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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Posted 5:41 PM by Tevita
Draft resolution on REDD sails through to Copenhagen
From : PACNEWS
By Makereta Komai(Pacific communications team), Poznan, Poland
12 DECEMBER 2008 POZNAN (Pacnews) ---- After three years of scientific research and trials of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), a draft conclusion, which introduces a possible draft text for a new carbon trading initiative has been endorsed in Poznan.
The draft conclusion was adopted by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advance (SBSTA), one of the scientific bodies created within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The resolution gives SBSTA the authority to convene more discussion on the so-called ‘methodological issues.’
“The UNFCCC Secretariat, subject to funding, is to organise an expert meeting before Copenhagen, to discuss reference emission levels for deforestation and forest degradation, the draft resolution said.
The Secretariat will also prepare a technical paper on the cost of implementing and monitoring systems related to REDD and assess carbon stocks. It will also collate experiences and views of rainforest nations, who have trialled, REDD methodologies.
By February next year, Parties are requested to submit their experiences with REDD methodologies.
“SBSTA also invites Parties and accredited observers to submit to the Secretariat their views on issues relating to indigenous people and local communities.”
A number of indigenous leaders outside the session did not want to comment on the draft resolution.
“We want to study the resolution first, but as it is, our concerns seem watered down.
“According to paragraph 15 of the draft resolution, the Secretariat will only seek our views but not formally engage in any dialogue with us,” said an indigenous leader who did not wish to be named.
“Indigenous peoples must not be excluded from, and should be centrally involved in and benefit from, all climate change and forest programmes and policies at all levels to ensure that they deliver justice and equity and contribute to sustainable development, biodiversity protection, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, a text from their submission to SBSTA.
Papua New Guinea, one of the two sponsors of the REDD initiative, described the inclusion of a draft resolution as a ‘success story’ for a developing country.
It will make a statement on REDD at the high level segment tomorrow (Friday 12 Dec), when its Ambassador at the United Nations, Robert Aisi, delivers PNG’s statement on behalf of its forest minister, Beldan Namah.
Even though REDD has not been adopted as a formal UNFCCC mechanism, many industrialised countries, or Annex 1 countries have made financial contributions to REDD.
The two major commitments have come from the European Union, which has promised €1.3 billion and Norway, around US$3 billion. United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Milliband announced that £100 million has been set aside for rainforest nations.
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