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Bonn Climate Change Talks
29 March - 8 April 2009
Bonn, Germany


Saturday, 4 April


On Saturday, AWG-LCA convened an in-session workshop on mitigation in the agricultural sector. AWG-LCA contact groups were also held on technology and finance, adaptation and mitigation. The AWG-KP held various informal consultations, including on Annex I emission reductions, LULUCF, potential consequences and flexibility mechanisms.

Photo: During the contact group on adaptation, Stuart Scott, for Climate Action Network, presented Co-Chair William Agyemang-Bonsu with voluntary contributions from German high school students to kick-start adaptation financing.

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Ecodefense and Women in Europe for a Common Future called for a ban of nuclear activities in the CDM.
 
AWG-LCA workshop on opportunities and challenges for mitigation in the agricultural sector
 
 
Left to right: AWG-LCA Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar, Stelios Pesmajoglou, UNFCCC Secretariat, Roberto Acosta, UNFCCC Secretariat, Workshop Chair Lilian Portillo, Paraguay, and Florian Vladu, UNFCCC Secretariat
 
 
Stelios Pesmajoglou, UNFCCC Secretariat (left), highlighted agriculture's high mitigation potential but much lower economic potential, and pointed to challenges, such as limits in the capacity of soils to store carbon and possible reversal, as well as opportunities, including synergies with poverty alleviation and environmental protection. Hayden Montgomery, New Zealand (center), noted the need for joint technology development, and called for a Virtual World Research Center to coordinate R&D, building on New Zealand's Lifestock Emissions and Abatement Research Network. Alexander Muller, FAO (right), stressed the need for field testing of methodologies and flexible financing approaches, and suggested a broadened approach to REDD to capture co-benefits such as poverty reduction.
 
 
Daniel Martino, IPCC AR4 lead author, noted that two-thirds of mitigation potential in the agricultural sector is in developing countries.
 
 

The delegation of Bangladesh (left). During their presentation, Bangladesh stressed the need to conduct mitigation and adaptation simultaneously, and suggested measures such as developing new varieties of drought-resistant crops and agricultural practices with economized water use, as well as South-South cooperation on R&D. William Hohenstein, US (right), noted that agriculture and forestry could offset 10-25% of his country's current emissions, and stressed the importance of including agriculture in the climate change regime.

 
 

Indonesia (left photo) intervening during the workshop. Yasuo Watanabe, Japan (right photo), highlighted the need for research on effective soil management.

 
AWG-LCA contact group on delivering finance and technology

 

Chair Luiz Machado (center) listens during the contact group meeting.
A view of the plenary (left photo) and delegates meet informally outside the conference room (right photo).
 
AWG-LCA contact group on adaptation
 

 
Stuart Scott, Climate Action Network (left photo center), presented voluntary contributions from German high school students to kick-start adaptation financing (left photo). Questions on risk and insurance for delegates to keep in mind for the next contact group session.
 
Delegates from Slovenia (left). Fatou Ndeye Gaye, Gambia (right), stressed implementation and gender equity.
 
AWG-LCA contact group on mitigation
 
 

Left to right: Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat, AWG-LCA Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar, Maria Sanz, UNFCCC Secretariat, and Olga Pilifosova, UNFCCC Secretariat.

During the discussions, which focused on REDD, several parties highlighted the significant role of global emissions from deforestation and the need to address them. Many also emphasized that REDD is different from other mitigation actions, and highlighted the need for its special treatment to address policies and incentives that complement the SBSTA's methodological discussions.

 
 
 

Thomas Kolly and Andreas Fischlin, Switzerland (left photo), and Auden Rosland, Norway (right photo).

Informal consultations
 
 
A joint AWG-LCA and AWG-KP informal meeting took place to discuss the need for additional meetings in 2009.
 
Around the Conference
 
Jonathan Pershing, US, speaking with Dennis Tirpak (left photo), and with other conference participants (right photo).
Delegates from World Resources Institute get some work done over coffee. Members of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (right photo).
 
 
 
 

 

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