The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Parties met in Bonn last week (10-14 August 2009) for the latest set of preparatory meetings in the build-up to Copenhagen at the end of the year. REDD issues were discussed in one of the informal groups established at the beginning of the week under the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA).
This group, facilitated by Tony La Viña of the Philippines, worked to consolidate and clarify the text on REDD which had been produced by the June meeting of the AWG-LCA (Annex to FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/INF.1). The group also looked at convergences and divergences between the Parties on the existing text.
While several issues remain to be agreed, it seems that – in general – the concept of REDD + is widely supported (even though there are divergent views as to what the “+” means). There was also support for a phased approach to move towards realizing its financial benefits, coupled with strengthened capacity development, including through international support.
The group will continue its work at the upcoming Bangkok meeting, scheduled to take place from 28 September to 9 October. The negotiations in Bangkok are expected to further clarify the scope and approach, to define the role of funds and the carbon market, and to clarify the relationship between Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and REDD.
Coalition for Rainforest Nations Capacity Development Workshop: 14-15 August 2009, Bonn
The Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) hosted the well-attended workshop on REDD Readiness: Forests for Climate Change Mitigation in the Context of National Development Policies as an activity of the Capacity Development REDD project. Participants underscored the immediate need to move from talk to action. As a way forward, they proposed to have a venue under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process that will address capacity development issues, and enhance balanced, inclusive and coordinated approaches for REDD readiness.
The meeting was supported by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the UN-REDD Programme. Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador and Papua New Guinea also presented ongoing activities, followed by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, and Germany’s International Climate Initiative.
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