by Naomi van den Berg Now, a week after the finalization of the 46th intersessional climate change conference of the United Nations, plenty of time for reflection has passed. This means it is time for a good recap of the conference. Such an international, multi-stakeholder platform may seem pretty overwhelming. Lots of different topics … Continue reading Looking back: what were the key results of the 46th intersessional UNFCCC conference? And what about forests?
by Celina Schelle In light of the many meetings and presentations about what needs to be done, side events about ongoing initiatives and success stories were very refreshing and motivating! Yes, we are not only negotiating about an abstract future, there are quite some people engaged in creative problem solving bringing us ahead towards … Continue reading The Nubian Vault Association – a way towards an environmentally & socially just society
by Celina Schelle Agroforestry, combining adaptation and mitigation, has been the repeatedly suggested solution to address agriculture and deforestation in the light of climate change and increasing populations. The question of how to finance agroforestry initiatives has been answered by several experts with a discussion on the potential of impact investments. What does impact … Continue reading Agroforestry – disclosure of potentials and challenges to Finance Nature Conservation and Biodiversity
by Naomi van den Berg The UNFCCC showers you with a number of fancy words that get repeated endlessly: mitigation, adaptation, facilitation, framework, negotiations, and – of course – carbon. Carbon, the element of life, has drastically changed its reputation in the past few decades or so, turning out to detrimentally change our climate. But … Continue reading Carbon, carbon, carbon & billions of trees
by Steffen Dehn The IFSA delegation attended a side event that dealt with protecting and restoring the global forest carbon stock. The first panelist dealt with the topic in the European context. The panelist started off with the fact that currently, in the EU there is zero net forest cover loss. He went on … Continue reading Protecting and restoring the global forest carbon stock
by Celina Schelle Today the first expert meeting on adaptation was taking place. The discussion was split up in two parts with the IFSA delegation being actively engaged in both. Our main aim was to communicate the ideas which we developed in our working group on adaptation. The first round of the expert meeting included … Continue reading Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation – Societal Resilience
by Naomi van den Berg The UNFCCC truly covers all possible linkages of a diverse range of phenomena/processes to climate change. And yes, your choice of diet is one of them. Now, we know that the topic of shifting one’s diet not a very popular one. After all, what we eat surely is our own … Continue reading What your dinner has to do with forests
by Naomi van den Berg Ecosystem: a term that never fails to spark my interest, and I was happy to learn there was a session on ecosystem dynamics on my first day at this conference. After having been overwhelmed by many fancy acronyms, I was familiarized with a new one: EbA. EbA stands for ecosystem-based … Continue reading Ecosystem-based adaptation: socio-ecological advancement.
by Steffen Dehn The IFSA delegation attended a side event that specifically dealt with the issue how climate change can be tackled while ensuring the rights of the people with an emphasis on indigenous people. Although the rights of indigenous people are not mentioned in the articles of the Paris Agreement, the preamble sets the … Continue reading Delivering on Paris: Combating climate change while protecting rights
By Max Behringer Yesterday evening the visit of Amina J. Mohammed UN Deputy Secretary-General was announced. She is the former environmental minister of Nigeria and experienced in her work there the importance of the integration of women, youth, civil society and business in the implementation of climate protection goals. In her encouraging and inspiring speech, … Continue reading Surprise on Saturday: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed visiting the UNFCCC Conference in Bonn