The Eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was held in Doha, Qatar from 26 November to 8 December 2012.

Through the side event and meetings during the conference, IGES presented its policy proposals and exchange ideas on the critical issues such as low-carbon development in Asia and market mechanisms in order to formulate the future global climate regime which will get involved with the Asian developing countries.

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IGES side event was covered by IISD's "Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)"
IGES at other side events
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Report from COP18
Side Event Co-organised by IGES
29 November (Thu.) 11:30-13:00
Jointly Organised by IGES, GHGMI and ClimateWorks Foundation
The Road to a Low-Carbon Future in Asia

Photo courtesy of IISD/ENB

The side event discussed challenges and opportunities for Asia to pursue low-carbon development pathways. Discussion covered topics such as low emission development strategies (LEDS), nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) and emerging research and capacity building platforms such as Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet). A presentation outlining the human resources challenges facing the implementation of low-carbon development, drawing on an MRV case study example from the region followed.
This side event was covered by IISD's "Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)".

Date & Time
Thursday 29 November 2012,11:30-13:00
Side Event Room 8, Qatar National Convention Centre
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI)
ClimateWorks Foundation
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Agenda (PDF, 204KB)
Presentation materials
ClimateWorks 2020 Gigatonne Scorecard(1.2MB)
Casey Cronin, Senior Research Associate, ClimateWorks Foundation
Activities of IGES in Knowledge Sharing to Low Carbon World(989KB)
Shuzo Nishioka, Senior Research Advisor, IGES / Secretary-General, International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet) and Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet)

Comparative study of NAMA Formulation in Southeast Asia(359KB)
Kentaro Tamura, Deputy Director, Climate Change Group, IGES
MRV of GHG: How can we apply to NAMAs?(127KB)
Yasushi Ninomiya, Director, Market Mechanism Group, IGES
Bridging Policy and Research on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Asia(1.2MB)
Eric Zusman, Senior Policy Researcher, IGES
Developing Implementation Capacity for a Low-Carbon Asia: Opportunities and challenges in MRV(80KB)
Tim Stumhofer,Senior Program Associate, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
IGES related event
27 November (Tue.) 15:30-17:30
LCS-RNet Side Event
Achieving Low Carbon Societies - Common Challenges

The International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet) brings together researchers from both developing and developed countries to consider options related to decarbonisation and low carbon development pathways. Research results will be presented by leading researchers and discussed by a panel of policy and science experts.

*LCS-RNet is a researchers' network for achieving a low-carbon society. It was established in 2009 on the initiative of the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting. It aims to promote knowledge exchange and research cooperation amongst researchers/research institutes, and sharing updated scientific knowledge and information on the various policy tools required to realise low‐carbon societies. The secretariat is located in IGES.

Date & Time
Tuesday 27 November 2012, 15:30-17:30
EU Pavilion
DECC, UKERC and LCS-RNet Secretariat
Tentative agenda (PDF, 850KB)
IGES Presentations at other events
28 Nov. 20:15-21:45
Dr. Yamanoshita will make a presentation at side event organised by Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) “What National Forest Monitoring System can do?”
30 Nov. 11:30-13:00
Prof. Nishioka will make a presentation at side event organised by National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and University of Technology Malaysia “Ten Actions towards Low Carbon Asia”
3 Dec. 11:30-13:00
Dr. Federico Lopez-Casero will make a presentation at Side event organised by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and University of Twente “REDD+ and poverty reduction: what has worked and what is possible?”
5 Dec. 16:45-18:15
Dr. Federico Lopez-Casero (tbc) will make a presentation at side event organised by International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) “REDD+ MRV: Capturing benefits from community forest management in the tropics”

Related Publications

IGES Climate Change Group
IGES Working Paper CC-2012-06
Bridging Research and Policy on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) in Asia
Zusman Eric, Miyatsuka Akiko, Romero Jane and Mohammad Arif / 22 November 2012

Asia could accrue significant air quality, public health, and climate co-benefits from mitigating short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as black carbon and tropospheric ozone (O3). Realizing these co-benefits will require bridging a research-policy divide. This policy brief outlines pragmatic steps to help narrow that divide in Asia.

Press Release
IGES research collaboration with the World Resources Institute: New Report Finds Strong, Long-term Policies Needed for Successful Renewable Energy Growth
Report compares solar and wind industry trends and policies in U.S., China, Germany, India and Japan

22 November 2012

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) collaborated with the U.S. World Resources Institute (WRI) on its newly released paper, which compares progress and underlying conditions for solar photovoltaic (PV) and on-shore wind development in five countries - the United States, China, Germany, India and Japan. The paper compares the policies and incentives, documents the state of play in each market, and determines what strategies seem to have been most successful to date.

IGES Working Paper CC-2012-04
Designing Adaptation Finance for the Green Climate Fund: Challenges and Opportunities Drawn from Existing Multilateral Funds for Adaptation
Fukuda, Koji and Shimizu, Noriko / November 2012

This paper revisited three existing multilateral funds for supporting adaptation projects and programmes, namely GEF/SCCF, Adaptation Fund, and the CIF/PPCR, and conducted a comparative analysis of these funds to identify operational elements and lessons learned which could be reflected into designing an adaptation window for the GCF.

IGES Working Paper-CC-2012-03
MRV Challenges of Integrating National Initiatives into International Mechanisms: A Case of Perform, Achieve and Trade Mechanism in India
Janardhanan, Nanda Kumar and Manish Kumar Shrivastava / November 2012

In this paper we have discussed the governance structure of the PAT scheme and issues related to its potential linkages with international and bilateral carbon offset mechanisms.

IGES Working Paper-CC-2012-02
Future Climate Regime and Climate Unilateralism
Jusen Asuka / August 2012

This paper reviews the validity and future development of unilateral actions taken by Parties (and regions) under the current situation. For this, the paper explores various aspects and impacts of EU ETS’s application to aviation industry.


IGES Market Mechanism Group
New Market Mechanisms in CHARTS 2.0
February 2012

New Mechanisms in CHARTS" aims to provide a summary of views from the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regarding the establishment of new market mechanisms based on the submission by the Parties.

CDM in Charts

CDM in CHARTS Version 20.0
October 2012 updated to the EB69

"CDM in CHARTS" is a booklet with a good reputation for providing a plain and easy-to-understand description of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

CDM in Charts
IGES CDM Country Fact Sheets
(Nov. 2012 design renewed, Jul. 2012 updated)
>> Japanese

IGES is issuing a series of country information sheets on CDM for Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lao PDR, Mogolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. These sheets aim at providing essential information about CDM project developments in Asia, including domestic GHG emission data, domestic approval related information (DNA structure, approval process and approval criteria) and the current situation of domestic CDM project development.

For more publications & databases by IGES Market Mechanism Group, click here

IGES Forest Conservation Team
Community-based Forest Monitoring for REDD+: Lessons and reflections from the field
Scheyvens, Henry / October 2012

This policy brief introduces the roles that local communities can play in monitoring changes in forest carbon stocks. It discusses lessons learnt from the Community Carbon Accounting Project, which is training local communities in Asia-Pacific countries on forest monitoring, from the perspectives of sustainable development and carbon accounting.

For more publications of IGES Forest Conservation Group, click here

Related links
IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB)
UNFCCC COP18&CMP8 Daily Report
UNFCCC COP18&CMP8 Daily Report (Side Events)
UNFCCC COP&COP/MOP Official Information
UNFCCC website: COP18 & CMP8

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