onsdag 17. juni 2009

Session 2:
 Frances Seymour on Forests in the new climate agreement: What would be the ideal solution? 

Frances Seymour, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia

Frances' talk focused on the 5 "E"s involved in coming up with the "ideal" solution for forests in the new climate agreement: effectiveness, emissions, efficiency, equitable and expectations.

Effectiveness: Most current emissions are from a few countries, in a few ecosystems (Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia).

Emissions must be reduced in these places first.

Efficient: Limit credits for reductions to real reductions. The determination of reference levels should minimize the scope for political manipulation. Minimize money and time on approaches that do not work.

Equitable: fair; protects the poor and vulnerable. North South equity. North must cut emissions and transfer money to south for compensation for preserving forests.

Expectations must be appropriately set. There is no one size fits all model when it comes to REDD implementation. There will be different models, paces, and changing reference levels.

The best agreement is one that recognizes there is no ideal solution and that respects indigenous rights.

Frances concluded by saying that there cannot be business as usual in emissions or in development aid anymore. There is a need to move to results based, performance based incentives that need to be spelled out in an agreement.

Click here for more background information on Frances and her work.

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