Monday, 9 December 2019 | 16.45-18.15 | Blue Zone, Room 2

What is the role of finance and technology in catalyzing sustainable and gender-equitable change?

This event will discuss if, how and under what conditions climate finance and technology can help catalyze transformative and sustainable social change in forest landscapes.

There is considerable evidence that gender inequalities place women and men in differentiated positions regarding their abilities to respond, cope and adapt to climate change. Emerging evidence is suggesting gender-blind policy and programmatic responses can reinforce, or even exacerbate inequalities, while also jeopardizing the efficiency and long-term sustainability of emission reductions. At the same time, evidence and experiences from the ground demonstrate considerable synergies between gender equality and effective climate action, particularly in the AFOLU sector. But while addressing deep-rooted, structural inequalities is critical to effective, equitable and sustainable climate action, gender considerations have remained peripheral in climate policies and programs.

Against this backdrop, this event will discuss the potential for climate finance and new technologies in the AFOLU sector to go beyond simplistic, add-on approaches to gender equality, and instead help catalyze or support social transformation towards enhanced gender equality. Bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, including research, implementers, climate finance, civil society and policy makers, the event will explore some of the key characteristics of socially transformative finance and technology. Panelists will also be invited to critically reflect on the challenges and limitations, opportunities and enabling conditions to catalyzing sustainable and just social change through finance and technological interventions.

Moderator: Mr. Markus Ihalainen, Senior Research and Engagement Officer, CIFOR


16:45–16:50Welcome Remarks, by Dr. Amy Duchelle, Senior Scientist and Team Leader, Climate Change, Energy and Low Carbon Development, CIFOR
16:50–17:40Panel Discussions

  • Dr. Houria Djoudi, Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Ms. Titi Soentoro, Executive Director of Aksi!, member of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
  • Ms. Monica Scatasta, Head of Environment, Climate and Social Office, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Ms. Mauren Lazzaretti, Secretary of Environment, Mato Grosso, member of Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force
  • Dr. Jenna Jadin, Director of Program Coordination and Technical Services, The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC)
  • Ms. Gabriella Richardson Temm, Gender and Social Issues Coordinator, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
18:10–18:15Closing Remarks, Dr. Peter Minang, Leader, Greening Tree Crop Landscapes, ICRAF

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