UNFCCC Climate Talks in Bonn (June 2011)
New sessions were held in Bonn, Germany on June 6-17 at the UNFCCC Climate Talks series, continuing the work from the agreements made in Cancun, Mexico in 2010. Through our active participation at the meeting and two side events, we promoted the conservation and restoration of tropical and temperate peatlands for the critical role they play in regulating the climate. Furthermore, at the subsequent Adaptation Fund Board meeting on June 19, the importance of Strategic Impact Assessments in board funded projects was highlighted.
In our Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) submission, the main points of our advocacy were described in details. This technical body of the UNFCCC met to provide guidance and modalities to the REDD+-mechanism. This aims to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries.
The policy brief provides guidance to REDD+ activities in peat swamp forests: these are divided between the conservation of undrained peat soils and the rewetting of drained peat soils. In both ways, peat swamp forests play an important role in reducing emissions.
Visit our side event:
Implementing the REDD+ safeguards. Thursday 9 June 2011, 20:00-21:30; Venue: METRO (Ministry of Transport). Speaker on behalf of Wetlands International: Susanna Tol - Watch the presentation online on SlideShare or below
Peatlands in the Kyoto Protocol
We are also promoting ambitious emissions reductions in the land and forestry sector of developed countries (Annex 1) under the Kyoto Protocol, in particular through the conservation and restoration of temperate peatlands. Therefore, we provided inputs at this meeting in Bonn on the land-use emissions that come from biomass energy production in developed countries, which are not necessarily accounted for either in the energy or the land use sector. These are, for instance, the emissions resulting from the drainage of peatlands for bio-energy production, which are currently not accounted for. However, these emissions are greater than those of the fossil fuels they are supposed to be substituting.
Visit our side event :
Bioenergy and LULUCF. Thursday 9 June 2011, 15:15-16:45hrs. Venue: TRAM (Ministry of Transport); Speaker on behalf of Wetlands International: Alex Kaat
Download the presentation or watch it below
UNFCCC Adaptation Fund board meeting (June 19)
On 19 June 2011, the Adaptation Fund under the UNFCCC held a dialogue with the civil society for the first time prior to the subsequent board meetings. Wetlands International was present there with the other partners to highlight the importance of incorporating or making the role of strategic impact assessments more visible and relevant in assessing proposals submitted to the Board. This is of great importance as during the14th meeting, the Board reviewed its Operational Policies and Guidelines.
This is indeed a great opportunity for Wetlands International and partners to present in further details the roles and potential of these strategic impact assessments and especially their roles in reducing vulnerability, mal-adaptation and increasing stakeholder consultation.