28 September 2021 | Reading 3 mins.

On imported deforestation

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The realities and challenges of imported deforestation, forest governance and their link with climate change

International Press Briefing

Tuesday 19 October 3-4pm CET

(In English language while experts stand ready for interviews in German, English and Spanish after the briefing)

On the road to COP26 and in cooperation with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), REVOLVE is organizing an International Press Briefing for journalists to interact with four internationally renowned political scientists and forest and land use researchers about the complexities and realities of ‘imported deforestation’.

‘Imported deforestation’ is a central theme to global climate action since what is consumed in urban areas has an impact on forests in other parts of the world; the provenance of forest-risk commodities and how to better conserve and protect forests is a key aspect to the city-forest nexus and to this Press Briefing.

The Press Briefing is exclusive to journalists and is meant to provide insights into the challenges of international forest governance and global deforestation causes and patterns to be able to cover deforestation-related climate issues in a more informed and accurate manner in the lead-up to, during and after UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow.

The briefing will provide a press release as well as FAQs, Facts & Figures, infographics & visuals on imported deforestation, land use governance and climate change, and the opportunity for further interviews with the four experts and other knowledgeable forest and land use governance specialists in German, English and Spanish.

The specialists are:

  • Dr. Metodi Sotirov

    Assistant/Associate Professor at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg i. Br., Germany
    His main areas of expertise are in forest policy, environmental (biodiversity, climate, timber trade) governance and policy integration.
  • Dr. Connie McDermott

    Jackson Senior Fellow and Associate Professor Land Use and Environmental Change University of Oxford, UK
    Her main areas of expertise are in integration of forest governance into the global climate regime, effects of market globalization on domestic forest policy, certification of forests and forest products, and related initiatives.
  • Dr. Pablo Pacheco

    WWF Global Forests Lead Scientist
    His main areas of expertise are in forest governance and institutions, global environmental change, land systems and deforestation, markets and supply chains, livelihoods and landscape change, and sustainable development.
  • Dr. Sarah Lilian Burns

    Assistant Professor at the Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias y Forestales – Universidad Nacional de La Plata Laboratorio Investigación Sistemas Ecológicos y Ambientales (LISEA), Argentina
    Her main areas of expertise are in forest policy, international regimes and Latin America.

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The specialists are:

  • Dr. Metodi Sotirov

    Assistant/Associate Professor at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg i. Br., Germany
  • Dr. Connie McDermott

    Jackson Senior Fellow and Associate Professor Land Use and Environmental Change University of Oxford, UK
  • Dr. Pablo Pacheco

    WWF Global Forests Lead Scientist
  • Dr. Sarah Lilian Burns

    Assistant Professor at the Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias y Forestales – Universidad Nacional de La Plata Laboratorio Investigación Sistemas Ecológicos y Ambientales (LISEA), Argentina