UNFCCC Climate Talks in Bonn (June 2013)
Between the 3rd and the 14th of June, a new round of UNFCCC negotiations took place in Bonn, Germany. Wetlands International attended the session to advocate the importance of conserving and rehabilitating wetlands for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Delegates spent two weeks tackling a wide range of issues on how to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD+)
. As agreed in Doha
, negotiations focused on the issue of results-based finance for REDD+, including ways to incentivise non-carbon benefits (see the briefing paper
, co-signed by Wetlands International). Additionally, delegates finalised a host of matters that were not resolved in Doha, including methodological issues concerning national forest monitoring; monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions reductions; and how to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation (see our submission
and the final text adopted by the SBSTA
As for land-based mitigation in developed countries, all the agenda items under Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) remained the same since Doha, where no decisions were made. Delegates continue ddebating issues such as more comprehensive accounting for LULUCF and additional activities in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM – see our submission)
, and additional discussions will take place in a workshop before the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Warsaw later this year.
Throughout the meeting, Wetlands international promoted the conservation and restoration of tropical and temperate peatlands for climate change mitigation. In particular, we advocated the need to address the drivers of deforestation and forest (and peatland) degradation. As a result of our advocacy, the SBSTA agreed to text encouraging all Parties to address these drivers, but the text fell short of including any sort of system to assess progress in that regard (see our blog
for more details). We also promoted paludiculture
as a sustainable form of land use on peatlands.
Our side event:
Learning for a post-2020 UNFCCC framework using national mitigation actions for peatlands as pilots (Saturday 8 June 2013, 13:15-14:45, Room Wind (Ministry of Environment).
Presentations from the side event:
Wetlands International participated in a panel discussion at the 4th Adaptation Knowledge Day event organised by UNEP, the World Bank, IUCN and UNDP (see the programme). Our intervention focused on the role of ecosystem-based approaches, including hybrid engineering (see our new brochure), in climate change adaptation.
See our presentation: Building with nature: infrastructure AND ecosystems for climate resilience. By Vera Coelho, Wetlands International