Workshop and Conference Programme

Workshop Day 1: Monday 5 September 2011
Venue: ICIMOD Headquarters

09:00-10:00

Opening of the workshop

Chair: Mr Krishna Gyawali, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Government of Nepal

  • Welcome address:
    - Dr Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD
    - Mr Matthias Jurek, UNEP
  • Purpose, goal, expected outcome, structure and process - Dr Golam Rasul, ICIMOD
  • Speech by the Special Guest - Mr MF Farooqui, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India
  • Keynote Speaker - Dr RK Pachauri, Director General, TERI, India and Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Opening speech by the Chairperson

10:00-10:30

Photo and Refreshments

10:30-12:00

Setting the stage of the workshop

Chair: Ms Shoko Noda, UNDP Country Director, Nepal

  • Presentation of the Conference background paper - Dr Golam Rasul, ICIMOD
  • Possibilities of mountain regions to go on green economy path - Prof. Gopal Kadekodi, Honorary Professor, Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research, India
  • Green economy framework - Mr Matthias Jurek, UNEP
  • Perspectives from mountains - Dr Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD

Discussion

12:00-13:00

Mountain ecosystem services - scope, opportunities and challenges in the context of the green economy

Chair: Mr MF Farooqui, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India

  • Role of Himalayan water and hydropower in the context of green economy - Dr Ramesh Anand Vaidya
  • Carbon sink potential in mountain land use systems with special reference to the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region - Dr Promode Kant
  • Mountain biodiversity and recreational ecosystem services in the context of green economy - Prof. SP Singh

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:00

Mountain ecosystem services (continued)

  • Valuation and accounting of ecosystem services - connection with environmental finance: Himalayan forest perspective - Prof. Madhu Verma
  • Governance options for sustainable mountain development: examples from the different mountain regions - Mr Matthias Jurek, UNEP

15:00-16:30

Parallel panels and working group discussions

1. Managing water for green economy and green growth

Panel chair: Dr David Molden, Deputy Director General, IWMI and Director General designate, ICIMOD

    Panellists:

  • Mr Sardar Muhammad Tariq: Policies for improving water governance for better livelihoods
  • Mr. Naseer Ahmad Gillani: Integrating development policies for water , climate change, economic growth,water markets through IWRM
  • Prof. Nayan Sharma: Management of mountain water for enhancing livelihood and promoting green economy
  • Prof. Lee Macdonald: Thoughts on quantifying payments for environmental services

Discussion

2. Carbon services in mountain systems

Panel Chair: Mr Gulam Mohammad Malikyar, Deputy Director General, National Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Afghanistan

    Panellists:

  • Prof. Dr Zhen Lin: Impacts of changing energy consumption patterns on emissions in Northwestern China
  • Dr Promode Kant: Market for carbon services: Many challenges ahead
  • Dr Purnamita Dasgupta: Beneficiaries and governance issues in promoting carbon services in mountains
  • Mr Mohammad Hashim Barakzai: Role of Rangeland in Environmental services

Discussion

3. Mountain biodiversity for promoting green economy

Panel Chair: Dr Myint Oo, Rector, University of Forestry, Myanmar

    Panellists:

  • Ms Susanne Wymann von Dach: Green economy and agrobiodiversity conservation for poverty reduction: Considerations drawn from The Agrobiodiversity Initiative (TABI) in Lao PDR
  • Prof. Amin Mridha: Conserving mountain biodiversity: policies and institutions
  • Dr Kirti Avishek: Policy gaps in mountain ecosystem of Asia: Examples from Central Asia
  • Dr LMS Palni: Sustainable Economic Development of the mountains based on its Biological Wealth
  • Mr Sworaj Kumar Banerjee: Enterprises, communities and biodiversity conservation
  • Mr Farid Uddin Ahmed: Community based conservation and management of medicinal plants

Discussion

4. Recreational and cultural services from mountain systems

Panel Chair: Dr Ganesh Raj Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal

    Panellists:

  • Prof. Dr NA Khan: Policies and institutions in promoting mountain cultural and recreational services
  • Dr Iyatta M Upreti: Ecotourism and green economy
  • Prof. Sheikh Md. Monzurul Huq: An appraisal of recreational and cultural services from mountain systems with a special focus on ecotourism

Discussion

5. Valuation of ecosystem services and policies for crediting these services

Panel Chair: Prof. Gopal Kadekodi, Honorary Professor, Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research, India

    Panellists:

  • Dr Priya Shyamsundar: Green accounting for promoting green economy
  • Dr Haripriya Gundimeda: GDP of the poor: Forests as a sustainable income for the poor
  • Mr Zuhair Munawar: Central Karakoram National Park ecosystem assessment
  • Mr Ghulam Samad: Economic instruments for promoting green economy in mountain regions - Challenges, opportunities and way ahead
  • Dr Satoshi Kojima: The importance and the limitations of conventional valuation: an alternative approach

Discussion

6. Poverty, equity, and sustainable mountain development

Panel Chair: Mr Jorn Sorensen, Deputy Country Director (Programme), UNDP, Nepal

Panellists:

