Press Release:
IGES Activities during UNFCCC COP15/CMP5
22 December 2009
At several side events and meetings at the UNFCCC COP15/CMP5 (7-18 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES - Hayama, Kanagawa; Chair - Prof. Hironori Hamanaka) provided policy recommendations and exchanged views on issues such as low-carbon development, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), climate change adaptation, and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). IGES presentations drew upon original research and were intended to support the formation of a future climate change regime that reflects the concerns and development aspirations of stakeholders in Asia.

1. Summary of COP15

After two weeks of tense negotiations, COP15 concluded with a political agreement entitled the Copenhagen Accord. The Accord clearly states that drastic reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are needed to hold increases in global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius. The Accord also provides for a significant increase in financing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. But the Accord does not refer to mid-term or long-term GHG reduction targets for developed or developing nations. These and other controversial issues were deferred to future negotiations. IGES will continue to track developments on these issues and provide strategic inputs into future climate negotiations on the road to COP16/CMP6 scheduled for 2010 in Mexico City, Mexico .

2. Summary of IGES Activities during COP15

(1) UNFCCC Side Event "Low-Carbon Asia: Visions and Actions" co-organised by IGES, the National Institute for Environmental Science (NIES) and the Japan Center for Climate Change Actions (JCCCA)

IGES presented on the following themes:
The current status of CDM in Asia and forecasts of credit supplies from IGES's CDM database;
Key messages from IGES stakeholder consultations on a future climate regime held in Beijing, China and New Delhi, India;
- A report on the International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet)

In this meeting, IGES gave an account of its contribution to the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Network.High-level Roundtable Meeting "Meeting the Needs for Information and Knowledge for Climate Change Adaptation"

(3) Side Event "Institutional Set-up of REDD and the Involvement of the Private Sector", co-organised by the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum), IGES and others
At this event, IGES presented case studies related to REDD from the Asia - Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED).

(4) LCS-RNet Side Event "Research Community Shows Pathway towards Low-Carbon Society"
As the secretariat of the LCS-RNet, IGES provided support to organise this event.

IGES also made presentations at several important events held by other organisations.

For enquiries about this press release please contact:
Ms. Megumi Kido, Public Relations Officer,

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
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Tel: +81-46-855-3720 Fax: +81-46-855-3709

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