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Climate Protection and Decarbonization

From 1-12 December 2014 governments convened for one of the last UNFCCC negotiating rounds to prepare a universal climate agreement which shall be reached in Paris in 2015. The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) observed the climate negotiations and together with international partners organises several contributions to current debates:

  • A Global Framework for Climate Action could build links between non-state and subnational initiatives and the multilateral climate regime, and improve coordination in a fragmented governance landscape
  • Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs): DIE, SEI and CICERO present their work on feasible and practical approaches to assess and review the INDCs, which parties are supposed to submit before ‘Paris’
  • The DIE partners in a side event on “REDD and Beyond: International and Indigenous Strategies in Forest Protection”. The event provides space for experts discussing the social inclusiveness of REDD+ and forest finance.
  • Deforestation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Peru. DIE and GGGI provide a high-level forum to discuss Green Growth strategies for tropical forests to address economic, social and environmental needs
  • International adaptation finance needs to reach vulnerable communities at the local level: DIE together with international partners presents possibilities for and experiences with decentralized, sub-national funding approaches

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Tackling the Challenge of Climate Change

Commissioned by the Republic of Nauru, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and presented to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon at the UN Climate Summit, the study on "Tackling the Challenge of Climate Change" addresses the need for action, but recognizes that there are multiple approaches and models that can be scaled up and adapted to national circumstances. The study was chaired by Robert Watson, Strategic Director of the Tyndall Centre at the University of East Anglia and co-authored, among others, by Dirk Messner.


Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in Peru: a challenge to social inclusion and multi-level governance

Zelli, Fariborz / Daniela Erler / Sina Frank / Jonas Hein / Hannes Hotz / Anna-Maria Santa Cruz Melgarejo
Studies 85 (2014)