Dispatches from Bonn: A Small Step Closer to Copenhagen

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Published on June 12th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  


The hallways are clearing out here on the last day of the UN climate negotiations in Bonn. Two weeks of negotiations and meetings have resulted in a long document, a lot of options and a lack of leadership.

For the Conservancy, we’ve seen a couple of steps forward, and some steps back as well. On the positive side, for the first time negotiators have recognized the valuable role natural systems can play in terms of protecting the world’s most vulnerable communities from the impacts of climate change, by including ecosystem-based adaptation in the text.

Negotiators also made progress on working through some issues related to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries, slowly whittling through the details needed to get this framework in place.

But there are some troubling developments in terms of a proposal on forest carbon rules for developed countries that could allow emissions to increase with little accountability.

You can read more about this in our statement about the talks.

From here the negotiations take a short break before regrouping in Bonn again in early August.

As for me, I’m looking forward to a long quiet flight home. I hope to collect some more personal reflections and perspectives about the past two weeks to share next week.

(Photo: Morning in Bonn, by Matthais Zepper, used under a Creative Commons license.)

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