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Opening Plenary: Welcome and Setting the Context

Leadership from the Government of Peru will articulate their vision of development for the country and Tropical America and the opportunities they see for achieving this vision, setting the stage for the event.
  • Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment
  • Javier Ocampo, Regional President, San Martin
  • Moderators: François Münger, Head of Global Water Initiative, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Michael Jenkins, President, Forest Trends

Panel 1: Interaction and Integration in Socio-Ecological Systems

People and the ecosystems that support them are inseparably intertwined, even if these linkages are not always fully understood. This panel will articulate the importance of taking a systems view by discussing the biophysical, economic, and social linkages that connect the fates of climate, forests, water, and people.
  • Moderator: Yolanda Kakabadse, President, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • Almir Surui, Chief Paiter Surui, Brazil
  • Dan Nepstad, Senior Scientist and Executive Director, Earth Innovation Institute
  • Tundi Agardy, Director, Marine Ecosystem Services Program, Forest Trends
  • Miguel Saravia, Executive Director, CONDESAN

Panel 2: Why Our Policies Need Greater Alignment (Water-Agriculture-Finance-Forests-People)

An integrated vision of sustainable development calls for alignment of the policies and strategies  which aim to guide our complex socio‐ecological systems. This panel will consider the imperative and  opportunities for alignment from a range of perspectives.
  • Moderator: Carlos Loret de Mola, Founding Partner, BIOSFERA
  • Carlos Gustavo Cano, Co-Director, Bank of the Republic ofColombia
  • Francisco Dumler, Secretary General, National Water Authority
  • Jason Morrison, Technical Director, UN CEO Water Mandate
  • Jorge Alberto Aldazabar, Regional President, Madre de Dios

Panel 3: Aligning Subnational Strategies with Sustainable Supply Chains & National Policies

Progress towards innovative solutions for development and environmental protection occurs  through interplay between national and subnational levels of government. From jurisdictional REDD  programs to investments for watershed services projects to sustainable supply chains, this panel will  discuss the effective coordination of national and subnational objectives to maximize outcomes. 
  • Moderator: Gustavo Suarez de Freitas, Director, National Program for the Conservation of  Forests of Peru
  • William Boyd, Senior Advisor and Project Lead, Governors Climate and Forests Task Force
  • Fernando Momiy, President of the Board, National Sanitation Service Superintendence of  Peru (SUNASS)
  • Dande Tavares, CEO, Company for Development of Environmental Services of Acre
  • Carlos Muñoz Piña, former Head, Environmental Economics and Public Policy Research  Division, Instituto Nacional de Ecología of Mexico (INE)

Panel 4: Food, Energy, and Water Security in a Changing Climate

Transforming food, energy, and water demands from a vicious cycle to a virtuous nexus is an  opportunity for climate security, community resilience, and sustainable development. This panel will  examine how new governance structures for integrated water resources management can help to  align these traditionally splintered sectors, how we can make better decisions when facing great  uncertainty, and how the public and private sectors can better coordinate to move toward a virtuous  food-energy-water-climate nexus.
  • Moderator:  Jorge Caillaux, President, Peruvian Society of Environmental Law 
  • Juan Carlos Sevilla, Head, National Water Authority of Peru
  • Bernardo Roca Rey, President, Apega – Peruvian Gastronomy Society
  • Cesar Augusto Garcia, Director of Science and Technology, Colombian Cattlemen  Federation (FEDEGAN)
  • François Münger, Head of Global Water Initiative, Swiss Agency for Development and  Cooperation

Panel 5: Policies and Incentives for Forests, Water, and Indigenous Peoples

Forests and land use will be a central component of the regional strategy to climate mitigation and  adaptation. Forests are often home to indigenous peoples, who must be engaged in discussions and  decision - making around reducing emissions from deforestation and other incentive - based  mechanisms to support forest conservation – that addresses not only climate change but culturally  and economically important biodiversity, and sufficient water for people and nature.  
  • Moderator: Connie Campbell, Amazon Conservation Coordinator, USAID
  • Fabiola Muñoz, Director of Forest General Direction of Ministry of Agriculture
  • Rosalia Arteaga, President, Fundación Fidal
  • Edwin Vásquez, General Coordinator,  Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA)
  • Christo Marais, Chief Director, Natural Resources Programmes, Department of  Environmental Affairs of South Africa

Panel 6: Protecting Natural Infrastructure Amidst Economic Integration and Investments in Gray Infrastructure

Billions of dollars are flowing into the region every year to build infrastructure like highways, dams,  and railroads. Balancing this investment with the need to protect the world’s largest, most diverse  contiguous tropical rainforest is one of the greatest challenges we face today. This panel will share  experience from across the region; explore how innovative new policy and economic instruments,  like biodiversity offsets (compensación), regional funds, and others may be able to address this  challenge; and identify what else is needed.
  • Moderator: Patricia León, Director, World Wildlife Fund Peru
  • Rodrigo Suarez Castaño, Director of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment of Colombia
  • Juan Chang, Climate Change and Sustainability, Inter American Development Bank
  • Gabriel Quijandría, Vice Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources, Ministry  of Environment of Peru
  • Guido Bocchio, President, Water Committee, National Mining, Petroleum, and Energy  Society

Panel 7: Leveraging Climate Finance for Sustainable, Inclusive Development

While motivated by the need to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and to help developing  countries adapt to climate change, climate finance need not be invested apart from a strategic and  well - coordinated strategy for development. As climate finance touches upon the management of  natural resources, its deployment may be designed and leveraged to support fully - functional  ecosystems and vibrant communities. This panel will explore the pros, cons, and challenges of  designing climate finance for sustainable, inclusive development, and how the UNFCCC,  governments at multiple levels, and communities themselves can advance this vision. 
  • Moderator: Gayatri Acharya, Sector Leader: Infrastructure, Environment, Rural and Social
  • Martha Isabel Corzo Ruiz, Director, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, Mexico
  • Hugo Wiener, President, Agrobanco
  • Andreas Dahl - Jørgensen, Director of Policy, Climate Advisers
  • Jorge Gastelumendi, Senior Policy Advisor, International Climate Policy, The Nature  Conservancy

Closing Plenary: The Path Forward

The outcome of the Closing Plenary is to be determined at the event.
  • Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment of Peru
  • Carl Hausmann, Global Policy Advisor, Bunge Limited
  • Carlos Gustavo Cano, Co-Director, Bank of the Republic of Colombia
  • Yolanda Kakabadse, President, WWF International