Reporting from thematic seminars


Moderated by Lluís Riera, Director for Development Policy at the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, this reporting session will present the main conclusions from the thematic seminars to the plenary.


Who is in it?

Bernard Crabbé, European Commission

Crabbé is the Head Forest Sector at the Eurpean Commission, DG DEVCO. An agricultural engineer by training, with a specialization in tropical agronomy and environment, Crabbé has spent most of his professional career in developing countries. He managed rural development projects in Mali, Laos and Madagascar. He planted his first tropical trees in Timbuktu in 1991 and supported local governments and communities in promoting food security and managing water and forest resources. He then served as the adviser for environment and sustainable development matters to the Belgian Secretary of State for Development Cooperation in Brussels (Belgium). After a few years as development cooperation attaché in the Belgian embassies in Quito (Ecuador) and Dakar (Senegal), he joined the European Commission in 2008. He was head of the rural development and environment section at the EU Delegation in Kampala (Uganda), where he was in charge of a number of programmes in support of agriculture, commercial forestry, climate change adaptation and fisheries. He has been in charge of the forest sector in DG DEVCO since 2012. His team co-leads the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade. 

Laura Furones, EU FLEGT Facility

Furones is a governance and communications expert at the EU FLEGT Facility. She has worked on forest governance and human rights for more than15 years, with a focus on multi-stakeholder processes, policy development, international advocacy and capacity building. She has extensive experience in forest-rich countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and has previously worked with Global Witness, where she pioneered Independent Forest Monitoring initiatives in Honduras and Nicaragua, implemented an international project calling for increased transparency in the forest sector, and engaged on climate change negotiations. She holds an MSc in Conservation and a degree in Environmental Sciences.

Alexander Hinrichs, EU FLEGT Facility

Hinrichs is the team leader of the Asia team at the EU FLEGT Facility hosted by the European Forest Institute (EFI). He joined EFI in 2011. He supports the Facility's work in a number of Asian countries, including technical support to VPA negotiations and TLAS implementation, regional exchange (in particular under ASEAN structures) and capacity building. He has more than 25 years' experience in forest management and economics, policy and governance, timber trade and markets, forest certification, forest and climate change, and forest management by communities. He has worked with several development cooperation partners and non-governmental organisations and was based in Indonesia between 1996 and 2002. His education is from Freiburg, Germany, where he was awarded a doctorate in forest management and lectured for several years.

Fred Pearce, environmental journalist

Fred Pearce is a freelance author and journalist based in London. A former news editor of the UK-based New Scientist magazine, he has been its environment consultant since 1992, reporting from 85 countries. He also writes regularly for the Yale e360 web site in the United States, and the Guardian and other newspapers in the United Kingdom, as well as irregularly for many other outlets. He won a lifetime achievement award for his journalism from the Association of British Science Writers in 2011, and was voted UK Environment Journalist of the Year in 2001. His recent books include The Land Grabbers, When the Rivers Run Dry and Confessions of an Eco Sinner. They have been translated into 23 languages. When the Rivers Run Dry was listed among the all-time Top 50 Sustainability Books by the University of Cambridge's Programme for Sustainable Leadership.  

Lluís Riera, European Commission

Riera was the Director for Development Policy at the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development until December 2014. In this capacity he was in charge of thematic policy issues, such as sustainable management of natural resources, human development, social cohesion and employment, as well as economic development. He led the negotiation of FLEGT VPAs in Liberia, Ghana and Honduras. Riera's career at the European Commission spanned more than three decades. Before joining the Commission, Riera was a professor in International Economics in Spain at the Business School (ESADE) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He holds a doctorate in Spanish economic policy and a degree in economics.  



Andrew Roby, forestry adviser

Roby is a forestry graduate (Bangor BSc, Oxford MSc) with more than 30 years' experience in international development and the timber industry. For the first 10 years he  worked in Jamaica and Cameroon on forest management projects (plantations, natural forest, community forest) and did short forestry assignments in other parts of Africa. After completing an MBA at Henley Business School he worked as a forestry adviser and programme manager for the European Commission on Asia and Latin America, and then for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) covering West Africa. For five years he advised the UK timber trade on corporate social responsibility with a special focus on illegal logging, responsible purchasing and stakeholder relations. He has worked in Indonesia since 2007 helping to help develop a timber licensing scheme that ensures only legal timber is exported from Indonesia to the European Union. He does triathlons to fight the flab and rides a motorbike to beat the Jakartan traffic!

Julia Falconer, DFID

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