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REDD side-events in Cancun

Here we go again. The UN climate negotiations started yesterday in Cancun, Mexico. It’s COP 16, for those who are counting. There are lots of side events relating to REDD and forests in Cancun. Here’s a calendar. Thanks to Simone Lovera of Global Forest Coalition for compiling this list.

A full list of all side events and exhibits is available on UNFCCC’s website. REDD-Monitor is not in Cancun, but is looking forward to reporting the news and comments from colleagues who are in Cancun. Please send any updates to . Thanks!

Most people seem to agree that there is little chance of a legally binding agreement to reduce emissions coming out of Cancun. However, there is a chance that something will be agreed on REDD – probably including some form of carbon trading. As alert readers may have noticed, REDD-Monitor opposes carbon trading, not least because it will not address climate change, since it does not involve reductions in emissions.

But, for the sake of argument, here’s a thought experiment. If REDD is to be funded by trading forest carbon credits, there must be a demand for the carbon credits. The demand is created by the cap – emission reduction targets – without which there will be little demand for carbon credits. Has anyone calculated what level of emission reduction targets is necessary in order to generate sufficient demand for carbon credits to finance REDD?

This thought experiment (which isn’t mine – I hope to expand and explain this further, perhaps with a guest post on REDD-Monitor) raises fundamental questions about REDD and the way the international negotiations on climate change are going. How much will REDD cost? Who will be paid not to deforest? Can the avoided emissions be measured accurately? What impact will REDD have on agricultural commodity prices? Will a price on carbon be enough to stop deforestation? And what level of emission reductions is necessary to ensure that the forests don’t go up in smoke?

REDD-Monitor would be interested in any comments or suggestions, especially with references to sources of information.


Launch of the Rio Conventions’ ecosystems and climate change pavilion: enhancing synergies
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
13:20-14:40 Mamey

The side event will launch the Rio Conventions’ ecosystems and climate change pavilion at the COP in order to enhance awareness raising and information sharing about the latest science and practice on the linkages between biodiversity, climate change and combating desertification/land degradation.

Japan’s policy and international cooperation on climate change
13:20-14:40 Pitaya

Cooperation on clean technology and innovation, supporting MRV in Asia-Pacific region, JICA’s experiences learned from development cooperation, contribution to the forest and carbon monitoring by satellites, ALOS and GOSAT, database and analysis of gap between efforts and finance about REDD+.

The missing link to success: Women in REDD
13:20-14:40 Sandia

Event on how a gender approach and women’s empowerment are essential to a successful implementation of REDD initiatives.

Wetlands, HWP and Soil N2O: IPCC response to request from SBSTA
WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
13:20-14:40 Águila

TFI held an expert meeting examining the current IPCC guidance on wetlands, HWP and Soil N2O, and to promote the emission factor database. This side event reports on that meeting and how the IPCC is developing the EFDB.


Real input for climate change mitigation and adaptation: Central American community groups on REDD+
Costa Rica
13:20-14:40 Mamey

Raise awareness on different stakeholders about local communities’ efforts on REDD+ activities, and facilitating a space for local communities’ proposals on this issue, with a strong social justice, diversity, and multicultural component in Central American indigenous peoples’ and farmers groups.

CDM Executive Board: question and answer session
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
13:20-14:40 Jaguar

The Executive Board of the CDM will report on its activities and answer questions from the audience.

Projet NECTAR: Adaptation au changement climatique en Afrique
Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF/IEPF)
15:00-16:30 Águila

Présentation des résultats des études sectorielles approfondies sur l’adaptation au changement climatique en Afrique dans les secteurs de l’énergie, du bâtiment et de la forêt.

REDD+ and Biodiversity
15:30-17:30 EU Pavillion

This session will explore the latest developments with regards to REDD+ and biodiversity. Specific topics will include safeguards for biodiversity, tools for incorporating biodiversity conservation into REDD+, and monitoring of biodiversity as part of REDD+.

Sustainable agriculture and terrestrial C management: Research and best practices to inform climate policy
Rainforest Alliance
16:45-18:15 Águila

Cornell university and the sustainable agriculture network share research and on-the-ground experiences incorporating mitigation and adaptation activities in agriculture, including soil organic C management strategies and C management using biochar systems, and discuss policy implications.

