Positive steps at Bonn climate meeting open door for REDD+ in Warsaw

Posted on 15 June 2013    
Bonn climate talks, 2013.
© Creative Commons: Sebastien Duck, Adopt-a-Negotiator
Bonn – 14 June 2013 – The global community was one step closer today towards realizing a formal mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) at the close of UN climate talks in Bonn. REDD+ negotiators, representing Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), worked overtime over the two-week meeting to address key areas of REDD+.
Draft text recommend for adoption at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw in November was agreed to on such key issues as: modalities for national forest monitoring systems, addressing drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and the timing and frequency of presentations on information as to how safeguards are implemented. 
“The decision to recommend that these draft REDD+ decisions be adopted at COP 19 in Warsaw is exciting as it opens the door for a UNFCCC decision on REDD+ in 2013,” said Bruce Cabarle, Leader of WWF’s international Forest and Climate Initiative. “Developing forest countries have shown they are ready for REDD+ and now we are finally seeing the ambition needed at the global policy level to make REDD+ a reality.”
Negotiators also agreed to continue working at COP 19 in Warsaw on other key REDD+ issues including: the technical assessment of forest reference levels, and methodological guidance for measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV).  In addition, negotiators will be meeting in August at a COP-mandated workshop to discuss how best to transfer payments for results-based actions. Expectations are that progress will be made on this key issue of REDD+ results-based finance, which, together with the progress on key technical issues, could achieve a balanced outcome for REDD+ at COP 19 in Warsaw.
“The collaborative spirit of negotiators at the Bonn climate meeting has achieved significant progress on REDD+,” said Josefina Brana-Varela, Policy Director of WWF’s Forest and Climate Initiative. “Our expectation is that this will continue through COP 19 in Warsaw, and that Parties will be able to come to a compromise solution on the issue of verification, which polarized Doha and stalled REDD+.”
WWF’s international Forest and Climate Initiative works across the key tropical forest landscapes of Indonesia, the Congo Basin and the Amazon to develop REDD+ models at scale, and at the global policy level to push for the policies and finance necessary for a REDD+ mechanism that benefits people and nature.
To learn more about WWF’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, visit: www.panda.org/forestclimate and follow our work on twitter @wwfforestcarbon. 

Media contact: 
Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell, Communications Director


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