Can Doha produce a breakthrough on agriculture?

Recent Conferences of Parties (COP) have resulted in a discussion and/or a decision on at least one sector/theme agreed by majority of the Parties. Typical examples include the establishment of the Adaptation Fund (also to be used for capacity building through technology transfer) at COP7 in 2003, the adoption of Nairobi Work Plan at COP12 in 2006, and the formal REDD+ mechanism for developing countries to contribute to mitigation actions at COP16 in 2010. At all these meetings, there has… Read moreCan Doha produce a breakthrough on agriculture?

On the Future of REDD+ and the Carbon Market, by David Ellison

Our guest author is David Ellison, Senior Researcher & LULUCF Specialist (Institute for World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences), who joined us as an external expert at the LULUCF lab MAPS held in Iquitos, Peru from the 25th to the 27th of September 2012. Within the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) programme, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa are considering the potential role of forests in their overall climate change mitigation action plans. The most recent MAPS meeting addressing the role of… Read moreOn the Future of REDD+ and the Carbon Market, by David Ellison

Space observation and Satellite imagery in the context of climate change, capcity building and technology transfer

The EU organised a workshop around the benefits of integrating space observations in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, capacity building and training in that sector for developing economies and LDCs. The workshop was a collaboration between European Space Agency (ESA), the recently launched South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the Joint research centre (JRC) together with their Gabonese partner. Not being an expert in space technology and satellite imagery myself, the main points highlighted were with regards to… Read moreSpace observation and Satellite imagery in the context of climate change, capcity building and technology transfer

GREEN light for REDD+!

A global deal to protect forests and mitigate climate change was agreed on Saturday 11 December in Cancun. However, certain important issues such as threats to indigenous peoples and natural forests, funding mechanisms and MRV of “safeguards” and deforestation, remain unresolved.  This agreement on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) is part of the enhanced action on… Read moreGREEN light for REDD+!

REDD+ and biodiversity

Es nuevamente conmigo! As you might have predicted, my next stop would be anything to do with REDD. If my counting is right, there are more REDD+ side events than any other single subject in this meeting. Possibly one of the subjects Cancun2010 might come up with something tangible. Many countries, especially forested ones are already developing national REDD+ initiatives to benefit from this initiative that many developed country parties also subscibe to. Perhaps one of the ways to fully… Read moreREDD+ and biodiversity