Programme: Day 1

Wednesday 24 February 2021, 11:00 – 16:55 (UTC)

Note: all timings are in UK time (UTC). The exact timings and order may change slightly as more details are confirmed. Please visit these pages for up-to-date programme information. 


Welcome and opening address

Host: Professor Alexandre Antonelli – Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

11:00 – 11:05
Welcome from the host

11:05 – 11:12 
Dr Kate Hardwick –  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Ten ‘golden rules’ for reforestation 

11:12 – 11:20
Dr Paul Smith – Secretary General, Botanic Gardens Conservation International 
Tools to support reforestation 

11:20 – 11:30
HRH The Prince of Wales 
Welcome from Kew’s Patron 

11:30 – 11:35
President Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica 
Keynote talk: Deforestation and reforestation in the tropics: The big picture 

11:35 – 11:50
Jeremy Darroch– Executive Chairman, Sky Group 
Opening words

11:50 – 11:55
Dame Amelia Fawcett – Chair of the Board of Trustees, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Opening words

11:55 – 12:10
Short break and film: Kew and Colombia

Session 1: Planting for carbon – successes and challenges from across the globe  

Global overview and international case studies, with panel Q&A 

Chair: Dr Musonda Mumba – The Rome Center for Sustainable Development, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Kenya 

12:10 – 12:15
Welcome to session 1 

12:15 – 12:30 
Professor Simon L. Lewis – University College London & University of Leeds, UK 
Can we plant our way out of the climate crisis?

12:30 – 12:40 
Dr Pedro H. S. Brancalion – University of São Paulo, Brazil 
Case study 1: Maximizing biodiversity and carbon recovery in tropical forest restoration 

12:40 – 12:50 
Dr Susan Chomba – World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Kenya 
Case study 2: Where is the evidence needed for land restoration? 

12:50 – 13:00 
Lee Dudley – Woodland Trust, UK 
Case study 3: Utilising the UK Woodland Carbon Code to address climate change 

13:00 – 13:10
Professor John Herbohn – Forest Research Institute, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Case study 4: Challenges of community-based forest landscape restoration, with a case study on the Biliran Project, Philippines

13:10 – 13:35 
Panel Q&A

13:35 – 14:00
Short break and film: Forest restoration by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Gardens, Hong Kong


Session 2: The right trees in the right place – natives vs exotics  

Presentations and panel debate  

Chair:Dr Gunter A. Fischer – Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG), Hong Kong SAR, China 

14:00 – 14:05
Welcome to session 2 

14:05 – 14:15 
Dr Baomiavotse Vahinala Raharinirina – Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Madagascar 
The use of native and exotic species in large-scale tree planting in Madagascar 

14:15 – 14:25 
Dr Patricia M. Holmes – Cape Ecological Services & Stellenbosch University, South Africa 
The problem of invasive alien trees in the Fynbos Biome, South Africa and the implications for restoration 

14:25 – 14:35 
Dr Martin Cheek – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK 
Progress with a reforestation trial of African indigenous rainforest species in Republic of Congo

14:35 – 14:45 
Mr Guaraci M. Diniz Jr. – Araribá Botanical Garden, Brazil 
Restoring the flora and fauna in the semi-deciduous Atlantic Forest of Brazil

14:45 – 14:55 
Dr Dia P. Shannon – Forest Restoration Research Unit, Chiang Mai University, Thailand 
The framework species method: The concept and its efficacy for restoring tropical forest ecosystems 

14:55 – 15:25 
Panel debate

15:25 – 15:40 
Short break and film: BGCI’s Tree Conservation Fund

Session 3: Biodiversity and reforestation – the funders’ perspective  

Keynote talk and panel discussion 

Chair: Dr Colin P. Clubbe – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

15:40 – 15:45 
Welcome to session 3 

15:45 – 16:00
Carlos Manuel Rodriguez – Global Environment Facility, USA
Keynote talk: Funding priorities for global reforestation 

16:00 – 16:45 
Panel discussion  

  • Caroline van Tilborg – HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management, UK
  • Abyd Karmali OBE – Bank of America, UK
  • Chris Bawtree – Ground Control Ltd, UK
  • Jessica Chalmers – WeForest ABSL, Belgium 
  • Dr Jean-Christophe Vié – Foundation Franklinia, Switzerland 
  • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez – Global Environment Facility, USA

Day 1 summing up 

16:45 – 16:55
Professor Alexandre Antonelli – Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 

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