Duncan Brack, Paola Despretz, Jon Shepard, and Yulia Stange. Introductions by Imad Ahmed
Join the conversation as The Liberal International British Group, in partnership with The Paddy Ashdown Forum, welcomes four speakers with expertise in forestry to discuss their perspectives on the current state of deforestation, and strategies we must pursue if we hope to halt further destruction of critical forests. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions for the panelists.
Duncan Brack is an environmental policy analyst focused on forest issues. He is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and an associate of Forest Trends. From 2010-12 he was Special Advisor to Rt Hon Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Paola Despretz is an Economist working in the Earth Observation and Natural Resources practices at Vivid Economics. She has extensive experience in forestry and sustainable cocoa in West Africa. Paola leads Vivid's analytical and engagement work to deliver a real-time deforestation monitoring tool in Côte d'Ivoire and Perú. Her engagement work includes assisting the Ivorian REDD+ Secretariat in the design of its National Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation + (REDD+) Strategy. Paola holds and MSc in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris.
Jon Shepard is a director at the Global Development Incubator. He is supporting the establishment of Emergent, a non-profit funded by Norway and the Rockefeller Foundation to catalyze the flow of private sector capital towards the protection of tropical forests at national scale through the issuing and sale of 'REDD+' carbon credits.
Yulia Stange is Senior Manager of the Climate & Forests Programme at Client Earth, which works to improve forest governance, support forest legal refor, and reduce global trade in illegal timber. The programme also advocates for regulations that address the overseas impact of forest-risk commodities such as palm oil, soy, cocoa and beef, and strengthens forest provisions in EU free trade agreements.