Science-based longterm targets – Why they’re needed, how they can be achieved
Sustainable Markets Foundation –
16:45-18:15 Jaguar

Scientists, activists, and advocates from the Center for Biological Diversity and discuss how we can reach an international agreement with scientifically-based targets and how existing U.S. law, including the Clean Air Act, and growing public support can help us get there.

Applying safeguards and enhancing co-benefits in Ecuador, and REDD+ Social & Environmental Standards
CARE International
18:30-20:00 Mamey

Co-hosted by Government of Ecuador, CARE and CCBA, this event will provide an overview of progress and challenges in applying safeguards and enhancing multiple benefits in Ecuador’s national REDD+ strategy and use of the REDD+ Social & Environmental Standards in Ecuador, and in Indonesia and Brazil.

Climate finance: The good, the bad and the ugly
Friends of the Earth International (FOEI)
20:15-21:45 Sandia

How far are we away from a just and equitable deal on climate finance? Panelists will look at principles, sources and governance for effectively financing developing country mitigation and repaying Annex I climate debt and at how far current commitments and proposals go towards achieving this.

Agriculture in the UNFCCC: Focusing on small holder farmers and food producers
Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON)
20:15-21:45 Águila

The session will focus on needs of small holders and producers CC negotiations with broader focus including critical inputs, links to trade, product pricing and policies that influence land use, state sovereignty, food security environmental integrity, social impacts.

Attitudes and policy issues in the developing world
University of Gothenburg
20:15-21:45 Pitaya

Presentations from the centers that make up Environment for Development, as well as their supporting institutions (University of Gothenburg and Resources for the Future) cover farm level adaptation to climate change and attitudes about alternative burden sharing rules.


Capacity development as a driver of low-emission, climate-resilient development
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
13:20-14:40 Mamey

The side event will present the UN’s approach, experience and readiness to support capacity development to address climate change. Speakers will share practical examples and lessons learnt from areas such as adaptation, mitigation, REDD and finance, and discuss the one UN experience of capacity support.

Southern civil society, local community and indigenous peoples perspectives on REDD
Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK)
15:00-16:30 Mamey

Accra Caucus and Global Forest Coalition members share perspectives on national and international REDD processes. REDD may determine the future of forest dependent communities. How have local perspectives on REDD been taken into consideration? What is the political will to respect and implement rights in REDD and address underlying causes?

Agriculture and forestry under hot and arid conditions
18:30-20:00 Mamey

Israel has expertise in efficient use of water and afforestation in arid zones. Three case studies will be presented on agricultural production and forestry under desert climate regimes, characterized by low rainfall and high temperatures. Techniques for overcoming constraints will be discussed.

Integrating adaptation needs in REDD+ sub-national schemes
Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN Bolivia)
20:15-21:45 Mamey

Forest ecosystems play a crucial role in adaptation and mitigation. FAN-Bolivia presents approaches to integrate adaptation into REDD+ sub-national initiatives. Results of regional climate models and impact assessments are factored in into the design and implementation of a REDD+ program.


Progress, prospects and challenges for REDD+ governance
Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon)
11:30-13:00 Mamey

Governance is critical for REDD+ as finance grows and countries move to reduce forest loss. Speakers from REDD+ countries, civil society, donor countries and programs will debate the state of forest governance in international, national and regional processes and what needs to happen in 2011.

State of investments and knowledge wetland emissions reductions
Wetlands International
11:30-13:30 Monarca

Experts and donor countries present current investments and activities for reducing emissions from tropical peatlands.

Delivering as One: Achievements and lessons learned from REDD+ readiness activities
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
13:20-14:40 Mamey

As countries’ REDD+ readiness activities advance, it is vital to assess achievements and lessons learnt for future progress. FAO, UNDP and UNEP will convene with stakeholders to reflect on what the UN-REDD Programme’s work has achieved to date and explore ways to build on this momentum.

