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UNFCCC COP-4
THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE UN FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
2 - 13  November 1998

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PHOTO & REAL AUDIO from 3 November's SPECIAL EVENTS

Forests, land use and carbon: a dialogue on the issues

This special event was sponsored by the World Bank in assocation with the World Resources Institute and the Nature Conservancy. Its objective was to discuss and disseminate information on the technical issues relating to implementing transferable emissions reductions from forest and land use change projects.

In this real audio interview, Paige Brown from the World Resources Institute talks about the aims and outcomes of today's meeting, and discusses her hopes for the conference.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) RealAudio excerpt from the presentation

2worldbank_s.jpg (6304 bytes) Paige L. Brown, World Resources Institute WRI (paigeb@wri.org), www.wri.org/wri, Anotonio G. M. La Vina, WRI (tonylav@wri.org), and Ken Chomitz, World Bank, kchomitz@worldbank.org during the World Bank sponsored panel addressing forests, land use and carbon.

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes) Jorge Gonz�lez Torres, of La Federacion de Partidos Verdes de las Americas, expressed concern that such a small emphasis was put on forest land use and carbon issues at the conference during a World Bank sponsored side event

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes) ENB team member Chris Spence interviews Paige Brown, World Resources Institute, www.wri.org


Workshop on the Kyoto Protocol and Beyond insurance Implications

Organised by UNEP in collaboration with the UNEP Insurance Industry Initiative, the purpose of the workshop was to:

  • inform on the progress the insurance Initiative has made since Kyoto,

  • present the Executive summary of the report "The Kyoto Protocol, Implications for the Insurance Industry" which provides an overview of the insurance view point regarding the three mechanisms under the Protocol,

  • discuss the application of the corporate CO2 indicator by the UK companies launched by the Insurance Initiative.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) RealAudio excerpt from the presentation by Klaus T�pfer pdficon.gif (224 bytes) UNEP Insurance Industry Initiative Background Document (in PDF format)
2insurance_s.jpg (5601 bytes) UNEP Executive Director Klaus T�pfer and Ivo Knoepfel, Swiss Reinsurance at a side event on insurance implications of the Kyoto Protocol pdficon.gif (224 bytes) UNEP Statement by Financial Institutions on the Evironment and Sustainable Development (in PDF format)

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes)Jacob Werksman, Farhana Yamin and J�rgen Lefevere of Foundation for International Envirnomental Law and Development (FIELD, www.field.org.uk/)


A future for carbon taxes?

Organised by the International Academy of the Environment (IAE, http://www.iae.org), an organisation based in Geneva, the meeting looked at the issue of carbon taxes. Speakers, including Dr Andrea Baranzini and Professor Jose Goldemberg, discussed the relative merits of carbon taxes compared with other emission reduction policy instruments.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes)  In this interview, Dr Robert Hamwey of the IAE discusses the meeting and his views on carbon taxes.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Dr Andrea Baranzini, also of the IAE, talks about some of the specific issues relating to carbon taxes.

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes) Professor Jose Goldemberg, University of Sao Paulo, Dr. Robert Hamwey and Dr. Andrea Beranzini, International Academy of the Environment, (www.iae.org) lead a panel discussion on opportunities for emissions reductions through carbon taxes


Emissions trading and Joint Implementation

This meeting was arranged by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IAE). Its focus was the links between domestic and international systems governing emissions trading and joint implementation.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes)In this RealAudio segment from the meeting, the OECD's Fiona Mullins discusses national and international systems for emissions trading, arguing that most aspects of national systems should be left to the discretion of the individual countries. This view provoked some discussion from participants.

Other key speakers included the IEA's Richard Baron, who talked about institutional issues for emissions trading and joint implementaion.

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes)Fiona Mullins, OECD, spoke on national and international systems for emissions trading, while Richard Baron, International Energy Agency, addressed institutional issues for emissions trading and joint implementation


Side event on enhancing policy-making capacity under the UNFCCC

This event, sponsored by the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), reported on enhancing policy-making capacity under the UNFCCC reported on the results of an EU-funded project addressing future commitments of developing countries. Panelists discussed the issues raised by compliance procedures in general and for flexible mechanisms, in particular. In addition, difficulties in collecting data with respect to emissions trading and the clean development mechanism were discussed.

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes) Group picture of Jacob Werksman, jw18@soas.ac.uk, and Farhana Yamin, fy1@soas.ac.uk, from FIELD (www.field.org.uk/) listening to John Lanchbery, Birdlife International, john.lanchbery@rsb as he fields questions regarding his paper on criteria for effective emissions trading


Miscellaneous photos:

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes) Conference participants hold their new COP-4 recyclable bags.

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes) Langston Goree, Managing Editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, and Beat Nobs, Swiss Agency for the Environment, compare cell phones.

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes) ENB team members, Angela Churie and Molly Rosenman, consult the monitor for the schedule of the day's events.

photoicon.gif (1007 bytes) Francesca Foppiano and Oscar Fiestas-Tejada, UNFCCC Secretariat.


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