Climate Change & Governance

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Jul 16, 2008

Dear TAI partners & CoP members

As you know, Climate Change is actually one of the most environmental challenges, and access rights are closely related to mitigation and adaptation processes. Access rights play a very important role involving communities, governments, business, citizens and other stakeholders in decision making respect the climate governance.

On May, 2008 I attended a forum on Climate Policy Dialogue. In this forum we discussed about the impact of climate change on the biodiversity and food security in marine ecosystems. The information gathered is valuable, so and I want to share the conference report. This can be useful to contribute to the discussion about access and climate change.

Additionally, I would like to encourage other partners and web’s visitors to share with our CoP (Community of Practice) more information, resources and experiences related to the link between climate change, access and environmental governance.

ConferenceReportTERI-FESForumMay2008.pdf147.63 KB
Climate Change & Governance
9:19pm - Jul 16, 2008

Daniel, I agree with you that climate change adaptation and mitigation can only be effective with the participation of the people. This has been envisaged in both the UNFCC and its Kyoto Protocol. To address climate change related issues means, in many ways, change of habits, there is need for access to information for effective participation.

Today, on behalf of the Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme Cameroon, I just signed the project to build the capacity of MPs and Mayors by producing a climate change communication hand book. This document will seek to simplify some complex concepts and jagon on the climate change arena for their understanding. This will also include local examples.

It is our hope that they will find this useful. The grant is from the British High Commission in Cameroon under the bilateral funds programme.

Augustine, I suppose this
2:59pm - Jul 17, 2008

Augustine, I suppose this initiative will take several months, however, it would be very useful if you could share the handbook – when published- with our CoP. Good luck!

Climate Change & Governance
2:02pm - Jul 17, 2008

Hi Daniel and Augustine,

Many TAI partners have written in to say they would like to discuss climate change at our forthcoming TAI Global Meeting in October 2008. While I agree that the subject is important and topical, I am still quite unsure what precise areas we should focus on during the meeting. Clearly, there appears to be a great interest in adaptation and mitigation. This is an area that is top priority for many developing counties and an area where major policy decisions are being made between now and the Copenhagen UNFCCC meeting.

Perhaps, we should focus on access rights and adaptation issues? or should we examine the questions surrounding institutions and generally governance in adapatation? Some like Richard Ingwe from nigeria think we should examine nuclear power and climate change?

Lalanath de Silva WRI

Lalanath, I share the same
4:20pm - Jul 17, 2008

Lalanath, I share the same concern about if we should examine technical issues, like nuclear power or oil prices. I think our TAI GM is not the appropriate forum.

However, it is important to discuss about climate change, but focused on one or two main issues (access rights and adaptation? / climate governance? ) Or maybe, only open the floor to discuss what should be the next steps to incorporate climate change into the TAI process…just a thought

Climate Change & Governance
7:07pm - Jul 29, 2008

Dear All, I posted a comment last weekend, but suprisingly, i have not seen it. However, summarily, i would say we should discuss climate change in the contexf of public participation in decissions about adaptation and mitigation and not too technical topics. I think this would be a good point of entry for us.


Climate Change & Governance
9:06pm - Jul 29, 2008

I agree with you Augustine!

Dear All, I posted a
1:56am - Aug 14, 2008

Dear All, I posted a comment last weekend, but surprisingly, i have not seen it. However, summarily, i would say we should discuss climate change in the context of public participation in decisions about adaptation and mitigation and not too technical topics. I think this would be a good point of entry for us.

Off topic: Climate Change and Law
1:45pm - Aug 15, 2008

Dear All, Just to let you know, EMLA (Hungary) has been successfully participating in projects at home (and we just secured funding for 2009) to research legal implications of climate change. Many people think that this is not at all a legal topic, however, both mitigation and adaptation raise a number of legal questions. This year our mini-European survey (4 countries) will reveal the basic regulatory framework (horizontal instruments) that may be affected by climate change, and next year we are trying to expand it to the sectoral regulations. If we discuss climate change and public participation at the Global Gathering, this might be one of the interventions…

Climate Change and Law
4:37pm - Aug 19, 2008

Dear Csaba, as you said, in a few years mitigation and adaptation will also have implications in the legal frameworks (at the national and international level). The work you proposed sounds pretty interesting to anticipate possible proposals to the required challenges to address climate change. Could you share with us the methodology you applied for this “mini assessment”?