FPIC in UN-REDD country programs: First-hand experience from Asia
Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC)
15:00-16:30 Mamey

Commitment to FPIC is vital for the UN-REDD program to successfully carry out its activities. Practical experience of FPIC processes from the Vietnam and Indonesia country programs, evaluated using a toolkit developed by RECOFTC and regional CSOs, provide lessons for REDD+ program development.

REDD-plus: Enhancing environmental services and private sector participation
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
16:45-18:15 Mamey

ITTO, its members and partners have been promoting REDD+ related projects in the tropics to enhance forest related environmental services. Examples will be presented, including the participation of the private sector.

A Guide to Learning about Livelihood Impacts of REDD+ Projects
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
19:00-21:00 Tulum Ballroom, Presidente Intercontinental Hotel, Boulevard Kukulkan Km 7.5

A guide to learning about livelihood impacts of REDD+ projects is a resource for REDD+ stakeholders to undertake rigorous evaluation of the social welfare impacts of REDD+ projects. Despite decades of environment and development initiatives, we remain without a solid understanding of the direct social welfare impacts of most conservation oriented projects, and what underlying causal mechanisms link observed outcomes to intervention activities. Given the nature of REDD+ as a results based conservation mechanism, we have a tremendous opportunity to learn about factors that lead to favorable social welfare outcomes. The diversity of REDD+ proponents and mechanisms for realizing co-benefits creates an opportunity to learn collectively about how to design and implement future REDD+ initiatives.

The future of the carbon markets: challenges and the way forward for the EU
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
18:30-20:00 Jaguar

This event lays out the challenges of the carbon market under a future international agreement, examines the potential roles of the EU ETS and flexible mechanisms including the CDM, JI, and sectoral crediting/ trading in the market development, and discusses the key design elements of the ETS.

Large-scale bioenergy, REDD, and GMO trees
Global Justice Ecology Project, Inc. (GJEP)
20:15-21:45 Sandia

The scaling-up of industrial wood-based bioenergy in Europe and North America; the promotion of REDD, biochar and the use of GMO trees in climate mitigation schemes will have serious impacts on forests and forest dependent indigenous peoples. A panel of experts will address these impacts.

Foro Indígena de Abya Yala sobre C. C.:PP.II. REDD-Plus y consentimiento libre previo e informado
Asociación AK Tenamit (AAT)
20:15-21:45 Mamey

Presentar el posicionamiento de los Pueblos Indígenas sobre REDD-Plus, los procesos de consulta, libre, previa e informada, los derechos territoriales, la gobernanza y los protocolos indígenas ante las acciones de cambio climatico.


Addressing climate change and REDD+ using indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and practices
Tebtebba Foundation
11:30-13:00 Mamey

The side event will highlight how indigenous peoples are addressing climate change and REDD+ in various regions of the world using their traditional knowledge.

Is climate-smart agriculture possible?
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
13:20-14:40 Águila

Presentations by countries will showcase approaches to climate-smart agriculture – agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes GHGs (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals.

Pueblos Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica, Cambio Climático y aplicación de sus derechos
Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
15:00-16:30 Monarca

Visibilización de prácticas de mecanismos REDD en territorios de los pueblos indígenas amazónicos, casos concretos como Bolivia. Actores bilaterales, multilaterales sus propuestas e incorporación de derechos de los pueblos indígenas en las mimas.

Current status and prospects for REDD+ in the Amazon
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
15:00-18:00 Marriott Hotel on Boulevard Kukulcan, Retorno Chac L-41

The event will focus on REDD+ challenges and opportunities in the Amazon. Participants will highlight the bottlenecks in public financing and market-based funding mechanisms for forest conservation. We will also address the importance of and potential for using REDD+ to conserve the Amazon biome. Participants will hear various perspectives on REDD+ from the main stakeholders in the Amazon, including policy makers, NGOs, traditional forest communities and Indigenous People. Key messages and findings from the event will be presented at Forest Day 4 on December 5.

Transition to climate friendly agriculture: the current finance regime versus viable alternatives
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
16:45-18:15 Mamey

An IATP/IFOAM event. Transforming agriculture for mitigatiandn/adaptation while strengthening food rights and rural livelihoods requires reliable public funding. Speakers discuss current climate financing and alternatives, U.S. Farm Bill reforms, agro-ecological approaches and viable bottom-up practices.

