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February 2022

POSTPONED: Results based payments and REDD+ safeguards: Challenges for demonstrating and verifying the social and environmental integrity of Verified Emission Reductions at national and jurisdictional scale

February 18 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm GMT
Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street
Oxford, OX1 3BD United Kingdom
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Image: CIFOR Unfortunately we have had to postpone this seminar - a new date will be fixed in due course. OCTF seminar followed by Q&A - all welcome Speaker:  Daniela Rey Christen, Director, Climate Law and Policy Billions of dollars of results-based financing for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) at national, and jurisdictional scale is expected to be delivered over the next 5 years through voluntary markets or results-based payments (RBP) schemes such as the World Bank’s Forest…

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Forests in a changing world: narratives, responses, and outcomes

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm GMT
Online United Kingdom
Free

BOOK HERE for this OCTF online seminar (via Zoom) followed by Q&A - all welcome Speaker:  Pablo Pacheco, PhD, Global Forests Lead Scientist, WWF Forests are a central part of the climate change and biodiversity agendas, which are strongly connected to perspectives on just and sustainable rural transitions. These views have triggered actions on deforestation-free and nature positive and inclusive supply chains. While there is urgency to accelerate transformative actions, there is recognition that the progress has been slow. This…

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March 2022

Earth history coupled with eco-evolutionary processes explains the uneven biodiversity across tropical moist forests

March 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm GMT
Online United Kingdom
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BOOK HERE for this online seminar (via Zoom) followed by Q&A - all welcome Speaker:  Dr Oskar Hagen, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research The biodiversity found across tropical moist forests, the most species-rich terrestrial biome on the planet, varies broadly between the high diversity of the Neotropics and Indomalaya and the relatively lower diversity of the Afrotropics. Explanations for this “pantropical diversity disparity” (PDD) remain contested, mainly due to the difficulty in teasing apart the effects of contemporary climate…

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Shifting disturbance regimes and the lessons to be learned from forests on the edge

March 18 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm GMT
Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street
Oxford, OX1 3BD United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by Q&A - all welcome BOOK HERE to attend in person BOOK HERE to join online Speaker: Dr Adam Pellegrini, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge Disturbances are fundamental ecological processes that structure the biodiversity, biogeochemistry, and services within ecosystems. However, novel disturbance regimes are perturbing ecosystems to such an extent that they are undergoing a variety of transformations with uncertain long-term implications. To illustrate the impact of changing disturbance regimes on ecosystems over multiple decades, Adam…

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Forest dynamics in a changing world

March 25 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm GMT
School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by Q&A - all welcome Speaker:  Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, Lecturer in Global Forest Ecology, University of Birmingham BOOK HERE to attend in person BOOK HERE to join online Forest dynamics dictate the terrestrial carbon sink generated by the disequilibrium between biomass productivity and biomass loss via tree mortality. Whilst this disequilibrium has been caused directly and indirectly by human activity, global change itself may shift, at least temporarily, the balance between how much carbon forests can…

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April 2022

Tropical plant diversity, biogeography and conservation: a multi-biome approach

April 29 @ 4:15 pm - 6:30 pm BST
School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF hybrid seminar followed by Q&A and drinks - all welcome BOOK HERE to attend in person BOOK HERE to join online Speaker:  Prof Toby Pennington, Professor of Tropical Plant Diversity and Biogeography, University of Exeter When addressing what is special about species diversity in the tropics, the gaze of science, conservation and the general public is on tropical rain forests. This focus neglects that half of the global tropics is too seasonally dry to support rain forests and that…

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May 2022

Social and ecological consequences of land use intensification in African woodlands

May 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm BST
Online United Kingdom
Free

OCTF seminar followed by Q&A - all welcome BOOK HERE to join online Speaker:  Dr Casey Ryan, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh The received wisdom of a positive link between biodiverse, intact forest landscapes and human wellbeing is used to justify large-scale forest restoration and underpins arguments about how forests can contribute to the SDGs. However, this assumption is largely untested and rarely socially disaggregated, including in southern Africa. Here we use remote sensing, household surveys and ecological methods…

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Should we focus on making soy supply chains more transparent and sustainable? A political ecology critique of neo-Malthusianism and Eco-Modernization Theory

May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm BST
Online United Kingdom
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OCTF online seminar followed by Q&A - all welcome BOOK HERE to join online Speaker:  Dr. Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira, Department of Global and International Studies, University of California, Irvine Soy expansion is linked to extensive deforestation in the Amazon. In response to public outrage in Brazil, the US, and Europe over this reality, networks of scholars, environmental NGOs, government agencies, and transnational agribusiness corporations orchestrated a “moratorium” on soy exports from recently cleared Amazonian land. While the Amazon…

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Global drivers of tree crown architecture

May 27 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm BST
School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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  OCTF hybrid seminar followed by Q&A and drinks - all welcome BOOK HERE to attend in person BOOK HERE to join online Speaker:  Dr Tommaso Jucker, Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol Trees come in all shapes and sizes – from impossibly tall and slender, to short with wide, flat crowns. However, despite the importance of this variation for shaping the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, we continue to miss a complete picture of what…

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June 2022

Bamboo exists, and it modulates the structure and functioning of Andean and Amazonian forests

June 10 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm BST
School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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OCTF seminar followed by Q&A and drinks - all welcome BOOK HERE to attend in person BOOK HERE to join online Speaker: Belén Fadrique, PhD, Marie Curie Fellow, University of Leeds Bamboos have been consistently excluded from ecological studies and monitoring efforts, particularly in the Neotropics. However, the extreme abundance, diversity and unique physiology of bamboos make them strong competitors, with high potential to influence the structure and functioning of the surrounding trees and forests. Therefore, the role of bamboos should…

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