Adam Gibbon, the Rainforest Alliance’s climate change technical specialist, offers advice on following the Cancun climate summit from the comfort of your own home.
After attending the last two COPs (Conference of the Parties), I decided to try and be a virtual delegate this year to avoid the queues, crowds and carbon emissions. Here are my tips for enjoying the COP from the comfort of your own home…
While following everything that is going to be discussed in Cancun — and that’s a lot — we at the Rainforest Alliance are taking a particular interest in the discussions around REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries). As a virtual delegate, you’ll want to be prepared, so here’s a list of articles to get you up to speed on the REDD negotiations.
Ecosystem Market Places, REDD Must Read Articles:
http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=7860§ion=news_articles&eod=1 A nice set of papers are linked here, that give you a background
Understanding the REDD texts and Tracks of Negotiation (Field):
http://www.field.org.uk/files/fieldcancunreddplusbrief_en.pdf To understand about all the negotiating tracks and texts etc
What happened inbetween Copenhagem to Cancun (FIELD):
http://www.field.org.uk/files/AT_La_Vina_Copenhagen_reflections_FIELD_Feb_10.pdf REDD specific – written by the negotiations facilitator – very interesting
Most of the COP and side events can be watched via live webcast here: http://webcast.cc2010.mx/
And it you miss something, you can watch it again, on demand: http://webcast.cc2010.mx/grid_en.html
As I find websites that summarise proceedings, I will post them here.