Climate techno-fixes: Is the cure worse than the disease?
ETC Group (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) (ETC Group)
20:15-21:45 Sandia

Event by ETC and EcoNexus. Proposed technofixes include geoengineering (ocean fertilization, stratospheric aerosols and cloud whitening) as well as synthetic biology, biofuels, biochar and GE monocultures across millions of hectares. Hear how the impacts of these “solutions” could be worse than those of climate change itself.

Innovating and inspiring new thinking on the social dimensions of climate change
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
16:45-18:15 Jaguar

What rationales are behind climate change debates? How are they linked to gendered roles, knowledge and responsibilities? The event will reflect innovative thinking on these issues from the BRIDGE cutting edge programme and discuss how to create wise, sustainable solutions. Co-hosted by LIFE and IDS.

Biochar’s mitigation and adaptation potential for global agricultural systems and soil benefits
International Biochar Initiative (IBI)
20:15-21:45 Cacao

Sustainable biochar systems can enhance agricultural productivity, particularly on degraded soils, and enhance adaptation. Global biochar projects will be highlighted, as well as new data on potential CO2 removals, at long timescales, from sustainable biochar systems.


Leveraging multilateral trade to address climate interface
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
18:30-20:00 Jaguar

This event will showcase an array of trade and climate linkages focusing on how trade can enable progress on climate mitigation and adaptation. Topics include: intellectual property; climate friendly goods; addressing poverty and building resilience; agriculture; carbon-labeling and competitiveness.

Global renewable energy scenarios – a blueprint for a sustainable energy future
European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)
18:30-20:00 Cacao

The side event will present several global renewable energy scenarios showing describing a pathway towards a sustainable energy future based on renewable energy sources.

Lessons learned from FLEGT for REDD
20:15-21:45 Monarca

What does the European Union’s FLEGT programme tell us about the likelihood of early REDD initiatives for strengthening rights and improving forest governance? This joint side event between FERN, EFI and the European Commission outlines how the VPA negotiations can inform the REDD debate.

Women’s leadership on Climate Chnage Justice and the Grassroots Perspective
Mary Robinson Foundation, The Green Belt Movement, Realizing Rights, Cw2, The Nobel Women’s Initiative
20:15-21:45 Jaguar

Mary Robinson, president of Realizing Rights and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, will be joined by Constance Okollet, Chairperson of Osukuru United Women’s Network, Uganda and founding member of Climate Wise Women, and Francesca de Gasparis, Director of the Green Belt Movement – Europe, to discuss strategies for women’s participation in decision-making on climate change. Panellists and respondents will explore issues including impacts, adaptation, lessons from the grassroots on REDD+, climate justice and local solutions. Moderator: Lorena Aguilar of the IUCN, Costa Rica. In her recorded endorsement Green Belt Movement founder and Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai will reiterate the critical need for women’s leadership on climate change.


Forest Day 4
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
All day Cancun Center, Cancun

Due to overwhelming demand, public registration for Forest Day 4 is now closed. Still, people wanting to attend the event are encouraged to apply below and organisers will review applications on a case-by-case basis.
For registration inquiries please contact


Making climate finance work for the poor and for the environment – Towards Social and Environmental Safeguards for Climate Finance
Cooperation internationale pour le développement et la solidarité (CIDSE)
11:30-13:00 Monarca

CIDSE and Caritas Internationalis will host a debate on the development of social and environmental safeguards that guarantee the protection of vulnerable communities and local environments, and to ensure that they are applicable to the range of expected climate flows.

REDD Plus mechanism in the West African region: The cross river state vision and partnership
Association des clubs des amis de la nature du Cameroun (ACAN)
11:30-13:00 Mamey

The challenge associated with implementing the REDD Plus mechanism and LULUCF in West Africa continues to multiply after Copenhagen, other partnership activities developed so far: The Cross Rivers State forestry Commission,the Cross River State Tourism Bureau Nigeria, ANCC, ACAN.

