UPDATE: REDD+ Draft Text Zips Through Bonn, Now Ready For Paris

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By Steve Zwick


9 June 2015 | BONN | Germany |
Everyone got enough of what they wanted here this week for negotiators meeting under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) to agree on a draft text for REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests).

The text is available here, and was approved by the REDD+ Contact Group this afternoon, after SBSTA negotiators last night reached agreement on the three final issues: safeguards, non-carbon benefits, and non-market approaches.

Still unresolved, however, is whether industrial countries can incorporate REDD+ into their national climate action plans, or "Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions" (INDCs), in such a way that they can offset their greenhouse gas emissions by slowing deforestation in developing countries. That question is being addressed in the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), which is the central negotiating track, and won't be resolved until year-end talks in Paris.

Unstuck Sticking Points

Check back shortly for details on how the outstanding issues were resolved.