I am afraid this is not at
3:57pm - Sep 5, 2008

I am afraid this is not at all a revolutionary methodology (however, we just could secure another, larger funding for such a research so it must be sexy enough for the donors…): 1. we list all laws in the legal system that has any (even the most remote) connection to climate change (e.g. law on working at home: what? you may ask, but wait a minute, once you work from home, you burn much less fuel, so if we promote work from home, then… and it goes all the way, hudreds of laws can fit here with such an approach) 2. we read the laws and see what could be included as an amendment to fight GHG emission 3. we give a conceptual suggestion for the amendment Certainly, the laws are grouped according to the largest GHG sources, like energy, transport, waste management, etc. Produced quite interesting results. And made me convince that the current legal framework for climate change with all those emission units and trading thereof is inherently destined to fail to tackle real climate change. And why? Because 99% of it is economics, and it is many times about accounting units instead of reducing emission…

6:00pm - Aug 24, 2008

Kyoto Protocol, international agreement sets binding emission targets for developed countries to reduce their emissions on average 5.2 percent below 1990 levels. After Russia agreement in December 2004, it gains international legal binding status from February 16, 2005 and thus allows increasing number of possible projects entering in to it and assisting countries towards meeting their commitments.

So far more than 100 different projects have been registered as CDM project. We feel proud of getting registered Nepalese Biogas Project and some other like improved water mills etc under CDM. Definitely credit goes to all involved, but the real credit has to be given to those farmers who have invested their financial and physical efforts in establishing these biogas units. Despite of its large number establishment, it is still beyond the accessible to the poor and indigenous people of Nepal. Government subsidies policy has failed to benefit this sections of society.

Government of Nepal has already entered in trading market of carbon credit earned by Biogas Plant established by farmers, huge amount of foreign currency is about to come to Nepal. But the sad part associated with this trading is that, involved government, I/NGOs or Multinational Banks have so far not seen serious about returning earning from carbon credit trading to its real owner, i.e. farmers, the plant owners. So my concern aimed to highlight this social and economic injustice involved with Biogas CDM project at the moment and with other future upcoming CDM projects in Nepal adn hopefully in other developing countries.

Based on information made public by all concerned, it has been concluded that the real carbon credit owners are going to be deprive of receiving their investment return is social and economic injustice to them needs rethinking by all involved at national and international level.

So I am looking forward some initiative at global scale to ensure the returns from crbon credit trading earning to its real owner, in most case the poor farmers adn indegeneous people.

With best regard,

Ram Charitra Sah Project coordinator TAI Nepal/ Pro Public Kathmandu, Nepal

Thanks for info
10:27am - Nov 11, 2013

I am always searching for quality posts and articles and this is what I found here, I hope you will be adding more in future. Thanks Biogas Plant in Kerala

CC Law
7:44am - Sep 22, 2008

As you may have heard, there is a draft Climate Change Law in Britain. It is said to be the first ever in the world. First of all, I am curious if this is true. Secondly, we will try something similar in Hungary, as least EMLA and FOE Hungary will ally in an effort to convince legislators that such a law would make a difference. We have 1,5 years for this project. Any ideas how to kick off are welcome.

I just want to know the
1:18pm - Jan 27, 2009

I just want to know the laws that Hungary has made.

5:03pm - Jul 15, 2012

It helped me with ocean of knowledge so I really believe you will do much better in the future I appreciate everything you have added to my knowledge base.Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer! Well analyzed!

stop environmental degradation
9:59am - Oct 28, 2013

I think that it is high time that the government came forward and made a strong stand to bring in to effect the various policies that had been formulated to stop environmental degradation. This will make sure that the biodiversity is preserved.

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