REDD, REDD+, REDD++, REDD+++:Implications for Indigenous Rights and local communities
International Forum for Climate Justice
15:00-17:30 MUP Palas Cancún

15:00 – Mayan Indigenous Prayer
15:10 – Welcome and Introduction on REDD+++ training by moderator, Ana Filippini of WRM
15:15 – Introduction to REDD/REDD-plus and REDD-plus-plus-plus: Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition, Paraguay
15:25 – What is Carbon Trading and Offsets? IEN
15:35 – Questions/Answers
15:45 – Voices from the Forest Lands, Concerns with REDD+ (Cecilio Solis, Mexico; Gustavo Castro, Otros Mundos/FoE- Mexico; Marlon Santi, Conaie, Ecuador; Teguh Surya, WALHI/FoE-Indonesia; La Via Campesina speaker; Blessing J. Karumbidza, Timberwatch, South Africa)
16:25 – Anne Petermann, GJEP, USA on risks of bio-energy, biochar and GE trees
16:35 – Questions/Answers
16:45 – Regional break-out groups to develop campaign strategies
17:15 – questions that may have surged from the break-out groups
17:25 – Brief closing remarks by Southern IPO speakers (Marcial Arias of International Alliance of indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forest and Fiu Elisara of OLSSI/GFC)

Biofuel expansion in the forest frontier: Trends, impacts and implications for governance
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
17:30-19:30 Tulum Ballroom in the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel Boulevard Kukulkan Km 7.5

Preoccupation with energy security and global climate change in industrialized countries, and with an unfavorable balance of trade and the potential for capturing value in the global carbon market by developing countries, have together placed biofuels firmly on the map of global land use change. Biofuels are viewed by many as having the potential to satisfy the world’s energy demand in a sustainable way while reducing its climate impact. While this may be true under certain circumstances, a number of recent findings bring this assumption into question while simultaneously raising concerns about the social and economic costs of such a fuel transition. This panel will present recent findings from research carried out by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Joanneum Research, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), the Council on Strategic and Industrial Research (CSIR), Stockholm Environment Institute and Profundo Economic Research. Presentations and discussions will explore two key themes. The first, trends in biofuels expansion and related impacts in the tropical forest zone, will look at global trends in biofuel production, trade and expansion and case studies on local social and environmental impacts. The second theme, instruments for governing the trade-offs of biofuel expansion, will look at national legal and institutional frameworks promoting and regulating the feedstock sector, improved methods for carbon accounting, and mechanisms for governing biofuel finance.

Land-use change in southeast Asian peatlands and mangroves: Implications for the climate system
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
17:30-19:30 Tulum Ballroom in the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel Boulevard Kukulkan Km 7.5

This panel will present research results from the Center for International Forestry Research, the US Forest Service, the Indonesian Soils Research Institute, and the Global Environment Center. The presentations will show new assessments of carbon stocks in these ecosystems, which suggest that C stocks may be much higher than anticipated. Research teams are looking at several
currently widespread types of conversion and will present new estimates of the effects of these conversions on greenhouse gas emission that show how impacts of land-use change may be dangerous for the climate system. These analyses will help better target climate change mitigation actions and improve greenhouse gas accounting methods. Restoration of degraded peatland and mangrove ecosystems is an effective way to reduce emissions and maintain the carbon storage function of the ecosystems. It is anticipated that in the future – carbon finance may be one of the important sources of funds to support protection and rehabilitation of peatlands and mangroves in the region.

Improved forest management in the tropics to reduce carbon emissions: opportunities and challenges with forest certification
Forest Stewardship Council and The Nature Conservancy
18:00-20:00 Xcaret (2nd level)

Conventional timber harvesting in primary tropical forests has deleterious effects on biodiversity and carbon stocks. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) host an exploration of Improved Forest Management and Reduced Impact Logging practices that minimize those impacts.

Promoting agriculture and forestry responses to climate change
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
18:30-20:00 Mamey

This event will hear from development organizations, donors, farmers, civil society and the private sector on how agriculture and forestry can better integrate in its approaches to sustainable agriculture, forestry and climate change for food security. This event will build on the outcomes of Agriculture and Rural Development Day (on Dec. 4) and Forest Day (on Dec. 5).

