09 June 1998 Bonn,
The Subsidiary Body for
Implementation (SBI) met to discuss arrangements for intergovernmental meetings, adverse
impacts, national communications and NGO involvement. A joint SBI/SBSTA meeting convened
in the afternoon to hear and discuss a report from the cooperative mechanisms contact
group. The Ad Hoc Group on Article 13 (AG13) continued discussions on the Multilateral
Consultative Process (MCP) in morning and afternoon sessions.
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|The US anticipated dramatic
improvements in the state of knowledge concerning adaptation in the years ahead, and noted
that the FCCC contains no provision similar to Article 4.4 obliging Annex I or Annex II
Parties to compensate countries that could be affected by response measures.
US declaration available in RealAudio
|Donald Goldberg, of the Center
for International Enironmental Law (CIEL) said there were issues regarding the mechanisms
of grave concern to the environmental community. CIEL did not envisage that emissions
trading would be used to evade responsibilities or weaken commitments. He offered sets of
principles for the operation of the mechanisms.
RealAudio of CIEL's presentation to the Joint Session
|CHINA, during the SBI session, said the item on voluntary commitments for non-Annex I Parties could lead to renewed confrontation.|
|India was among several countries that called on the SBI to identify the needs of developing countries, requesting information from SBSTA and the IPCC.|
|Canada called for cross-reference to paragraph 5 (mandate of the Committee) and avoid use of language that expands or confuses the mandate of Committee (AG13).|
|GHANA said comments from the MCP participants should be included in the report to the COP.|
|Netherlands, speaking for the EU at AG13, suggested annexing a summary of conclusions and recommendations to full reports.|
|Lisa Jacobson (second from the right)
of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy moderated a panel discussion on issues
involving the Clean Development Mechanism.
RealAudio of the BCSE presentation
|A seminar on principles, modalities, rules and guidelines for emissions trading was given by Frank Joshua (UNCTAD), Tom Tietenberg (Colby College), Zhong Xiang Zhang (University of Groningen) and Michael Grubb (Royal Institute of International Affairs).|
|Holger Liptow (GTZ) and Uwe Fritsche
(Oko-Institut) presented the "Environment Manual for Power Development"
software, a tool to analyse the costs of greenhouse gas emissions of energy projects. More
information about this management tool can be obtained by visiting Oko-Institut's EM web site and
GTZ's EM web site.
|In a special event of the FCCC, Michele Frome of the Soil and Water
conservation Society moderated several speakers in the "Soil Sinks for Carbon"
RealAudio of the presentation (divided by presenter):
Dr. Rattan Lal, Ohio State University
Dr. C. Vernon Cole, Colorado State University
Dr. C.W. Lindwall, Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada
Paul Faeth, World Resource Institute
Carlos Crovetto, Chequen Farm, Chile
|ENB writers Angela Churie Kallhauge and Chad Carpenter keeping up with the day's AG13 deliberations.|
|ENB's Peter Doran receiving some feedback from meeting participant Paul Clements-Hunt, Environment and Energy Policy Manager for the International Chamber of Commerce.|
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