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A paradigm shift in thinking on REDD+?

On paper, the outcomes on REDD+ from Doha hardly set your pulse racing. For the first time, there was no REDD+ agreement on methodologies from SBSTA – with the major sticking point being whether or not there is international independent … Continue reading

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The future of forests is not in The Future We Want

The Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development pledged a renewed focus on sustainability challenges.  By using a holistic framework that addresses economic, social and environment aspects of sustainability, it hoped to rekindle the essence of sustainable development that was a … Continue reading

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If international drivers of deforestation are such a big deal, why were they left out of the climate negotiations?

While there was much talk in Bonn about the international drivers of deforestation, the text agreed by countries curiously left out all mention of it.  Surely tackling the international drivers, for example unsustainable demand for timber or agricultural crops, needs … Continue reading

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Drive on by? Will upcoming meetings in Bonn take the opportunity to make progress on addressing drivers of deforestation?

The upcoming REDD+ Partnership meeting and the UNFCCC intercessional in Bonn are key opportunities to make progress on tackling the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, both so critical for stemming climate change. Many advance submissions from governments and observer … Continue reading

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Climate smart REDD+

It has been a busy week in Durban. Most of the action has been on the sidelines, in the many side events, but there are indications that the negotiators are also getting down to business, particularly in relation to the … Continue reading

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Who are the real decision makers in REDD+?

As Government Ministers and Heads of States arrive in Durban to thrash out an agreement on climate change, there have been many meetings and events on how to move ahead with REDD+. Many of them have been focussed on reference … Continue reading

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Canada, the new pariah

 Hillary Clinton is en route for the first United States diplomatic mission to Burma in 50 years. Texan congressmen advocate offering olive branches to Iran. The age of the isolated pariah state has passed.  Or has it? Within international climate … Continue reading

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REDD+ debates in full swing at Durban

Durban is now in full swing – as are the discussions on REDD+, which are set to produce results by Saturday. The Norwegian delegation announced at a packed contact meeting yesterday that they had ‘already been for a jog this … Continue reading

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Expectations for Durban: High level progress on REDD+ likely to be held hostage by broader stalemate

As the negotiations of COP17 kick off in Durban, there are as many expectations flying around as there are participants. Compared to previous COPs however, most expectations are pretty low. Overall progress in negotiating a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, … Continue reading

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Going into Durban: Are we sugar coating the science?

On my flight to Durban, to attend the final COP before the (current period) Kyoto Protocol expires, I shared a cappuccino and some words with a NASA climate modeling scientist. Asked his views on how the climate change science tallies … Continue reading

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