Low Carbon Development Strategies – Panacea or Placebo?
German Development Institute (DIE – Bonn)
20:15-21:45 Mamey

Jointly held by Chatham House and DIE. International experts discuss barriers and opportunities for LCDS, present experiences from China, South Africa and SE Asia and lessons for other developing countries. Furthermore we discuss the potential of agriculture for low carbon development in Africa.


Climate change impacts and challenges in Guatemala, Central America.
13:20-14:40 Sandia

Vulnerability issues: economic impact of climate change in Guatemala. Need for a change in behaviors and attitudes. Mitigation opportunities: Forests and climate change initiatives, and use of renewable energies, energy efficiency and technology transfer.

Sustainable Development in Africa and the role of the Carbon Market
18:30-20:00 Pitaya

This session will discuss the role of the Carbon Market as a vehicle for green investments and capacity development experiences to enhance the engagement in the CDM in Africa.

Renewables working together: Optimisation and establishing a global renewable energy investment fund
International Hydropower Association (IHA)
20:15-21:45 Mamey

REN Alliance, the partnership of the world’s bioenergy, geothermal, hydro, solar and wind sectors build on their call for a Global Investment Fund for Renewable Energy at Copenhagen 2009, including why optimising the synergies between renewables is key to solving global energy and climate challenges.


Leveraging carbon markets for adaptation, mitigation and poverty alleviation in the rural sector
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
11:30-13:00 Monarca

Farmers, government officials and NGOs from Asia will share experiences on leveraging carbon markets to support sustainable agriculture and transform rural livelihoods. Discussion will follow on using this experience to inform market design and facilitate countries docking into existing carbon markets.

A REDD strategy for Mexico
13:20-14:40 Jaguar

Mexico will present its national strategy for REDD.

Presentation of the Regional Strategy on Climate Change (ERCC)
Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD)
16:45-18:15 Monarca

This event is a presentation of a regional strategy which shows a common initiatives and efforts from countries of Central America and Dominican Republic in topics like: Mitigation, adaptation, vulnerability, etc. to climate change.

Fostering political action for reducing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon
Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM)
20:15-21:45 Águila

Stakeholder engagement and political action on REDD+ in Brazil: at local, state and national levels. IPAM provides presentations and expert discussion on participatory political processes, from multi-stakeholder regional planning to harmonization of sub-national targets within the national policy.

Global automakers (ACEA/Alliance/JAMA) – advancing transport CO2 reduction around the globe
Association des constructeurs européens d’automobiles (ACEA)
20:15-21:45 Cacao

Automobile manufacturers are fitting advanced technologies to reduce CO2. For mobility globally, is there one ideal solution? What works for developed and developing countries, in cities and rural areas? How do fuels, infrastructure, consumers fit in? Find out what policies can magnify CO2 reduction.


Update on US climate activities
United States of America
13:20-14:40 Jaguar

Update on US climate activities

Ending deforestation for cattle: challenges, opportunities and workable solutions
National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
16:45-18:15 Jaguar

Industry associations, NGOs, meat and leather brands have taken steps to end deforestation for cattle, a major source of Brazil’s GHG emissions. Mapping ranches, monitoring deforestation and adopting innovative policies in supply chains can enable a deforestation-free cattle industry to thrive.

GCF: Cooperation among subnational governments and NGOs on REDD (Hosted by Nigeria and the TFG)
Tropical Forest Group (TFG)
16:45-18:15 Mamey

The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF) is a subnational coalition of 14 states and provinces in Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, Mexico, and USA working with NGOs and other stakeholders to protect the climate and forests by integrating REDD into emerging greenhouse gas compliance regimes.

The Africa green fund
African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
18:30-20:00 Jaguar

Towards achieving sustainable development for Africa: Evaluating the past and looking into the future, harnessing finance opportunities, supporting adaptation efforts, clean energy and mitigation, and ensuring a green growth economy.

