Keeping up on REDD in Copenhagen

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By Ecosystem Marketplace

7 December 2009 | Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen would love to unveil a “Copenhagen Protocol” to succeed the Kyoto Protocol 11 days from now for the 15,000 negotiators from 192 nations assembled in his capital city for the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 15).

He’s fairly certain that agreement won’t happen in the next two weeks, but that didn’t stop him from opening with a declaration of hope.

"Differences can be overcome if the political will is present,” he said. “And I believe it is."

That will, however, is not universally strong – and there’s widespread disagreement over how to bring it into reality.

Our job is to keep you abreast of how that will manifests itself in the debate over how to account for carbon offsets generated through reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and other changes in land use.

These issues are part of a critical but at times tedious debate that we’ve been on top of right from the start, and we’ll begin posting daily from Copenhagen on Thursday.

If you're new to climate change negotiations, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has also posted an excellent backgrounder that will give you the overview you need to understand our coverage.

We know that plenty of our readers are here in Copenhagen with us, and welcome any feedback you care to share. Feel free to contact us at SZwick@ecosystemmarketplace.com.