Webinar: Net zero and zero deforestation: Assessing the potential impacts of the EU deforestation regulation in Brazil

Event date: September 6, 2023

Wed, 6 Sep 2023 14:00 – 15:30 BST, Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Oxford, UK and online

Net zero and zero deforestation: Assessing the potential impacts of the EU deforestation regulation in Brazil

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Ecosystem protection is crucial for achieving net-zero targets and providing multiple benefits for human wellbeing and biodiversity. In Brazil, halting deforestation has the potential to achieve 60% of Brazil’s net-zero pledge as discussed in last year’s ONZ Webinar Series.

In this hybrid webinar by Oxford Net Zero and the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, we will explore the implications of trade agreements for addressing deforestation in Brazil. Our Research Fellow, Aline Soterroni, will present findings of her ongoing research, based on scenarios modelling and developed in collaboration with colleagues from various institutions. Aline will walk us through the link between net-zero emissions and zero-deforestation, and her quantitative assessment of the impacts of recent EU deforestation regulation (EUDR) in preventing further deforestation in Brazil. Discussions will explore the challenges and opportunities of the EUDR and the national initiatives in Brazil regarding deforestation control, as well as transparency and traceability in agricultural supply chains. Furthermore, the discussion will provide policy recommendations aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of trade agreements followed by an opportunity to put your questions to speakers.

On the panel will be:

  • Aline Soterroni, Fellow in Nature-based Solutions, Oxford Net Zero and Nature-based Solutions Initiative
  • Fabiola Zerbini, Director of the Department of Forests, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil
  • Rachael Garrett, Moran Professor of Conservation and Development at Department of Geography & Cambridge Conservation Initiative, University of Cambridge
  • André Vasconcellos, Global Engagement Lead, Trase and Global Canopy
  • James Allen, Executive Director, Olab, food systems and nature-based solutions (Chair)

This event is hybrid. When you Sign up on Eventbrite you can choose to attend in-person (at the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Oxford, UK) or online via Zoom.

This event is the first in a series organised by Oxford Net Zero’s Fellows. Other events in the series:

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SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Aline Soterroni

Aline is a Research Fellow at the Department of Biology of the University of Oxford working on the Nature-based Solutions (NbSI) and Oxford Net Zero (ONZ) initiatives. She has experience with regional partial equilibrium land use modeling for quantitative environmental policy evaluation with a particular focus on Brazil. Her research has provided science-based results to inform local stakeholders and policymakers. As part of NbSI and ONZ, Aline is interested in understanding the synergies and trade-offs between net zero policies and biodiversity conservation, including the role of nature-based solutions in climate mitigation efforts. She is also interested in evaluating policies regarding ecosystems protection connected to forest-risk supply chain agreements. Aline has a PhD in applied mathematics from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (2012). She is also a Guest Research Scholar at the Integrated Biosphere Futures Research Group of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program.

Rachael Garrett

Rachael is Moran Professor of Conservation and Development at Department of Geography & Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Her research examines the drivers and impacts of land change, primarily in forest landscapes, and the effectiveness and equity of forest conservation and sustainable agriculture policies and practices. She works closely with farmers and national agriculture and forestry agencies. Rachael’s research spans Brazil, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Switzerland, and the Republic of Georgia.

André Vasconcellos

André is the Global Engagement Lead at Trase and member of the Trase Management Team. Based in Oxford, André coordinates the team’s engagement activities involving dialogue and solutions building with global actors to make agricultural commodity supply chains more sustainable. Over the last five years his work has focused on deforestation and supply chains, with a particular emphasis on the exposure of Chinese and European markets to deforestation and climate impacts. He has almost 15 years of experience in the development and implementation of projects focused on the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, environmental regularisation, ecological restoration and forest certification. He holds a degree in Ecology from the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) and an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation from the University of Oxford.

Fabiola Zerbini

Fabiola is currently the Director of the Department of Forests at Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment. She has taken on leadership roles in various multi-stakeholder platforms since 2002, including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA), and WRI Brasil. Her background is in lawyer, and she holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of São Paulo. Fabiola has a strong interest in fostering responsible value chains, combating deforestation linked to commodity production, and combining research and action to advocate for Brazilian forests as ecological, economic, and social assets, ensuring food, climate, and water security for the Brazilian people and the world.

James Allen

James works as a facilitator and consultant on food systems and nature-based solutions. He is the founder and executive director of Olab, a Brazilian strategy consultancy, that has been leading the facilitation of multi-stakeholder solutions for addressing commodity-driven deforestation. Prior to Olab, James was the Brazil country representative for Fauna & Flora International, and has worked for both the Brazilian and UK governments in Africa.

 

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