In this context, the planned and sustainability-oriented uptake of bioenergy can benefit many countries in Africa. This session addresses the bioenergy theme in Africa, covering its current and future linkages to global biofuels trade.


·         Henrique Pacini, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - PDF


·         Semida Silveira, Professor in Energy Systems Planning, Head of Energy and Climate Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden - PDF

·         Charles Jumbe, Researcher, University of Malawi - PDF

·         Emmanuel Ackom, Senior Scientist & Manager, UNEP Risoe Centre/GNESD - PDF


Roundtable session 4: Financing Low Carbon Development in Africa Using Voluntary Carbon Markets

14:00-15:00, Room Anono 3

Summary: Outside of the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), there are carbon financing options available for emissions reduction projects in Africa. Voluntary transactions provide funding for initiatives that can have carbon and non-carbon benefits, such as health impacts, improved water security and biodiversity, among others. These highly charismatic projects have the potential to gain the revenues necessary to sustain their positive impact. This session brings together voluntary project developers to discuss the opportunities and challenges of using voluntary standards and financing for low carbon development projects in Africa.


·         Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)


·         Gloria Gonzalez, Senior Associate, Ecoystems Marketplace - PDF

·         Tom Morton, Director, Project Development, ClimateCare - PDF

·         Jacopo Vissetti, Carbon Trader, AitherCO2 - PDF


Roundtable session 5: Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Agriculture Sector: Early Lessons

15:45-17:00, Room Anono 2

Summary: Nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) in the agriculture sector can accelerate countries’ processes toward achieving increased productivity and food security while at the same time mitigating climate change impacts by carbon sequestration through sustainable land management policies and practices. NAMAs can also be an important option for accessing new sources of finance for sustainable development. This session will discuss early lessons and key considerations for planning successful agricultural NAMAs that help scale up best practices in the region.


·         Laurent Valiergue, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank


·         Fred Kossam, Ministry of Natural Resources,Energy and Environment, Malawi - PDF

·         Daniel Benefoh Tutu, Senior Programmes Officer, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana.

·         Daniel Fikreyesus, Manager, Echnoserve, Ethiopia - PDF


Roundtable session 6: Measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) in the evolving carbon markets

15:45-17:00, Room Anono 3

Summary: New market mechanism, NAMAs, national and bilateral schemes, all require appropriate monitoring and reporting to ensure emission reductions are real and to gain credibility, especially when such reductions will be counted towards crediting. Proper MRV will be crucial to ensure the success of mitigation actions, but MRV is a complex series of processes that need to be implemented with a challenging balance between stringency and complexity, as the CDM has shown. This session will present the current status of MRV discussions, and share recommendations for successful implementation.


·         Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Strategy & Policy Mechanisms - UNFCCC


·         Harikumar Gadde, Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank - PDF

·         Perumal Arumugam, Programme Officer - Standard Setting Unit, UNFCCC - PDF

·         Yamide Dagnet, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute - PDF

·         Jens Killian Wentrup, Director, Perspectives - PDF


Day 3: Friday, 5th July 2013

Training session 5: Nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs)

8:30-9:30, Room Anono 1A

Summary: Participants will have the opportunity to learn about how to formulate a NAMA through practical selected examples from emerging experiences in sectors/countries in the region. The examples will focus on challenges and pitfalls with regards to stakeholder engagement, data gathering and institutional issues and MRV systems when formulating a NAMA.


·         Jens Killian Wentrup, Perspective - PDF

·         Marie-Claude Bourgie, EcoRessources - PDF

·         Chebet Maikut, DNA Focal Point, Uganda


Plenary session 5: Finance for Low Carbon Development

09:45-11:00, Room Anono 2-3

Summary: Private sector investments are essential for enabling low carbon development and public funds can play an important role in leveraging private finance. This session will explore the possibilities to scale up finance for low carbon development and how to overcome existing investment barriers for private sector engagement. It will look into the opportunities under the Green Climate Fund and ways for promoting public-private partnerships to mobilize private sector financing. This session will also examine the role of regional and national development banks in catalysing positive investment climates for low carbon development in Africa.


