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Friday, April 17, 2015

Ending the Industrial Exploitation of Tropical Forests

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Session Description

This year will see new Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate deal. While leaders are focused on reducing fossil fuel consumption, we also need to preserve the rainforests or we lose the war against climate change. The forest sector is one of the hardest nuts to crack. The model of exploitation does not work, the economic thinking is flawed and fundamental change is essential. The international system is not keen on substantial change, so how do we do it? We need influential thinkers to form a new international advocacy effort to keep rainforests standing.

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Friday, April 17 SBS, Seminar 4

Session leaders

  • Patrick Alley Delegate
    Co-Founder and Board member, Global Witness
    Since co-founding Global Witness and posing as a timber buyer in Global Witness’s first investigation into the Thai-Khmer Rouge timber trade in 1995, Patrick has taken part in over fifty field investigations in South East Asia, Africa and Europe and in subsequent advocacy activities. Patrick has worked on Global Witness’s campaigns on conflict resources, notably former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s ‘arms for timber’ trade, the minerals trade in Eastern DRC and more recently the Central African Republic, as well as providing strategic direction for Global Witness’s work on forest issues, especially challenging industrial scale logging and land grabbing in the tropics. Patrick is currently leading Global Witness’ research into the failure of the predominant economic model to address inequality and environmental damage – two of the most urgent and critical issues of our time. In addition, he is involved in the strategic leadership of Global Witness.