1) Research/Publication on Climate Change and Forestry
2) Climate Change News
3) Climate Change Info & Events
4) New Publications:
5) Climate change initiatives:
6) Seeking Opportunity:
7) Seeking Information:
8) Web sites of interest:


No. 1/2003


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1) Research/Publication on Climate Change and Forestry

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"Sustainable Forestry Investment under the Clean Development Mechanism: The Malaysian Case" by Michael Dutschke, HWWA Discussion paper 198, Hamburg Institute of International Economics, 2002

If you are a climate change negotiator (or even a layperson like me) trying to understand the implications of the "options papers"(refer to the `Climate Change Info & Events' section below) on definitions and modalities for including afforestation and reforestation activities under CDM in the first commitment period, this article could be a good resource to get you oriented.

This paper gives an overview over the current discussion around the inclusion of biological carbon sinks under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in the context of the Malaysian forestry sector. It first resumes Malaysia's track record for forestry in the past ten years, noting the limited availability of reliable data, Malaysian policy supportive to sustainable land use practices, and some experiences with carbon forestry projects in Malaysia. The article then looks into various outstanding issues, such as forest definitions, additionality, baselines and permanence, explaining practical implications of possible options for each issue. Problems related to baselines, ODA and political risks are also touched upon.

In his concluding remarks, the author stresses the need for project designers to be "very conservative in their assumptions and prepare for non-permanent CERs, eventually in combination with the ton/year approach and a long equivalence period", and says that "properly designed, diversified forestry projects have the highest chance to survive the ups and downs in international climate negotiations". The paper presents proposals for Malaysian negotiators, which include the idea of extended accounting period to circumvent perverse incentive of removing natural forests; giving same privileges to small-scale forestry projects as small-scale energy projects; reducing uncertainties for project developers; and standardizing periods for crediting, baseline revision and temporary CERs.


The paper can be downloaded from the HWWA website at this URL:

http://www.hwwa.de/Publikationen/Discussion_Paper/2002/198.pdf

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2) Climate Change News

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- RUSSIA TO RATIFY KYOTO PROTOCOL 20 January (Pravda)
http://english.pravda.ru/main/2003/01/20/42258.html

- 'CARBON SINK' FOUND SMALLER THAN THOUGHT 20 January (Washington Post)
http://washingtontimes.com/world/20030120-72351803.htm

- U.S. Senate Bill Would Cap Greenhouse Gas Emissions 8 January (Cat Lazaroff/ENS)
http://ens-news.com/ens/jan2003/2003-01-08-06.asp

- UK EMISSIONS MARKET STAYS SMALL AS DEMAND WANES 20 January (Planet Ark)
http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/19487/story.htm

- RUSSIAN-AMERICAN GROUP ON CLIMATE CHANGE TO MEET IN MOSCOW, 19 January (Rosbalt)
http://www.rosbaltnews.com/2003/01/19/61048.html

- FRANCE CONSIDERS SEQUESTERING CARBON IN FARMLANDS 17 January (ENS)
http://ens-news.com/ens/jan2003/2003-01-17-02.asp

- GREENHOUSE GASES RISE TO EXCHANGE-TRADED STATUS 16 January(Reuters)
http://www.forbes.com/home_europe/newswire/2003/01/16/rtr850380.html

- GRASS-ROOTS GREENERY 16 January (The Economist)
http://www.economist.com/world/na/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1538758

- U.S. SENATE BILL WOULD CAP GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS 8 January (ENS)
http://ens-news.com/ens/jan2003/2003-01-08-06.asp

- TOKYO BACKS CO2-CUTTING PROJECTS OVERSEAS 7 January (Asia Pulse/Nikkei)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/EA07Dh04.html

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3) Climate Change Info & Events

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- "Options Papers" on definitions and modalities for including afforestation and reforestation activities under Article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol in the first commitment period are available on the UNFCCC website (http://unfccc.int/.

- The Seventh Meeting of the CDM Executive Board held on 20-21 January 2003 finalized key procedures for investments in small-scale projects

The Board:

- adopted a CDM Glossary of terms used in the Project Design Document;

- finalized the package of simplified modalities for small-scale CDM projects, including a "simplified CDM project design document" for registering such projects, and an "indicative list of simplified baseline and monitoring methodologies" helping project proponents to lower costs for complying with CDM rules; and

- agreed on the procedures for accrediting CDM operational entities, which will play a crucial role by checking whether projects conform with the CDM's rules

All relevant documentation can be obtained from the UNFCCC-CDM web site (http://unfccc.int/cdm/)

- The 5th International Workshop on Field Techniques for Environmental Physiology, 16 - 22 March 2003, in Puerto de La Cruz, Tenerife, CANARY ISLANDS, Spain

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Sayed Azam-Ali, Univ. of Nottingham, U.K.

