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World Conference Center Bonn, a venerable venue for this event that links what has been achieved in Paris to what will be worked on in Marrakesh. Delegates negotiating about LULUCF (land use, land use change and climate) have a beautiful view on what they are to preserve: the chestnut trees outside in turn are gently wondering about how much the “summit of creation” inside the conference center can debate about WORDS. And while those having a political mandate struggle whether include or not “complete” into the text, the tranquilizing clicking sounds of the typing rest fills the room. Calm discussions are only structured by periodical sounds of incoming text messages.

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Negotiating(Evolving) CDM-practices – PART 2…

FINAL ADOPTED TEXT

On

CMP 11 agenda item 4

Issues relating to the clean development mechanism

9 December 2015

Guidance relating to the CDM for the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM EB);

  1. Requests the Executive Board to analyse the need for measures to ensure the continued participation of designated operational entities in the clean development mechanism, in particular in the regions underrepresented in the clean development mechanism, taking into account paragraph 28 below
  1. Decides to allow the submission of a request for the revision of a baseline and monitoring methodology without a draft project or programme design document in cases where the Executive Board considers that the assessment of such a request can be conducted without the project-specific information;
  1. Requests the Executive Board to implement paragraph 12 above by revising the relevant regulations;

  1. Requests the Executive Board to consider developing a standardized registration template using objective criteria for activities that qualify as automatically additional; see full documentCDM_CMP_11

(why  paragraphs get deformed,evolve or  deleted )

This dialog below concerns paragraph 11 and 12, but it happend throughout the document, 12 paragraphs were either deleted or changed reducing a 40 paragraphed document to 28 .

Comments that reshape agreements

Comments that reshape agreements

-Moses Duguru

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Closing Day at #COP21: Unfinished?

As the information stands of the various organisations and nations were taken down today at the Climate Generations Area at #COP21, a feeling seemed to linger in the air. Looking back at all the excitement and hype surrounding the start of the conference as well as the December 11th, 6 p.m. deadline, we can’t help feeling, as we are urged to board the bus to Le Bourget, that something is unfinished.

Some of have spent two weeks here, officially observing, and pushing towards a climate agreement that will ensure action. Yet we all leave now, unsure about the actual outcome of all of the hard work that has gone into every part of this conference. Has the entire purpose of this colossal conference been met?

The icebergs melt in front of the Panthéon, Dec. 11th

The icebergs melt in front of the Panthéon, Dec. 11th

Just as the icebergs in front of the Panthéon in Paris have yet to melt, so to have the climate talks yet to reach their final agreement. Here is to hope for tomorrow, hope for a climate agreement that will fulfill demands of all parties and include the aspects of loss and damage, sound finance, the 1.5 degree target, human rights, the role and rights of women and the young and future generations and so much more in as short a text as possible.

-Daniela Kretz

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Short update – day 12

That was to be expected. Due to remaining issues in the agreements the negotiations will continue and long hours of further debates are expected. A reliable source told us this morning that we should not expect any further official meetings until tomorrow (earliest midday), so (most likely) we will unfortunately not be able to physically attend the final meetings. One of the pressing problems that remain are related to the rights of indigenous people. At the press conference of International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) the plenary group raised their voice to address their fear and disappointment that the Paris agreement is diminishing the rights of their people. In their opinion, a limit of 1.5 ºC is a necessity for their survival and any other agreement is unacceptable for them. They stated that the agreement has to respect and assure the rights, the knowledge and experience of indigenous people, otherwise they will not support the Paris agreement. The atmosphere at the COP21 is definitely heating up and we have some interesting hours ahead of us..

– Alexandra Bell

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Some inspiration & motivation for innovation

http://www.shamengo.com/en/discover/about-shamengo

A project collecting and fostering creative ideas for changing our economic model.

– Alexandra Bell

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Negotiating CDM-practices – PART 1….

The outcome of the last (many many hours) of negotiations as basis:

DRAFT TEXT

On

CMP 11 agenda item 4

Issues relating to the clean development mechanism

Version 2 of 5 December 2015 at 18:00

……

  1. [Requests the Executive Board to explore synergies between CDM and other market mechanisms and carbon pricing instruments to ensure the cost-efficient use of resources, coherence of market instruments and the avoidance of double counting, in particular regarding infrastructure and technical arrangements, tools, governance structures and processes;]
  1.  [Requests the Executive Board to prepare an analysis of the role of the CDM as mitigation tool beyond 2020, links and interactions with other tools and to forward recommendations for consideration by the SBI at its forty-forth session;]
  1.  [Requests the Executive Board to explore synergies between CDM and international climate finance institutions [to foster the use of the CDM.] [by using CDM or part of its methodological standards, including MRV];]
  1. [(alternative to 11-13) Requests the EB to expedite efforts to encourage interested stakeholders to nurture the demand of the CDM and CERs.]

…..

  1. [Encourages the Executive Board to [move ahead] [continue] with the development of a [methodological digitization tool for automatic generation of project and programme design document] [digitized methodology-specific design document forms][web-based system for supporting CDM project activities];

…….

And tomorrow you will see how the negotiations went on this tiny little text🙂

    – Alexandra Bell, Moses Duguru and Stephanie Schmid
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COP21-The second week

As it began, the first page of the Draft Agreement to be discussed here today.

The second weekers.

When we arrived to Paris at the beginning of this week, negotiating texts had been prepared for ministers and all options are on the table. Out of these options, two very different deals can be highlighted. First, the so-called no-regrets deal, which aims to keep warming to 1.5°C and second, the ‘minimalist deal’ or more accurately called the 3-degrees deal. The latter one e.g. includes that no negotiations about future ambitions or assessments of progress would take place until 2024 and thus accepting the INDCs as the most which can be achieved at the very point and only consider future efforts in 2030, and ultimately giving-up the 1.5 or 2 °C target.

Furthermore, a lot of side events focus on the adaptation finance, which is expected to need 150 billion USD per annum by 2025 (even on 2°C track) (CAN). However the starting point for climate finance in 2020 is only 100 billion USD. One option to increase the adaption fund is to delete fossil fuel subsidies, which amount to almost 500,000 billion USD a year. It is also a contradiction that countries are putting up INDCs, which are based on improving energy efficiency and increasing share of renewable energies, and at the same time substituting fossil fuels. Therefore phasing out fossil fuel subsidies will be not only good for the environment, but also for public finance (making money available for renewables, for education, etc.). However, if fossil fuels stay cheap, consumers and investors will make the wrong decisions.

Today we attended a meeting, where Al Gore gave a talk. During his talk he was raising three major questions. First he questioned whether we have to change. Not only scientists, but also nature has answered this question positively. Second, he asked whether we can change. Today we have the option to focus on renewable energies, sustainable agriculture and fisheries and so on, so the answer is yes. Finally he questioned whether we will change, and according to him, we will have the answer at the end of this week. Moreover, he highlighted that economy and environment go together and that the answer to the climate crisis is the answer to stimulating the economy. Last but not least he also emphasised the need for strong future leaders, pushing climate change on the political and global agenda.

 

Philippe Weyrich

As it began, the first page of the Draft Agreement to be discussed here today.

Al Gore.

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