Tuesday, April 7, 2009

REDD text likely to be limited: IISD reporting April 6

IISD, a very reliable service covered talks and drew the conclusion that REDD text might be limited to a few paragraphs. TFG agrees and has been thinking about the key elements of a decision for some time. Hopefully, the chair has some positive early-action, market-linked draft REDD text in his pocket...?

Here is their posted reporting...

Several parties highlighted the significant
role of global emissions from deforestation and the need to
address them. Many also emphasized that REDD is different
from other mitigation actions, and highlighted the need
for its special treatment to address policies and incentives
that complement the SBSTA’s methodological discussions.
NORWAY, supported by several others, suggested establishing a
contact group on REDD.

Parties highlighted, inter alia, indigenous peoples and
local communities; complex drivers of deforestation; capacity
building; MRV; and the importance of financing, both through
public finance and market mechanisms. The US noted increasing
demand for agricultural commodities and highlighted the need
to address demand-side issues. TUVALU drew attention to
differences in the treatment of REDD and conservation and
suggested reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples and Prior Informed Consent. BRAZIL
stressed the important contribution of REDD to NAMAs within
a general framework that includes support. CHINA and INDIA
called for inclusion of conservation. The LDCs and others
supported a step-wise approach. SURINAME highlighted
international displacement of emissions from deforestation.
Recalling that the CDM is covered only by one article in the
Kyoto Protocol that lays down the general framework for the
CDM, Chair Zammit Cutajar called for focusing on the signal
to be given in Copenhagen, and suggested that elaboration of
a detailed REDD framework could be part of a “Marrakesh
Accords” phase after Copenhagen.

See IISD's coverage here (REDD is covered under mitigation on the 2nd page). Reprinted/rebroadcast from this website. Respect and credits to IISD.

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