IIED at the COP18 UN climate summit

15 November 2012

Ever since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1995, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC have met each year to assess progress. Some of IIED’s researchers will attend the climate change talks and support the Least Developed country negotiators at this year’s conference (COP18). Other IIED staff will lead side events on topics such as communicating climate change and reducing emissions from deforestation while helping the poor. Read our latest blogs or follow us on twitter to keep up to date on developments and our activities during the COP18.

What does it take to achieve pro-poor REDD+?

Forestry image by Mike GoldwaterDate: 29 November

Location: Gokulam Park Hotel

Time: 4 – 7:30 pm (followed by a reception)

National approaches to Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) are currently favoured as a way of scaling up projects and of cutting down on project management costs and minimising financial spending. But they also raise challenges for ensuring the equitable distribution of costs and benefits. There are many concerns about how REDD+ will play out nationally and locally, with fears that it will lead to elite capture, corrupt practices and exclusion of weaker or vulnerable groups, such as women, landless, migrants in the communities.

The workshop will also examine how and to what extent REDD+ governance can go beyond ‘doing no harm’ to improving the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities. It will also aim to answer what contribution bottom-up approaches can make to ensuring a more equitable distribution of the costs and benefits of REDD+?

The session will draw on research by IIED and Norwegian University of Life Sciences and partners in Brazil, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. Some partners will present their findings and experience.

Keynote speaker: Ms. Mette Loyche Wilkie, Interim Head of UN-REDD Programme Secretariat.

Read the full REDD+ workshop programme

This workshop is free and open to anyone interested, but attendees need to register in advance as places are limited. To register, please email forestry@iied.org.

Related reading

REDD+ related publications

Development & Climate days: Innovative approaches and incisive dialogue for climate-smart development

Development and climate daysDate: December 1-2nd 2012

Location: Ezdan Hotel, Doha

Over the past ten years, the D&C days have brought together policy-makers, scientists and development practitioners to debate the central theme of climate change adaptation (CCA).

The sessions will focus on learning-by-doing, featuring innovative dialogues between negotiators and policy makers, knowledge centres and practitioners on innovative approaches to climate-smart development.

Register to take part or find out more [PDF] about the two day event.

The Adaptation Practitioners Days will answer the question: “what is adaptation in practice?” through sharing climate adaptation examples and experiences and by sharing lessons learned from over 10 years of adaptation financing under the UNFCCC Climate Change Funds – the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund.

The 10th anniversary of the Development and Climate Days is organized in a new partnership between the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Climate and Development Network (CDKN).

IIED/Gambia Side event:  National Adaptation Planning Processes in Least Developed Countries

Bangladeshi woman collecting fresh water from a pond in Nildumur village. She has to take the boat from their homes on Gabora island, because they have no access to fresh water on the island. PHoto: Espen Rasmussen/PANOS Date: 30th November 2012

Time: 8.15 pm – 9.45 pm

Location: Side Event: Room No. 4, Convention Centre

How are Least Developed Countries (LDC) mainstreaming climate adaptation in their development planning while factoring in climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation? This joint  IIED/ Gambia side event organised by the Climate Change Group will focus on answering that question drawing on research by IIED and LDC countries.

There are many challenges countries encounter in mainstreaming climate change, which range from securing financing for funding climate adaptation work and developing the appropriate technology and skills. IIED will share its findings from a study-in-progress of a Pilot programme for climate resilience (under the Climate Investment Funds) and cross-country workshop (held in Tanzania) on mainstreaming climate change in development planning.

The panel discussion will give LDC representatives an opportunity to present their current experience in national adaptation planning processes with a view to assess their effectiveness and further needs for better national adaptation planning processes in the future.

Pa Ousman Jarju (the LDC chair) will be chairing the event. 

No registration needed.

Contact person: Neha Rai, neha.rai@iied.org

Governance frameworks for REDD+: IIED at CIFOR’s Forest day

ForestDate: 2 December 2012

Now in its sixth year, the CIFOR forest day is a “platform …to ensure that forests are high on the agenda of global and national climate strategies”. IIED researchers and partners will be speaking at the CIFOR Forest day Issues marketplace, to present ideas which will then be discussed and debated. Their presentation will focus on the design of equitable Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) governance frameworks at national and local levels. Particular consideration will be given to the interplay between the bottom-up approaches of REDD+ pilot projects and the national approaches to REDD+ that are increasingly favoured. Different options for designing benefit distribution systems will be explored, taking lessons from the local level into account.

Tanzania: What’s needed to make REDD pro-poor?

Low income settlement near Kurasini, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo by Diana MitlinDate: 3 December 2012

Time: 16:45—18:15

Location: Qatar Convention Centre Side Event Room 8

This Official UNFCCC side event  will explore the socio-economic dimensions of REDD+, specifically pro-poor models and the private sector’s role. Lessons will be shared from Tanzanian pilot projects testing out pro-poor models and benefit mechanisms. Global lessons on private sector engagement with REDD will be shared.

Speakers: Maryanne Grieg-Gran (Chair), Peter Ndunda, Isilda Nhantumbo and Geofrey Mwanjela.

Climate Communications Day

Google earthDate: 4 December 2012

Location: Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center, Education City

Time: Registration begins at 8:30

Twitter hashtag: #CCommsDayTwitter hashtag: #CCommsDay

The 2nd Annual Climate Communications Day will examine how to use new approaches to communicate climate change to both new and existing audiences. The free event is hosted by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). To attend, please register online.

The event will include sessions on:

  • Findings from Climate Asia – Asia’s largest ever public survey on public understandings of climate change.
  • New mapping and visualization tools being developed by Google Earth, Ushahidi and others to make it easier than ever for journalists and communicators to display scientific data in an appealing and meaningful way.
  • Communicating climate change with games
  • Climate comedy: We will view, laugh at and discuss climate comedy in a range of media.

The day will end with a reception, which will provide the 200+ attendees with an opportunity to network.

Find out more