Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Forest Negotiations Begin at Bangkok Climate Change Talks

The first closed-door session on accounting rules for forests and land use is now underway at Bangkok. There will be six negotiating sessions here over the next couple of weeks. It is widely felt that negotiators will be under pressure to make real progress here - without clear rules for how forest emissions affect the compliance of developed countries with emission reduction commitments, there can be no agreement.

At the opening session yesterday, the Chair of the negotiating process under the Kyoto Protocol cited three main issues of consequence:
  • How emissions from natural disturbances are dealt with;
  • The overall accounting approach for forest management and whether limits need to be placed on what countries can claim;
  • How carbon stored in harvested wood products are dealt with.
I have other questions: will there be a commitment to protecting reservoirs of GHGs in intact forests? Will the new rules make countries accountable or a will they create a new slush fund of credits that suit particular national circumstances?

A few parties have started posting their submissions for this session (Canada, Japan and New Zealand so far). These submissions are starting to be heavier on data, so people can see the possible implications of rule changes.

1 comment:

Toronto Home Staging said...

How carbon stored in harvested wood products are dealt with? This question interests me the most. I wonder what kind of technology is used for this process. Must be very interesting, I'll have research it a bit. Thanks for your post,

take care, Ella