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Accra Climate Change Talks
21-27 August 2008
Accra, Ghana

Highlights from Friday, 22 August

On Friday morning, the in-session workshop on cooperative sectoral approaches continued under the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA). In the afternoon a workshop on policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD), and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries was also held under the AWG-LCA. Throughout the day, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) convened contact groups on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); the flexible mechanisms; and on “other issues” comprising: greenhouse gases, sectors and source categories; approaches targeting sectoral emissions; methodological issues; and spillover effects. Photo: A view of the Plenary during the AWG-LCA workshop on REDD.

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21 August - 22 August - 23 August - 25 August - 26 August - 27 August


   
AWG-LCA: Workshop on Sectoral Approaches
 
 
India and Iceland (left photo); India called for incentive-based sectoral approaches, while Iceland said transnational sectoral approaches should be discussed. China (right photo) observed that the AWG-LCA's mandate is not to establish mitigation goals but to promote the Convention's implementation.
 
 
Delegates from Cape Verde and Canada (left photo); Japan (right) suggested building on progress made on sectoral approaches, emphasizing that goals can be differentiated among countries but there should be common metrics.
 
   
Delegates from South Africa and China consulting during the morning session (left) and Harlan Watson, US (right), said he did not see Article 4.1(c) (cooperation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors) as a target-setting exercise, but supported reference to sectoral approaches in an agreed outcome.
 
AWG-LCA: Workshop on REDD
 
 
Helen Plume, SBSTA Chair, presented on progress made during SBSTA 28 and the outcome of the recent UNFCCC Workshop on Methodological Issues related to REDD. She underlined the linkages among methodological issues, policy approaches and positive incentives.
 
 
Thelma Krug, Brazil, stated that: forestry activities should receive financing under the Convention; treatment of forest mitigation activities should not be differentiated from non-forest mitigation activities; and simple approaches should be adopted to facilitate the implementation of mitigation activities.
 
 

Chunfeng Wang, China (left), called for: flexible and rigorous methodologies; increased financial and technical support for developing countries; integration of sustainable development strategies into approaches and incentives; support for early action; and enhanced coordination among international organizations. Robert Bamfo, Ghana (center), outlined state initiatives for reducing deforestation, describing the role of NGOs and the private sector. He underscored equitable benefit-sharing and the need for sufficient and consistent financial incentives. Brice Lalonde, EU (right), stressed consistency, simplicity, and encouragement of early action and suggested consideration of conservation and enhancement of forest stocks.

 
 

Ian Fry, Tuvalu (left), proposed an international REDD fund, which would finance REDD activities without an offset mechanism, and described several possible arrangements for generating new funds, including: a levy on international aviation and maritime transportation; and auctioning of allowances under a cap-and-trade regime for international transportation. Kevin Conrad, Coalition of Rainforest Nations (right), discussed a category-based REDD system that begins with a country-led voluntary stage, focuses on capacity building and demonstration projects, and eventually moves to a market-based approach, while maintaining environmental and market integrity.

 
AWG-KP: Contact Groups
 
 
LULUCF contact group: Co-Chair Marcelo Rocha, Brazil, Roberto Acosta, UNFCCC Secretariat, and Maria Sanz-Sanchez, UNFCCC Secretariat (left photo) and delegates during the contact group meeting (right photo).
 
 
Contact group on emissions and project-based mechanisms: Co-Chairs Nuno Lacasta, Portugal, and Christiana Figueres, Costa Rica, and Andrew Howard, UNFCCC Secretariat (left photo); delegates speak with AWG-KP Chair Harald Dovland during the contact group on other issues (right photo)
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
NGO coordination meeting
 
 
A side event on financing development for climate change, organized by the World Bank, was held in the evening.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Daily web coverage:

21 August - 22 August - 23 August - 25 August - 26 August - 27 August


 

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