Department of Forestry Professor presents at Climate Action 2016 Summit

MSU Department of Forestry Professor David Skole will present at the Climate Action 2016 Summit.

MSU Department of Forestry Professor David Skole will present at the Climate Action 2016 Summit, scheduled May 5-6 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. Leaders from national, regional and local government; business and civil society will convene to demonstrate and highlight collaborations that can help create a more sustainable future. The Summit follows the April 22 Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations. The Paris Agreement is a universal, landmark policy that directly impacts climate change through reducing industrial and land use emissions. Research and activities at the MSU Department of Forestry support this historic climate deal through reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation. The Department is honored be a part of this conference and to encourage worldwide education through activities like the MSU Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management Graduate Certificate program.

Skole will present in a forum on “Carbon Monitoring in Support of the Paris Climate Agreement” with University of Maryland Professor Matt Hansen, Global Forest Watch/World Resources Institute Research Manager Nancy Harris and Dr. George Hurtt, a collaborator on multiple research projects including the North American Carbon Program and NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System. They will discuss the need for robust monitoring tools to decrease the effects of deforestation and promote forest conservation, management and sustainability. Presenters will highlight methods to track forest area and carbon stock change, tools for implementation and models for estimating forest carbon sequestration potential. They will also illustrate how the growing availability of technology and data will empower countries to measure and increase progress, as it relates to the net zero emissions agreements.

Co-hosts for Climate Action 2016 Summit include:

  • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group
  • Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Founding Partner, Compact of Mayors
  • Dr. Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility
  • Dr. Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, World Business Council on Sustainable Development
  • Nigel Topping, Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business
  • Dr. Wallace Loh, President, University of Maryland

A full list of speakers and the Climate Action 2016 Summit agenda is linked here

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