~~CAN is encouraged that the Co-Chairs’ tool contains a substantial amount on land sector accounting rules from the Geneva Negotiating Text (GNT). We have long advocated the need for such rules and think that an environmentally sound outcome can be developed from the current text. We would prefer the principles governing land sector rules to be included in the treaty text, simply because they are principles, but accept that the same outcome can probably be achieved if they are included in the COP Decision, where the Co-Chairs have placed them.
REDD & LULUCF Working Group
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change recognizes that carbon sinks (and more specifically terrestrial sinks) are being affected due to human activities related to Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF).
The CAN REDD & LULUCF Working Group coordinates advocacy and policy submissions covering a broad spectrum of work relating to the mitigation of greenhouse gases in the land-use/forestry sector. The group also engages on UN-REDD programme activities and other important mechanisms outside the Convention.
For more information please contact:
John Lanchbery, RSPB, email@example.com
~~Climate Action Network International (CAN) welcomes the opportunity to provide input on discussions about REDD-plus that will take place both under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and in the discussions of the new climate agreement under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).
Currently, there is minimal guidance on the system for providing information on how REDD+ safeguards are being addressed and respected. Without further guidance, there are gaps and inconsistencies between reporting requirements, which could lead to unnecessary costs and inconveniences for countries fulfilling their REDD+ requirements.
The most anticipated event of the year has finally arrived (no, not the Bonn intersessionals!). Last night, after an early stumble, Brazil beat Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup. Just as much of the world looks up to Brazil’s national team, many Parties admire Brazil’s great success in tackling deforestation, with a 70% reduction during the past decade. And rightly so! It’s worthy of a good cheer.
On June 6, Brazil became the first Party to deliver a REDD+ reference emission level to the UNFCCC under new rules established in Warsaw. This should be a reason for celebration: agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) constitutes 24% of global emissions, and Brazil has been reducing deforestation rates in the Amazon. ECO applauds this here and in another article, even if Brazil has stumbled a bit in recent years. Yet, the more ECO looks, the more this REDD gift seems like a black box.
According to the latest IPCC findings, forests and land use collectively account for 24% of global emissions - 10-12 GtCo2e annually. This is, by far, the largest sources of emissions in certain regions, notably Latin America, Central Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2012m in Brazil, more than 61% of GHG emissions came from forests and farming activities.
Climate Action Network welcomes the opportunity to submit its view on the ADP Agreement regarding principles for reporting and accounting for emissions and removals from land use.
CAN Intervention for COP Work Program Workshop
-Delivered by Josefina Brana-Varela
Thank you chairs. I’m speaking on behalf of the Climate Action Network.
We welcome the opportunity to be present in this workshop and we would like to share our views on how to approach the issue of result-based finance for REDD+.
*By compromise, ECO mean somewhere in between what is scientifically needed and what YOU tell us is currently feasible.
The Conference of the Parties,
Recalling Article 4, paragraphs 1, 3, 4 and 5 and 7 of the Convention,
Reaffirming the unwavering commitment of parties to keep global average temperature increase well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and the continuum approach between mitigation, adaptation, loss & damage and finance that is required to ensure equity before 2020.