Katoomba China – 1 month away



We are now just one month away from Katoomba XVIII: Forests, Water, and People, which will take place in Beijing’s Olympic Village and will be hosted by Forest Trends, the Katoomba Group, and the Capital Greening Commission of Beijing. Co-hosts of the event are the Beijing Parks and Forestry Department of International Cooperation, the Beijing Forestry Society, and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

You can find the most up-to-date info on the event here or contact Gena Gammie for more details. Click the link below to see what info we have available now.

Additional event partners include IUCN China, the China Soil and Water Conservation Association China Institute of Green Carbon, Beijing Forest Carbon Association, China Green Carbon Foundation, and Global Water Partnership China. The event is made possible by the support of our sponsors, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and New Forests, LLC. The China Environment Forum is a media sponsor of the event.

Katoomba XVIII will be composed of 3 sets of meetings:

May 15, 2013: Conversion of Cropland to Forests Program Workshop

This workshop will explore the Conversion of Cropland to Forests Program, one of the largest payments for ecosystem services programs in the world. The event is closed to the public. For information on this event, please contact Nick Hogarth at CIFOR at n.hogarth (at) cigar.org.

May 16, 2013: Katoomba XVIII: Water, Forests and People – Public Meeting

The meeting will focus on identifying and supporting solutions to the water crisis for an urbanizing world, from national and corporate policy frameworks for natural infrastructure innovation to successful models of partnering with communities on the ground.

May 17-19, 2013: Katoomba XVIII:  Improving Investments in Natural Infrastructure for Beijing’s Water Supply

This expert workshop will examine the how the cross-provincial, compensation-based watershed restoration program for Beijing’s water supply has functioned in recent years, as well as exchange between domestic and international experts around how the program could be improved to more efficiently address water supply issues. This event is closed to the public.

We’re also really pleased to announce representation at the event of partners from across the Scaling Up Investments in Watershed Services project, including:

From Peru: Vice Minister of Environment, Gabriel Quijandría and Director of International Cooperation of the National Water Authority of Peru, Walter Barrutía, and project lead Marta Echavarría

From Ghana: Densu Basin Officer of the Water Resources Commission of Ghana, Ronald Abrahams, and Chief Programme Officer, Natural  Resources Department, Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, Jewel Kudjawu

From Bolivia: Executive Director of Fundación Natura Bolivia, Maria Teresa Vargas

From Mexico: Director of Resource Economics at Forest Trends, Carlos Muñoz Piña

From the U.S.: President of Forest Trends, Michael Jenkins, Director of Forest Trends’ Water Initiative, Jan Cassin, Senior Manager of the Katoomba Incubator at Forest Trends, Phil Covell, Water Initiative Manager at Forest Trends, Gena Gammie, Research Analyst at Ecosystem Marketplace/Watershed Connect, Genevieve Bennett, and Program Management Associate with the Katoomba Incubator (and newest member of the water initiative team!) Jennifer Baldwin.

Mark Kieser, Senior Scientist at Kieser & Associates, who has contributed to analysis for the Rimac watershed project in Peru, will also be joining the team, as well as his colleague Andrew Fang, who has begun to provide some support to the demonstration project in Beijing.

We’re also very pleased to have represented Francois Muenger and Christophe Boesch from the SDC headquarters in Bern, Switzerland, as well as Phillipe Zahner of SDC, based in the Swiss embassy in Beijing. In addition, we’ll be pleased to be joined by Boniface Kiteme Director of Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL Development (CETRAD), a Kenyan NGO supported by SDC’s water programme, and Otto Simonett, a cartographer working with SDC’s water programme.

Finally, we will of course be joined by our partners and staff in Beijing, including Michael T. Bennett, senior advisor to Forest Trends, and all of our colleagues at Beijing Forestry Society, led by Wang Xiaoping, and IUCN China, led by Zhu Chunquan.

A special thanks to our partners at Beijing Forestry Society, who have been tremendous in the preparations and planning for the event, especially Wang Xiaoping, Chen Junqi, Li Hao, and Shen Qianqian.

Katoomba XVIII: Forests, Water, and People will be covered live on Watershed Connect. This page will round up that coverage, including relevant articles published before and after this event.

We’re looking forward to seeing some of you in Beijing and to continuing discussions that come out of the meeting with all of you!

For more info on this event, contact Gena Gammie – ggammie [at] forest-trends.org.

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