  • Dr Michael Kollmair: Role of bio-trade in green economy and green growth
  • Padma Shri Dr Anil Joshi: Rural resources - towards ecology and economy
  • Dr Mohsin Iqbal: Mountain food security in the context of climate change and green economy
  • Dr Sarah Ahmed: Social equity in Green Economy
  • Dr Tian Huifang: Global policy/governance mechanisms for compensating the mountain ecosystem services

Discussion

Panellists in each group deliver 5-8 minute commentary on key issues of beneficiaries, upstream-downstream linkages, governance, markets, value of ecosystem services, role of public and private sectors, and policy issues (national, regional, and international)

16:30-17:00

Refreshments

17:00-18:00

Presentation of key messages from parallel discussions (Plenary)

Chair: Prof. Wang Yi, Deputy Director General, Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences

 

Workshop Day 2: Tuesday 6 September 2011
Venue: ICIMOD Headquarters

09:00-10:00

Key learning, experiences, and messages from the Asia-Pacific mountain regions

Chair: Mr Krishna Gyawali, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Government of Nepal

  • Presentation by Dr Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD

Panel discussion:

  • Mr Naseer Ahmad Gillani, Pakistan
  • Mr Marlo Mendoza, the Philippines
  • Mr BMS Rathore, India

Discussion

10:00-12:30

Group work

Chair: Prof. Madhu Verma

  • Identification of issues and challenges in promoting a green economy in mountain regions
  • Identification of the potential and opportunities for sustainable mountain development in the context of the green economy
  • How to create enabling conditions for promoting green economy for sustainable mountain development (policies, strategies, institutional mechanisms)
  • Identification of principles and actions that demand priority in the global green economy and Rio+20

Small task group: revision of conference background paper

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-14:45

Presentation and discussion of key messages from working groups (Plenary)

Chair: Mr BMS Rathore, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India

14:45-15:30

Reflections from the representatives of other mountain regions of the world (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Europe)

Chair: Mr Olman Serrano, Coordinator, Mountain Partnership Secretariat

Speakers:

  • Mr Miguel Saravia, Latin America
  • Matthias Jurek, Europe
  • Prof Reginald Victor, Middle East
  • Dr Chad Dear, Central Asia
  • Mr Augustino Polenza

15:30-16:00

Drawing key messages and recommendations from Workshop Days 1 and 2

Chair: Dr Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD

Presentation by a group representative

 

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 6 September 2011
Venue: Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza

18:30-19:30

Inauguration of the conference

  • Welcome remarks: Dr Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD
  • Inauguration of the conference: Lighting of the Panas by the Right Honourable President of the Republic of Nepal, Dr Ram Baran Yadav
  • Brief opening speech: Mr Robert Piper, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal
  • Overview and brief results of the two-day green economy workshop: Dr Golam Rasul, ICIMOD
  • Brief opening speech: The Special Guest - Prof Dr Surendra Raj Kafle, Vice Chancellor, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
  • Brief opening speech: The Special Guest - Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan
  • Speech by the Chief Guest: The Right Honourable Dr Ram Baran Yadav, President of the Republic of Nepal
  • Vote of thanks: Dr Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD

19:30-21:00

Dinner reception for all participants

 

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 7 September 2011
Venue: Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza

09:00-09:30

Presentation of key messages and recommendations from the green economy workshop

Chair: Dr. Andreas Schild, Director General ICIMOD Presenter: Mr Yuba Raj Bhusal, Member Secretary, National Planning Commission, Nepal

09:30-11:30

Panel discussion with key stakeholders from mountain regions and international agencies

Chair: His Excellency Mr Thomas Gass, Ambassador of Switzerland to Nepal

Panellists:

  • Mr MF Farooqui, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
  • Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan
  • Dr Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD
  • Mr Olman Serrano, Coordinator, Mountain Partnership Secretariat
  • Dr Arzu Deuba Rana, Honourable Member of the Constituent Assembly, Republic of Nepal and Regional Councillor, IUCN World Conservation Congress
  • Prof. Wang Yi, Deputy Director General, Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Reflection on workshop messages, recommendations, and key questions
  • Interactive discussion between the panellists and audience
  • Conclusion of the conference messages

11:30-12:00

Refreshments

12:00-13:00

Way forward: sustainable mountain development and Rio+20

Chair: Dr Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD

  • Linking to the Global Mountain Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland - Mr Olman Serrano, Coordinator, Mountain Partnership Secretariat
  • Vision and commitment to advance the mountain agenda
    • Representatives from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Way forward: sustainable mountain development and Rio+20 (contd.)

  • Representatives from other mountain regions
  • Representatives from international agencies
  • Scientists/experts

• Conference declaration - Road map to Rio+20

15:30-16:00

Closing remarks by Mr Mathias Jurek, UNEP and Dr Andreas Schild, ICIMOD

Next steps and vote of thanks - Dr Eklabya Sharma, Director of Programme Operations, ICIMOD

16:00-16:30

Press conference

16:30-18:00

Cocktail reception