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How the Fiji UN climate summit affects forests

Kate Dooley was in Bonn, tracking the developments in the UN climate summit. She has written this overview of the talks from a forests perspective for Fern. 

COP23 - the 23rd United Nations climate summit - was for the first time ever presided over by a small island nation – Fiji. Due to complexities of hosting in Fiji, it took place in Bonn, Germany from November 6-17, 2017, just as news was released that global carbon dioxide emissions have risen 2 per cent in 2017

The main outcome was the ‘Fiji Momentum for Implementation’, containing the on-going Paris Agreement work programme; the “Talanoa Dialogue” developed by the Fijian presidency; and a hard-fought decision on scaling up pre-2020 action. 

Despite the positive steps on indigenous peoples’ rights and agriculture, talks continue at a slow pace and emissions keep on rising. With only one year remaining until the ‘Paris rulebook’ must be finalised at COP24 in December 2018, there is an urgent need for progress on guidelines for transparent accounting of emissions from forest harvest and bioenergy use, as well as progress in increased pre-2020 action.   

 

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