Nathalie Breda, INRA, Nancy, FRANCE
Jan Cermak, Mendel Univ., CZECH REPUBLIC

Eric A. Davidson, The Woods Hole Research Centre, U.S.A

Peter J. Franks, James Cook Univ., AUSTRALIA
Michele Holbrook, Harvard Univ., USA

Maria Soledad Jimenez, Univ. of La Laguna, SPAIN

Hamlyn Jones, Dundee Univ., U.K.
Christian Korner, Univ. of Basel, SWITZERLAND

Stephen P Long, Univ. of Illinois, U.S.A.

Kate Maxwell, Cambridge Univ., U.K.
John M Norman, Univ. of Wisconsin, USA


WILL  INTRODUCE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF INSTRUMENTATION IN 
- plant physiological ecology,

- soil resources and gas emissions, and

- measuring environmental data

Hands-on trials with a range of equipment in a subtropical palm garden

Symposium for discussions and demonstrations of instrumentation

Field visit to local experiments in the foothills of Teide

 

Apply  by completing the ONLINE application form under registration section and check further details from  http://www.ierm.ed.ac.uk/instrument.workshop

ORGANISED by Universidad de La Laguna & The University of Edinburgh

Plant Environmental Physiology Group of The Society of Experimental Biology and The British Ecological Society, Edinburgh University Biosphere Atmosphere Programme, Sociedad Espanola de Fisiologia Vegetal

ENQUIRIES TO Johanna.Pulli@ed.ac.uk 

- Emissions Trading and Project-Based Mechanisms: Synergies between Emerging Regimes, 7 and 8 February 2003, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

 

CATEP workshop, Organised by FIELD, UNEP, and CEU with financial support from the European Commission

 

Since the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and the Marrakech Accords in 2001, greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes have developed both at the domestic and regional level. Most prominent are the domesticschemes in Denmark and the UK, and the proposal for an EU greenhouse gas emission allowance trading Directive. With the Marrakech Accords the framework for the implementation of international emissions trading and the project-based mechanisms JI and CDM is now in place. The new and emerging frameworks for the implementation of GHG emissions trading at the domestic, regional and international level call for an exploration of synergies between these regimes. This workshop attempts to explore important synergies, possibilities for linking instruments and possible conflicts in four workshop themes.

 

Workshop themes:

¿   What role can project-based activities play in domestic and regional trading regimes?
¿   How can coherent accounting and institution building be ensured?
¿   (How) can different domestic, regional and international trading regimes be linked?
¿   What lessons can be learned from GHG emissions trading for other environmental issues?

 

Around 50 participants are expected, mainly from the CATEP network, but also experts, policy makers and academics from Annex I countries, economies in transition and developing countries. Participation in the workshop is free of charge.


More information on the CATEP network can be found at: http://www.emissionstradingnetwork.com (CATEP website)

Contact person for registration:

Noémi Byrd
Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD)
London, UK
+44 (0)20 76377950
noemi.byrd@field.org.uk

[from climate-l]

- "SE Asia Forum on GHG Market Mechanisms and Sustainable Development" , April
8-10, 2003, at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines.

This Forum is organized by a partnership of IETA, WBCSD, World Bank/PCF, ADB, UNDP, UNCTAD, Development Bank of Japan, YBUL, bp, Lafarge, JPower and Unocal. A draft agenda will be accessible on the IETA website at http://www.ieta.org.
This event will provide the opportunity for participants to discuss and interact with a small group of senior policy makers and business representatives from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as OECD countries. Recent developments in climate change policy, their impact on market mechanisms and GHG market and the overall contribution they can make in the drive for sustainable development in the region will be some of the topics discussed.

