IPBES 5, Day 1: Getting Started

In kind, contributions of an estimated US$14 million dollars have been made to IPBES since 2014. This was in the form of time spent by experts on preparing the assessments. Nonetheless, IPBES is strapped for cash. There is not enough money for IPBES to continue with its current assessments. Members have been encouraged to provide […]

Stakeholder Day: Indigenous & Local Knowledge

During both broad plenary meetings and smaller, break-off group discussions, the importance of elevating and incorporating the knowledge and expertise of indigenous and local peoples was a reoccurring theme. The incorporation of indigenous knowledge cannot be limited to late-stage discussions. Rather, successful implementation of the IPBES work programme must necessarily involve local and indigenous actors […]

Engaging Stakeholders at IPBES 5

“Biodiversity and ecosystem services are just as important as climate change!” This was the opening statement from the Chair of The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Sir Robert Watson at the Stakeholder Day at IPBES 5. A major goal of IPBESin the future is making people aware that biodiversity is both relevant […]

Stay focused

World Conference Center Bonn, a venerable venue for this event that links what has been achieved in Paris to what will be worked on in Marrakesh. Delegates negotiating about LULUCF (land use, land use change and climate) have a beautiful view on what they are to preserve: the chestnut trees outside in turn are gently […]

Closing Day at #COP21: Unfinished?

As the information stands of the various organisations and nations were taken down today at the Climate Generations Area at #COP21, a feeling seemed to linger in the air. Looking back at all the excitement and hype surrounding the start of the conference as well as the December 11th, 6 p.m. deadline, we can’t help feeling, […]

Short update – day 12

That was to be expected. Due to remaining issues in the agreements the negotiations will continue and long hours of further debates are expected. A reliable source told us this morning that we should not expect any further official meetings until tomorrow (earliest midday), so (most likely) we will unfortunately not be able to physically […]

Negotiating CDM-practices – PART 1….

The outcome of the last (many many hours) of negotiations as basis: DRAFT TEXT On CMP 11 agenda item 4 Issues relating to the clean development mechanism Version 2 of 5 December 2015 at 18:00 …… [Requests the Executive Board to explore synergies between CDM and other market mechanisms and carbon pricing instruments to ensure […]

COP21-The second week

When we arrived to Paris at the beginning of this week, negotiating texts had been prepared for ministers and all options are on the table. Out of these options, two very different deals can be highlighted. First, the so-called no-regrets deal, which aims to keep warming to 1.5°C and second, the ‘minimalist deal’ or more […]