29 - 30 MAY 2014
U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, USA


Opening up new economic avenues

This session will be dedicated to analysing the potential of large-scale restoration to stimulate economic activities and new businesses. It will address the following topics:

  • Is there a business model for large-scale restoration?
  • Is there an industrial know-how for implementing restoration efforts? 
  • What are the main incentives and business opportunities?
  • How to value the benefits created by restoration?
  • Is it possible to have a return over investments?
  • Insights for investments
  • Public sector financial/funding arrangements
  • Public-private-partnerships packages
  • Innovative opportunities
  • Market mechanisms
  • What are the legal constraints?
  • How should legislation evolve to foster restoration initiatives to take place? 
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Jonah Busch

Research fellow, Center for Global Development
Jonah Busch is a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He is an environmental economist whose research focuses on the economics of forests and climate change. Busch is the lead developer of the OSIRIS suite of open-source software tools for estimating and mapping the benefits and costs of alternative policy decisions for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Busch has advised on REDD+ for several governments worldwide. He serves on the editorial board of Conservation Letters and the Technical Advisory Panel of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility among others. Busch served in the Peace Corps as a math teacher. Prior to joining CGD, Busch was the Climate and Forest Economist at Conservation International.

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Jean-Luc François

Director, Agriculture, Rural Development and Biodiversity, Agence Française de Développement
Since September 2009, Jean-Luc François is Director of the Division for Agricultural and Rural Development and Biodiversity at the Agence Française de Développement. The AFD, a public institution devoted to France’s bilateral development assistance, supports the farming, forestry and conservation sector and policies, particularly through grants and soft loans to countries, companies or civil society organizations. From 2005 to 2009, Jean-Luc François was Deputy Director for food security at the Direction for Global Public Goods at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. From 1981 to 2005, he worked in Thailand, Congo, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Ethiopia as an expert sent by France to assist these countries’ administrations and then at the services for cooperation within the embassies.
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Mauricio Moura Costa

Co-founder and Chief Operational Officer, BVRio
Mauricio is co-founder and Chief Operational Officer of the Brazilian environmental exchange BVRio; co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BVTrade, BVRio's electronic platform and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of E2 Socio Ambiental, a company dedicated to the development, financing and management of social and environmental financing projects. Before founding BVRio Mauricio was a regional director for Latin America for EcoSecurities, a world leading carbon markets company. Before joining EcoSecurities Mauricio acted as a lawyer admitted in the Brazilianand the Portuguese bar. Mauricio has a PhD in Law from Paris II University in 1996. Mauricio was a professor of European and competition law in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro and author of several articles and publications.
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Philippe Vallette

Director General of Nausicáa, Member of the Blue Society Expert Group, France
Philippe Vallette is an oceanographer. He worked for marine laboratories before devoting himself completely to Nausicaá, a complex of international standing devoted to the discovery of the marine environment and to increasing public awareness of the need for a better sustainable use of the oceans. In recent years, he has concentrated on developing the World Ocean Network, an educational world organisation whose members are aquariums, science centres, museums and educational centres under the auspices of the Global Forum on Oceans and UNESCO. He is also President of the World Festival of Underwater Pictures. In 2011, he launched a new concept the ‘Blue Society’ based on the main pillars of sustainable development (economy, society and the environment) adding culture and equity.
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Leslie Weldon

Deputy Chief, National Forest System, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service
In 2011, Leslie Weldon was named Deputy Chief for the National Forest System with the USDA Forest Service. In this role, Leslie is the lead executive responsible for policy, oversight and direction for the natural resource programs for managing the 193 million acres of National Forests and Grasslands so they best demonstrate sustainable multiple-use management, using an ecological approach, to provide benefits to citizens. During her 32-year career with the Forest Service, she has participated on numerous national and international technical and policy review activities. She has been working closely with partners from academia, conservation, as well as environmental and community groups, local government, and natural resource related businesses. She is committed to workforce diversity, leadership development, and civil rights.



The Conference has been proposed by

Veolia Institute

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US Water Science and Technology Board

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Agence Française De Développement

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International Union for Conservation of Nature

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