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EWC Research Speaker Series

Monday, April 22nd, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. HST

Emerging Deforestation-Free Regulatory Frameworks:
US and Trade in the Asia-Pacific Region 

featuring
Dr. Krystof Obidzinski,
Senior Forest Governance Expert, European Forest Institute (EFI)

Abstract: This RICE fellowship research project focuses on the transition in global governance of natural commodity extraction and trade and the emergence of new regulatory frameworks.  It examines key consumer markets such as the EU and US and their policy efforts to reduce green-house gas emissions by eliminating deforestation from commodity supply chains.  Specifically, this project examines to-date experience with the EU Deforestation Regulation and uses emergent lessons to assess US efforts to address global deforestation (e.g., US FOREST Act) and their potential implications for commodity trade in the Asia-Pacific region. The project seeks to initiate a broader collaboration to monitor impacts of these new governance arrangements and inform policy making for optimal and equitable outcomes. 

Dr. Krystof Obidzinski is a forest legality and sustainability specialist with over 20-years of professional experience in the Asia-Pacific region. He obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, for a study on socio-economic dimensions of illegal logging and associated trade in Indonesia. Between 2003 and 2015, he worked for the Center of International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia, on forest related trade and investment issues, market-based mechanisms, and bilateral approaches to improve forest governance. Subsequently, Krystof worked for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to advance the streamlining of green growth criteria and principles into provincial development planning in Indonesia. He also worked for international consultancies to monitor and verify corporate deforestation-free commitments. Since 2018, Krystof has been working for EFI on timber legality, sustainability, traceability, and deforestation-free in Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam. 


The views expressed are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect East-West Center policies or positions.

EWC Research Speaker Series

Monday, April 22nd, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. HST

Emerging Deforestation-Free Regulatory Frameworks:
US and Trade in the Asia-Pacific Region 

featuring
Dr. Krystof Obidzinski,
Senior Forest Governance Expert, European Forest Institute (EFI)

Abstract: This RICE fellowship research project focuses on the transition in global governance of natural commodity extraction and trade and the emergence of new regulatory frameworks.  It examines key consumer markets such as the EU and US and their policy efforts to reduce green-house gas emissions by eliminating deforestation from commodity supply chains.  Specifically, this project examines to-date experience with the EU Deforestation Regulation and uses emergent lessons to assess US efforts to address global deforestation (e.g., US FOREST Act) and their potential implications for commodity trade in the Asia-Pacific region. The project seeks to initiate a broader collaboration to monitor impacts of these new governance arrangements and inform policy making for optimal and equitable outcomes. 

Dr. Krystof Obidzinski is a forest legality and sustainability specialist with over 20-years of professional experience in the Asia-Pacific region. He obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, for a study on socio-economic dimensions of illegal logging and associated trade in Indonesia. Between 2003 and 2015, he worked for the Center of International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia, on forest related trade and investment issues, market-based mechanisms, and bilateral approaches to improve forest governance. Subsequently, Krystof worked for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to advance the streamlining of green growth criteria and principles into provincial development planning in Indonesia. He also worked for international consultancies to monitor and verify corporate deforestation-free commitments. Since 2018, Krystof has been working for EFI on timber legality, sustainability, traceability, and deforestation-free in Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam. 


The views expressed are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect East-West Center policies or positions.