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The RRI Dialogues on Forests, Governance and Climate Change are designed to foster critical reflection and learning on forest governance, the rights of forest communities and Indigenous Peoples, and forest tenure in the context of global action to combat climate change, including reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). This series builds on the discussions of the International Conference on Rights, Forests and Climate Change, convened by RRI and Rainforest Foundation Norway in October 2008.


The RRI Dialogues have focused on a variety of topics, including the role of forest governance in achieving reduced emissions from deforestation, the status of forests in the global negotiations on climate change, and the implications of Copenhagen (COP15), Cancun (COP16) for forest communities and Indigenous Peoples. To date, RRI Coalition members and other co-organizers have held twelve meetings in this series, with others planned for 2013:

  1. July 2009 (London, U.K., co-hosted by Chatham House)
  2. October 2009 (Washington, D.C., co-hosted by Chatham House and World Resources Institute)
  3. January 2010 (London, U.K., co-hosted by Chatham House)
  4. April 2010 (London, U.K.) 
  5. June 2010 (Washington, D.C.)
  6. August 2010 (Kathmandu, Nepal, co-hosted by the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal)
  7. September 2010 (San Salvador, El Salvador, co-hosted by Asociacion Coordinadora Indigena y Campesina de Agroforesteria Comunitaria Centroamericiana, the Programa Salvadoreno de Investicagicion Sobre Desarollo y Medio Ambiente, and the Comicion Centroamericana deAmbiente y Desarrollo) 
  8. October 2010 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, co-hosted by the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia)
  9. February 2011 (London, U.K.)
  10. September 2011 (The Hague, The Netherlands, co-hosted by Oxfam and EcoAgriculture Partners)
  11. October 2011 (London, U.K., co-hosted by RRI Partners Forest Peoples Programme and Forest Trends)
  12. November 2012 (Washington, D.C., organized in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy)
  13. March 2013 (Yaoundé, Cameroon, co-organized by COMIFAC, MINFOF, and IUCN)
  14. March 2013 (Bogotá, Colombia, organized in collaboration with Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad)
  15. March 2014 (Washington DC)