Negotiators in Bonn Germany are at it again to try and hammer out a new accord to replace the Kyoto Protocol. The subject of REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries) has emerged in the past four years as one of the most exciting areas where a breakthrough is possible.
Expectations coming into the Bonn talks for concrete progress on tropical forests were mixed. There is a general sense that the UNFCCC process needs political decisions from outside (for example the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, or the G20) to drive the UN work.
A few observations about the status of REDD talks follow in subsequent blogs.