Carbon Capture and Storage; recent developments and next steps
Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA)
20:15-21:45 Cacao

Addressing climate change requires the rapid, large-scale deployment of CCS in both developed and developing countries as well as in multiple sectors including power, CO2-intensive industry and renewable biomass for negative emissions. This event looks at progress to date and future prospects.

Experiencias innovadoras desde América Latina en respuesta al Cambio climatico frente al CMNUCC.
Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN)
20:15-21:45 Pitaya

Como aporte ante CMNUCC se presentara la sistematización de herramientas innovadoras de mitigacion, adaptación y finaciamiento ante el cambio climatico, como el Fondo Amazonia de Brasil y el proyecto Yasunni de Ecuador comentado por presidente WWF y secretario CMNUCC en Kioto

LULUCF changes required to support mitigation
Climate Action Network Canada (CAN-Rac)
11:30-13:00 Jaguar

Climate Action Network will present on key outstanding decisions needed in Cancun to ensure LULUCF preserves and strengthens ambition rather than undermines it. Presentation and discussion. Parties welcome.


Climate Compatible Development Plans: Synergizing goals for development, mitigation and adaptation: Experiences of Dominican Republic, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
13:20-14:40 Águila

This event will introduce PNG efforts to address drivers of deforestation.

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  1. Most of the losses of biodiversity is due to developments that have nothing to do with climate change but with land use management, traditional rights, indigenous people, logging, fuel wood need, prices of wildlive in the OECD countries and others.
    To suggest that REDD will save the biodiversity in the forest areas is a fundamental optimist and little bit simple minded. There is also a argument not to include REDD in the climate negotiations. It makes a climate deal even more complicated. Why can REDD (biodoversity and forest) not be discussed sufficiently within CBD? Is that because the CBD has not sufficient international political clought? REDD in my view is an extra complication for a climate deal. That should be (for political reasons) avoided without ignoring the importance of biodoversity and forest. I would not recommend people that have (traditional) rights and therefor own the forest to allow others to own also a piece of that forest. Why should one trust them. Look to the past. What are the lessons there? Were (traditional) landrights enhanced or weakened?

  2. what a constant piece of rubbish this REDD or REDD+ has always been,
    to add what a waste of money to structure lies and untruths and all of these ridiculous meetings.
    the world does not need this it is preventing the real issues from being solved.
    These EU , WB and REDD+ organisers are complete idiots and are just wasteing everyones time and money.
    When will someone stand up and put REDD and these idiots from the UNFCCC and World Bankin the rubbish bin where it all belongs.

  3. The Eliasch Review had quite a lot of modelling results, indicating a very large funding gap to reduce deforestation, i.e. the carbon market as is won’t be able to pay for REDD. I don’t know whether anyone has looked at the tightness of the cap required.

    Don, re. your comment: Tropical forests are still disappearing at horrific rates. Instead of unconstructive criticism, why not come up with some ideas?


  4. @Dan – Thanks! That’s exactly the sort of comment I was hoping for.

    A colleague pointed out that FERN produced a report in June 2009: “Counting the cost: forest credits and their effect on carbon markets“, which covers this topic.

    A pro-carbon trading REDD deal coming out of Cancun in the absence of meaningful emissions reduction targets is not going to work (even on its own deeply flawed terms). So why are the pro-REDD, pro-carbon trading BINGOs not screaming and shouting in Cancun about the need for meaningful, legally binding emission reduction targets?

  5. The article “Financing REDD in developing countries: A supply and demand analysis” might be helpful. It touches on the Eliasch Review data as well. While I don’t exactly agree with some of the conclusions made from the analysis, it does prove to be helpful in problematizing the current targets and caps.

  6. Interesting to read what Pavan Sukhdev, special advisor and head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Economy Initiative says about this – as reported on CIFOR’s blog:

    “Carbon prices are not where they ought to be because caps are too lenient. If caps are too lenient, then you can trade away till kingdom come but you will not get the right price because you’ve created too much supply. It’s a little bit like a central bank flooding the market with too much money – you won’t get the right interest rates.”

    So, why are the pro-carbon market NGOs, traders, think-tanks, governments, financiers not screaming for stronger caps on emissions?