Poznan press briefing on the seventh day of the Conference
10 Dec, 2008 09:27 pm
At the press briefing on the first day of the second conference week, Yvo de Boer gave an update on a number of issues under discussion.
On Adaptation countries have been sharing success stories in dealing with impacts of climate change but were also identifying barriers in this area. Mr. de Boer informed about a proposal on the table to establish a new expert group on adaptation to enhance action on the ground.
He also highlighted the importance of risk and disaster management and
insurance for the Copenhagen agreement. He said that this area is a
fundamental requirement to meet adaptation objectives and that AOSIS is
proposing an insurance mechanism to address loss and damage from climate change impacts.
The debates on REDD are focusing on conversation versus market incentives via credits to avoid deforestation. There was also discussion on how deforestation and degredation affect indigenous people. The suggestion has been raised to organize special consultations on this issue during next year.
Yvo de Boer remarked on the good work under the Kyoto Protocol. The so
called spillover effects are now more discussed as potential consequences of policies to address climate change.