The climate team has been busy following key discussion item under negotiation, such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and climate finance. As the first week of COP 18 (Conference of the Parties) closes I’d like to take a look back on one of the hot topics for conservation organizations: technical guidance on the implementation of REDD+.
The UNFCCC’s (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Science and Technical advisory body known as SBSTA (The Subsidiary Body for Science and Technological Advice) is currently tasked with the job of constructing the methodological guidance needed to move REDD+ beyond project-scale work, to function on the scale of countries. There were some thorny and difficult issues for the SBSTA at COP 18 in Doha, which only met during the first week of negotiations. Read the rest of this entry ?