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How do we stop deforestation?

April 27, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place London SW1A 2HE

Please note that due to coronavirus restrictions this will now be an online forum.

Directions for joining the meeting:


To attend, please register yourself a free account on the event website prior to the event, which commences at 6:30pm on Monday 27th April. This website is:

To register, you will need to provide your name, email address and state your organisation, for which you can use 'LIBG''. You will need to create a password but can omit the 'job title' box.
The Liberal International British Group welcomes three speakers to share their ideas on how to and how not to stop deforestation.
Duncan Brack is an environmental policy analyst focused on forest issues. He is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and an associate of Forest Trends. From 2010-12 he was Special Advisor to Rt Hon Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Paola Despretz is an Economist working in the Earth Observation and Natural Resources practices at Vivid Economics. She has extensive experience in forestry and sustainable cocoa in West Africa. Paola leads Vivid's analytical and engagement work to deliver a real-time deforestation monitoring tool in Côte d'Ivoire and Perú. Her engagement work includes assisting the Ivorian REDD+ Secretariat in the design of its National Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation + (REDD+) Strategy. Paola holds and MSc in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris.
Jon Shepard is a director at the Global Development Incubator. He iss supporting the establishment of Emergent, a non-profit funded by Norway and the Rockefeller Foundation to catalyse the flow of private sector capital towards the protection of tropical forests at national scale through the issuing and sale of 'REDD+' carbon credits.​