by Sebastian Kägler Biofuel. Biofuel. Everybody talks about biofuel… But what exactly is biofuel? Other titles can also be biodiesel or renewable diesel and it is mainly produced from fats, extracted from oil palms. Furthermore, it also could be extracted out of vegetable oils (e.g. rapeseeds or sunflowers) which then are hydrotreated to be suitable … Continue reading How “bio” biofuels really are
By Max Behringer During the SB48 climate change conference in Bonn it is easy to get lost in all the abbreviations and it is actually quite hard to find the trees in the negotiations. To ease the understanding, we started a document with all the abbreviations we came across. So, if you get lost in … Continue reading There are trees in Talanoa
By Sebastian Kägler The first obligatory date for our delegation of the second week wasn’t any official plenary, but the kick-off meeting of YOUNGO, the official representatives of youth in the UNFCCC. It was a good opportunity for us to get some insight in the negotiations and the ongoing processes. Besides that, basic information, we … Continue reading IFSA and the world of working groups
By Niclas Hoegel After coming back from SERM’ 18, our Southern European Regional Meeting, that took place in Portugal this year I was curious to hear more professional opinions on behalf of Portugal’s problem with forest fires. On a panel about the main drivers of deforestation on the SB48 conference of UNFCC I was able … Continue reading The future of Portugal’s eucalyptus plantations
By Max Behringer Wetlands are tremendously important ecosystems that occur throughout all climate zones. They are hotspots of biodiversity and home to highly adapted organism like mangrove trees and carnivorous plants. Wetlands include ecosystems like mangroves, peatlands, deltas, floodplains etc.. To maintain these ecosystems water flows need to be managed sustainable to avoid widespread ecosystem … Continue reading Water stress and human mobility a Wetlands international side event
On Thursday a workshop organised by the YOUNGO Oceans Working Group took place to provide an exchange about the progress on the Ocean Pathway Program since COP23. In COP23 Oceans and coastal zones received top priority when the Fiji Presidency announces the Ocean Pathway, aimed to unite the climate change actions and oceans. In this … Continue reading Talanoa Session: The Ocean Partnership beyond COP23
Successful implementation of REDD+ depends on sufficient finance. Speakers in this event explored REDD+ finance flows from donor to recipient countries, identifying where they do and do not go, analyzing what this means for the progress of REDD+, and drawing conclusions for further action. This event organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), … Continue reading Does money go to trees? Assessing finance flows to maximize the impact of REDD+
‘Actors who are trying to burn down the table should not sit around it’ - Corporate Accountability International A controversial buzz is ringing throughout the SB48 negotiations. Non-Party stakeholders are getting more and more influence and are able to openly express their views and stories, particularly through the Talanoa Dialogue movement. Talanoa Dialogue was … Continue reading Non-Party Stakeholders: A Conflict of Interest?
By Lisa Prior Between all the acronyms and technical terms used here in Bonn theses days, one word leaps out: Talanoa! Talanoa is a special form of communication from the pacific islands and was introduced to the UNFCCC by the Fijian Presidency at COP 23 in Bonn last year. The key is an open, moderated … Continue reading Talanoa – Let’s talk!
A Part of the IFSA Delegation attended a side event called ‘Agroecology and cities. Energy efficiency and sustainable development systems’, held by COBASE, a research and planning organisation based in Rome, Italy. The Event started with the technical aspect of renewable electrical cities and the principle of bioeconomy, which will provide better adapted cities. The … Continue reading Agroecology and cities: Energy efficiency and sustainable development systems