[from climate-l]

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4) New Publications:

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- a viewpoint by Sivan Kartha, Michael Lazarus, Harald Winkler and Axel Michaelowa on additionality and CDM projects under the heading "JIQ-discussion -
new publication on investment additionality" at www.hwwa.de/climate.htm

- Back to the Drawing Board: Implications of the EU Emissions Trading Directive for UK Climate Policy, published by SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex.
The recently agreed European emissions trading Directive is fundamentally incompatible with key instruments in UK climate policy.
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/environment/research/drawingreport.pdf

- new issue of the Joint Implementation Quarterly (JIQ, December 2002 - Vol.8 - No.4), available on the Internet site: http://www.jiqweb.org
In this issue:
- Gradual progress on the CDM at COP-8
- EU Council agrees on EU-wide emissions trading
- Modeling multi-project baselines
- Financial institutions and the carbon market
- German-Chinese technical cooperation project
- ADB technical assistance project in China
- Strategic options for the Kyoto mechanisms
- The projects of ERUPT-2
- NSS Workshop: "Capacity building for the Kyoto Protocol"
- Facts about the Kyoto Mechanisms
- Planned and ongoing Art.6 JI, Art.12 CDM, and AIJ pilot projects
- Meetings, books, studies and reports

All JIQ issues are available in PDF format on the Internet site of
Foundation JIN: http://www.jiqweb.org('Download JIQ').

- a new issue of theAETF Reviewpublished by the Australasian Emissions Trading Forum is now available for downloading from the AETF website www.aetf.net.au.

Articles include:

Towards national emissions trading?

Carbon sequestration in NSW Benchmarks Scheme

The Greenhouse Friendly Program 


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5) Climate change initiatives:

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-The latest news from the Brazilian CDM  (Clean Development Mechanism) market.

The Inter-Chamber Committee on Carbon Trade in Sao Paulo, Brazil is taking a further step in participating in and influencing the surging CDM market by addressing its official engagement to the Ministry of Science and Technology(DNA - Jose Miguez), responsible for CDM questions in Brazil . Up to now 12 Chambers from different countries (Germany, USA, UK, France, ...) are participating in this Forum and engaging in discussions on open problems and supporting interested institutions and investors.
In this context the German Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo intends to publish a Brazilian CDM Market Guide and to set up an online database for potential CDM projects. Therefore the German Chamber of Commerce is still looking for associates and interested institutions in these tasks. The concept of the CDM Market Guide and further information can be ordered by writing an email to: mambiente@ahkbrasil.com

[Excerpted from a posting of Ricardo Rose, Environmental Department, AHK Sao Paulo (German Chamber of Commerce) Rua Verbo Divino 1488, 04719-904 Sao Paulo SP, Brazil. fone:  (0055 11) 5187-5148; fax:  (0055 11) 5181-7013; email: mambiente@ahkbrasil.com; web:   http://www.ahkbrasil.com
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6) Seeking Opportunity:

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Mr. Jeffrey C. Frost has pointed out that the CDM Guidebook was found at a different URL: http://www.edr.uct.ac.za/research.htm.

He is actively seeking opportunities in this field, for example in solving strategic or operational challenges regarding greenhouse gas emissions mitigation initiatives; managing the design, upgrade, or implementation of environmental tracking systems (software); and addressing an organization's greenhouse gas emissions challenges related to an emissions inventory, mitigation projects, trading, risk management, protocol development, or other strategic objectives. He would be willing to take on assignments such as: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Strategic Exposure Assessment, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project Assessment Accounting, Tracking Systems (Software) Analysis, Recommendation, Coding, and Implementation.

For further information, contact: jeffrey.frost@verizon.net

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7) Seeking Information:

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Mr. V. Sivakumar writes:

" Being a research man in forestry I would like to know about the flyash and its application in raising nurseries, its physical and its chemical characters. It will be much pleasure and let me know about any particulars in related to the flyash if any. Thanking you, V.sivakumar"

If you have any relevant information, please contact him directly at Sivakumar59@Rediffmail.com He is a Forester at the State forestry research institute, Kolapakkam, Vandalur, Chennai 600 048

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8) Web sites of interest:

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- Argentina's climate change website (Spanish)

An informative website of the Oficina Argentina del Mecanismo para un Desarrollo Limpio (Argentina's CDM office), which includes information on the national programs, related information, activities such as workshops and seminars and other information like climate change news and links.

http://www.medioambiente.gov.ar/cambio_climatico/default.htm

- Katia COLLINET writes:

"I am French and I would wish to make known to you an exceptional botanical site localised in the forest of Verzy in Champagne. You can discover the most strange shapes of these trees, named winding beech (faux de Verzy, in French), on my Web site: http://www.twisted-tree.fr.st 

I wish you a good visit of the winding beeches by the waves of the Internet and do not hesitate to announce your comment to me."

 

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Thank you for your inputs for this issue: Katia COLLINET, V. Sivakumar, Juan Casavelos, and Jeffrey C. Frost

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