Materials and Agenda for the 10th Forum, August 2021

Session 1: Deep decarbonization and the role of AFOLU

Session 1 Zoom Recording
Access Passcode: 10FA2021

Session Chairs: Sara Ohrel (EPA) and Tony Lemprière (Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada)

Part I: Country policies and the role of AFOLU
00:00 - Welcome Information on the Forum and overview of next 3 sessions
04:00 - Carlyn Smyth, Session Two
05:20 - Jeffery O'Hara, Session Three
07:45 - Canada: Tony Lemprière, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
18:45 - United States: Christine Dragisic, US Department of State

Part II: Different perspectives on role of AFOLU in deep decarbonization efforts in the United States and Canada: How do we actually get there - challenges and opportunities.
28:40 - Allen Fawcett, Environmental Protection Agency
38:40 - Emily McGlynn, UC Davis
51:20 - Susan Cook-Patton, The Nature Conservancy
1:03:35 - Ronnie Drever, Nature United
1:14:20 - Melanie Plett, Government of British Columbia
1:25:50 - Sarah Ohrel and Tony Lemprière: Moderated Panel Discussion
1:36:20 - Audience Q&A

Session 2: State-of-the-art assessment of mitigation potential from forestry and agriculture

Session 2 Zoom Recording
Access Passcode: E+t.7f

Objective: What role can forests and agricultural lands play in land-sector mitigation and net zero targets? Forest and agricultural models are under continuous development to reflect the latest data and science. In this session, we will examine recent assessment and modeling of pathways for mitigating GHG emissions from land-using sectors that assesses the potential contribution of these sectors to GHG mitigation for the U.S., Canada, and at the global level.

Session Chairs: Carolyn Smyth (Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada) and Robert Beach (Research Triangle Institute)

07:05 - Bronson Griscom, Conservation International: Global mitigation potential from land-using sectors. Comparison of global and country-level mitigation potential from land-using sectors based on synthesis of existing literature and modeling using integrated assessment models (IAMs)
25:40 - Andre Depperman, Internationa Institute for Applied Systems Analysis: Modeling of land-based mitigation. Discussion of latest global and regional results from GLOBIOM as well as IAMs.
49:10 - Sara Ohrel, Environmental Protection Agency: US mitigation potential from agriculture and forestry. Latest modeling of potential US mitigation, using multiple state-of-the-art agriculture and forest sector models.
01:08:00 - Brian McConkey, Viresco Solutions Inc.: Nature-based agricultural solutions for GHG mitigation for Canada. Assessment of the contributoins of natural climate solutions from the agricultural sector to Canadian GHG mitigation.
01:30:30 - Werner Kurz, Natural Resources Canada: The Carbon Balance of Canada's Forest Sector: Opportunities for Natural Climate Solutions or threats from Climate Change? Discussion of the potential for natural climate solutions from the Canadian forest sector under cimate risk.
01:45:45 - Discussion and Q&A

Session 3: The implementation of offset markets for GHG mitigation

Session 3 Zoom Recording
Access Passcode: 10FA2021

Objective: This session seeks to evaluate issues related to current offset markets and/or implementation strategies. Following an overview, we have a panel with four speakers that represent: a) agricultural commodities, b) Native American landowners, c) small-scale foresters, and d) corporate offset purchasers.

Session Chairs: Jeff O'Hara (USDA), Greg Latta (University of Idaho), Jan Lewandrowski (USDA)

00:00 - Jan Lewandrowski, Ron Sands, Sara Ohrel Introduction and housekeeping
05:45 - Broad overview of market-based approaches: Kate Zook - USDA

28:30 - Shelby Myers, American Farm Bureau Federation: Opportunities and Challenges for Growers in Developing Carbon and Ecosystem Credit Markets
49:00 - Greg Latta, University of Idaho: A Brief Look at Forest Offset Participation in the United States
01:10:30 - Bryan Van Stippen, National Indian Carbon Coalition: Development of Carbon Projects on Indigenous Lands
01:32:00 - Christine Cadigan, American Forest Foundation: Unlocking the Climate Potential in America's Family-Owned Forests

Session 4: Modeling to inform policy: Research needs and recent advances

Objective: The ability of models to inform policy is directly tied to their ability to represent the various options, constraints, and trade-offs that lie at the heart of current policy deliberations. This session will feature talks highlighting the continuing top-down challenges associated with representing forestry and agriculture in Integrated Assessment Models informing climate policy at the highest levels, while detailing several improvements that are helping to better represent distributional impacts and the interrelationship between climate change and mitigation opportunities from the bottom-up. The session will close with a look to the future, recapping what we’ve heard across the previous sessions and teeing-up the issues to be discussed at the next Forum.

Session Chairs: Ron Sands (USDA), Christopher Galik (NC State University)

02:20 - Ron Sands, USDA-ERS: Role of forestry and agriculture in Integrated Assessment of climate change
15:13 - Maksym Chepeliev and Uris Baldos, Purdue University: U.S. climate policy revisited: Implications for land systems change, water use, and nitrogen leaching
43:13 - Alla Golub, Purdue University: Costs of forest carbon sequestration in the presence of climate impacts
01:07:58 - Kate Larsen, Rhodium Group: What do policy makers need to know?
01:35:05 - Sara Ohrel, EPA: Closing Session: 10th Forestry and Agriculture GHG Modeling Forum: Taking stock and looking forward
01:46:00 - Christopher Galik, NC State University

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sara Ohrel, Chair
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U.S. Department of Agriculture
Ron Sands
Jeff O'Hara
Elizabeth Marshall
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RTI International
Robert Beach
Alice Favero
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Canadian Forest Service & Natural Resources Canada
Carolyn Smith
Nicoas Duval-Mace

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University of Idaho
Greg Latta
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NC State University
Justin Baker

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