Africa’s highly forested, low deforestation nations play a significant role in global carbon sequestration, yet their value is under-recognised and their share of climate funding inadequate. Join us in a pre-COP26 debate to explore how countries such as Gabon can realise the value of their forests in a way that is both climate-positive and economically sustainable.

Hosted by the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, LSE in association with forestLAB, a partnership between The African Conservation Development Group, LSE’s Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, and the University of Stirling.


Introduction to forestLAB

Baroness Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics
Zac Goldsmith, Minister for the International Environment and Climate, and UK Animal Welfare and Forests
Professor Alistair Jump, Dean of Faculty of Natural Science, University of Stirling
Prof. Alfred Ngomanda, Commissioner General, Centre for Scientific and Technical Research, Gabon

Panel Discussion

Dr Lee White, Minister of Forestry and Environment, Gabon
Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale, Chairman, African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change
Berta Pesti, Head of the Secretariat of Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) at UNDP
Alan Bernstein, Chairman, The African Conservation Development Group

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