·         Todd Ngara, Senior Scientist, UNEP Risoe Centre


·         Neeraj Prasad, Manager, World Bank Institute - PDF

·         Geoff Sinclair, Head of Carbon Sales & Trading, Standard Bank - PDF

·         Joseph Murabula, East African Development Bank - PDF

·         Lloyd Chingambo, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyds Financials Limited/ACCE


Roundtable session 7: Experiences in promoting Low Carbon Development Strategies

11:15-12:30, Room Anono 2

Summary: Low carbon development strategies (LCDS) provide countries with opportunities to decouple economic growth from high greenhouse gas emissions. Effective integration of low carbon development strategies in national development plans result in overall economic growth but with reduced carbon footprint. Based on initial experience in Africa in LCDS this session will discuss the required enabling systems and institutional structures and building blocks for establishing effective national LCDS framework. It will also discuss some of the challenges hindering the development of LCDS in African countries and how to overcome these hurdles.


·         Emmanuel Ackom, Senior Scientist, UNEP Risø Centre


·         Daniel Benefoh Tutu, Senior Programmes Officer, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana - PDF

·         James Ogunleye, Project Developer, Carbon Limits Nigeria - PDF

·         Mulugeta Mengist Ayalew, Comparative Legal and Economic Researcher, Ethiopia

·         Martin Kaspar, Programme Manager Climate Change/Environment, European Commission - PDF


Roundtable session 8: National REDD+ Strategies in Africa: Regional perspectives on the

progress, opportunities and challenges for finance and implementation

11:15-12:30, Room Anono 3

Summary: Through the assistance of multilateral and bilateral funding initiatives for REDD+, developing countries are progressing on their readiness activities for national REDD+ implementation. This session will hear from two African countries presenting their national REDD+ strategies and discuss the financial challenges for project and national implementation. Furthermore, this session will explore opportunities for engaging the private sector in REDD+ investments in Africa. Based on emerging findings from piloting REDD+ activities, different means for financing REDD+ are explored and evaluated.


·         Yao Marcel, National REDD+ Coordinator, Côte d’Ivoire


·         Niklas Hagelberg, Programme Officer UN-REDD, UNEP - PDF

·         Jacinto Coello, Representative, UNEP FI - PDF

·         Titus Zulu, Assistant Director of Forestry (REDD+) Department of Forestry, Malawi - PDF

·         Tamrini Said, Member of National REDD+ Task Force, Tanzania - PDF


Plenary session 6: New Market Mechanism and Framework for Various Approaches

14:00-15:15, Room Anono 2-3

Summary: Part of the work being implemented by Parties during 2013, and leading towards a future global agreement by 2015, is the design of the new market mechanism (NMM) and the definition of rules of the framework for various approaches (FVA). The Polish presidency of COP19 is already working to set up a pilot NMM after the conference in November. This session will analyze the latest status of the design of the NMM and the FVA, and the opportunities they could present for the continent.


·         Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Strategy, Collaboration & Communication, UNFCCC


·         Marie-Claude Bourgie, EcoRessources - PDF

·         Andrei Marcu, Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) - PDF

·         Klaus Opperman, Sr. Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank - PDF

·         Martin Kaspar, Programme Manager Climate Change/Environment, European Commission - PDF


Closing Ceremony

15:30-16:00, Room Anono 2-3

The Africa Carbon Forum seeks to showcase the efforts taken to encourage and deliver low carbon investments across the continent. Governments want to continue economic growth and rising living standards, but also consolidate development by creating cleaner, more sustainable economies. Market based approaches have the opportunity to achieve this, and this Africa Carbon Forum has shown the many different mechanisms available now and in the future. The Forum concludes with speakers from the organisers providing their closing remarks.






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