Photo & RealAudio from 6 November's SPECIAL EVENTS
WRI study says there are major opportunities to slow climate change through forest, biodiversity and land-use initiatives
The Washington DC-based World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org/wri) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN, http://www.iucn.org) launched a report, Climate, Biodiversity, and Forests: Issues and Opportunities Emerging from the Kyoto Protocol..
The report examines why, with so much at stake, the role of forests and land-use change under the Kyoto Protocol remains controversial, and attempts to clarify the issues. The report notes that climate change itself is a major threat to biodiversity, causing species loss and ecosystems destruction, and explains that protecting biological diversity may, in fact, help mitigate other impacts of climate change. The report stresses that while energy-sector emissions are the predominant contributor of the climate change problem globally, forest conversion and other land-use practices are also significant, contributing some 30 percent of the atmospheric buildup of carbon dioxide.
The report is launched as climate change and biodiversity NGOs attempt to develop a common approach to LUCF issues within the context of the Protocol negotiations.
Right: Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute, during a WRI press conference
Michael Marvin, US Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and Emilio La Rovere, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, during a panel discussion on the "Clean Development Mechanism: Accelerating Technology Transfer in the Developing World"
Paul Metz from the European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future discusses key issues in this real audio interview.
Omar Masera, Instituto de Ecologia, UNAM, Mexico, consults with Martha Perdomo of the UNFCCC Secretariat
Martha Perdomo of the UNFCCC discusses the problems facing developing countries in terms of creating inventories
Moderator Dr Robert Shelton opens the meeting and Lisa Shaffer talks about global observing strategies, arguing that good science requires good data.
Stephen Schneider discusses environmental literacy and the public debate on global warming
A new report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), Forum for Energy and Development and Greenpeace International has been launched at COP-4. The report's title is Ten Percent of the World's Electricity Consumption from Wind Energy - Is that target achievable?
Written by Birger Madsen of BTM Consult Aps, the report suggests that 10% of the world's electricity consumption could come from wind energy by 2016-17, the equivalent of the consumption of approximately 500 million European households. It also suggests that wind energy could contribute a 2.53GTon/year annual saving of carbon dioxide by 2025. This scenario assumes firm international commitments and agreements to promote the penetration of wind energy.
- Christopher Bourillon (Chief Executive, EWEA)
- Hans Bjerregaard (Chairman, Forum for Energy and Development)
- Corin Millais (Head of Renewables Campaign, Greenpeace International)
- Holger Ronitz (Greenpeace Press Office)
Holgar Ronite, Greenpeace International press officer, and Corin Millais, head of the Greenpeace International Renewables Campaign, at a joint press conference with the European Wind Energy Association and the Forum for Energy
A selection of the panelists' presentations in RealAudio.
Press Briefings: Climate Action Network
The briefing was held by Climate Action Network (CAN), an organisation representing more than 200 environmental groups worldwide. Its aim was to summarize their views on progress at the end of the first week of COP4 negotiations.
Speakers included Kirsty Hamilton (Greenpeace), Ute Collier (WWF), Patrick Green (Friends of the Earth) and Surya Mulandar (CAN South East Asia). They raised concerns that the first week of negotiations had not resulted in clear progress on key issues.
Surya Milandar, CAN Southeast Asia, at the Climate Action Network press conference
In this real audio interview, Kirsty Hamilton (Greenpeace) outlines the outcomes she would like to see from COP4.
|Journalists frantically try to meet their deadlines in the press area||Hisanaga Kawamura, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Japan, tries to mop some of the water out of the Japanese delegation's office after water leaked through the roof of the conference center during a rainy day. (Is this what they meant by COP MOP?)|
|A BBC reporter interviews Eduardo Sanhueza, Chile||Ambassador Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Samoa, and Farhana Yamin, Director, Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) dicuss strategy over coffee|
|Azza Taalab signs copies of her book "Rising Voices against Global Warming" at a reception for the release of a Spanish version||Irishmen Martin Diskin, Department of Public Enterprise, and Donal Enright, Department of Environment and Local Government, were named "Most Gorgeous Delegates" by Buenos Ayres (a daily conference paper produced in collaboration with the Argentine Natural Resources and Sustainable Growth Secretariat and the Fundación). According to Buenos Ayres, "during the SBI and SBSTA session they turned all the ladies' heads."|
11th Session of the Global
Diversity Forum (GBF, http://www.wri.org/wri/wri/biodiv/gbf/)
Buenos Aires, 6-8 November
The 11th session of the GBF will facilitate a dialogue between organizations involved in the UNFCCC and CBD processes. Organisers of the GBF session noted the threats to biodiversity caused by climate change.
At the opening plenary keynote speakers were:
Michael Zammit Cutajar, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, who outlined issue linkages between the UNFCCC and GBF
Hamdallah Zedan, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, who examined the synergies between UNFCC and GBF processes
Maria Julia Alsogarary, President of UNFCCC COP4, on Argentina and sustainable development
|Right: Jorge Illueca, UNEP Assistant Executive Director, Hamdallah Zedan, CBD Acting Executive Secretary, Alicia Barcena, IUCN Councilor, Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute (WRI), COP-4 President, Maria Julia Algosaray, and Michael Zammit Cutajar, UNFCCC Executive Secretary|
|Left: Barcena and Alsogaray||Right: Jonathan Lash and Cutajar|