Cities for Life: Cities’ and Sub-national Governments’ Biodiversity Summit

Featuring a high-level interactive dialogue between subnational governments from across the globe, the Summit will provide the opportunity for them to engage with each other and with Parties to the Convention.
Following decision X/22 of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP10, Nagoya, October 2010) which adopted the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Local Authorities for Biodiversity, subnational governments have been given special recognition for their crucial role in biodiversity conservation. During its participation at COP10, nrg4SD was identified as a key partner for the establishment of an Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments to the Global Partnership on Local and Subnational Action for Biodiversity.
The Summit will be an opportunity to provide first-hand experiences of what subnational governments can bring; how they can better contribute to the implementation of the Convention in their respective territories, and how Parties can orient their reflections and actions during COP11 to these needs. The Summit will build upon the works of the Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments to the Global Partnership, which was officially established in April 2012 in Curitiba, Paraní¡ (Brazil).

For more information, click here.  

International Conference on Sustainable Forest Management Adapting to Climate Change

In order to promote knowledge exchanges of the latest scientific findings in sustainable forest management and to strengthen international collaborations in implementing forest management adapting to climate change, Chinese Society of Forestry(CSF), International Union for Forest Research Organizations(IUFRO) and International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) will co-sponsor the Second Forest Science Forum — International Conference on Sustainable Forest Management Adapting to Climate Change. The conference will be organized by the Chinese Society of Forestry and Beijing Forestry University in Beijing.

For more information on this event, click here

Convention on Biological Diversity COP 11

Pursuant to decision X/46, the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) will be held in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 19 October 2012.  

COP 11 will include a high-level ministerial segment organized by the host country in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau. The high‑level segment will take place from 17 to 19 October 2012.

For more information on this event, click here


Carbon Forum North America 2012

Carbon Forum North America 2012 — taking place at the Marriott Metro Center in downtown Washington, DC on October 1-2, 2012—has firmly established itself as the place to go to keep abreast of the latest thinking and developments in the North American carbon space—for both carbon policy wonks and market-players alike.
From the first California auction to the establishment of a functional North American market through the Western Climate Initiative; from the advancement of RGGI’s 2012 review to progress within NA2050; from innovative climate finance to emerging carbon markets; from an exciting election season to the buildup preceding a new round of rejuvenated international climate talks; and from new regulatory developments at the EPA to the latest legal developments in the courts, Carbon Forum North America on October 1-2 will give market participants the best carbon coverage at the best time. Join your colleagues at CFNA for the most comprehensive carbon market analysis, the latest policy developments, and the best legal coverage in the North American carbon, climate, and clean energy space!
Carbon Forum North America —IETA’s flagship North American event—will be one of the best opportunities of the year to network with the North American and global carbon markets, browse exhibits showcasing the work of leading companies, and learn what you need to know about this rapidly evolving space.

Learn more about the event here

ClimateWeek NYC – Doha and beyond: the future of international climate policy

Bloomberg New Energy Finance and The Climate Group are hosting an exclusive discussion with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and other special guests on the future of international climate policy.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance & The Climate Group
For the fourth consecutive year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and The Climate Group will join forces to host a special breakfast roundtable event as part of the annual ClimateWeek NYC program in New York.
This year’s session will feature Dr. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), along with EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard and World Bank VP for Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte, and will take place on Tuesday, September 25 at 8:00 a.m. at the Bloomberg offices on Lexington Avenue.
The official invitation and event description is attached – feel free to call or email with any questions.
There is no charge to attend, though we ask that you RSVP as soon as possible in order to confirm your place.

Read more about the event and register here

IUCN World Conservation Congress

The IUCN World Conservation Congress is the world’s largest and most important conservation event. Held every four years, it aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.

The 2012 World Conservation Congress will be held from 6 to 15 September 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations will discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world’s most pressing environment and development issues.
The Congress starts with a Forum where IUCN Members and partners discuss cutting-edge ideas, thinking and practice. The Forum leads into the Members’ Assembly, a unique global environmental parliament of governments and NGOs.

The Congress has two main components:
  • the Forum is a hub of public debate bringing together people from all walks of life to discuss the world’s most pressing conservation issues. There are many different types of events you can get involved in to explore the depths of conservation and innovations
  • the Members’ Assembly is IUCN’s highest decision-making body. A unique global environmental parliament, it involves governments and NGOs – large and small, national and international – taking joint decisions.
For 2012, the IUCN World Conservation Congress has adopted a new format, aiming for greater coherence and cross-fertilization between the two parts. Main messages of each day of the Forum are presented to the Assembly the following morning. Forum sessions related to motions presented at the Assembly are also identified.

Read more about the conference here



National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration 2013 / Call for Abstracts

ANNOUNCING Call for Abstracts – Due November 1st, 2012  

Call for Abstracts – Due Nov.1st, 2012  
All individuals interested in ecosystem restoration on both the large-scale and small-scale level are invited to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation at NCER ’13. Abstracts will be published electronically online in the conference book of abstracts, as we strive to keep NCER as environmentally responsible as possible.
NCER 2013 Programmatic Themes and Topics are outlined on the conference web site. However, don’t feel limited to these areas – we want to capture emerging topics and new ideas critical to Ecosystem Restoration.For more information on formatting your abstract, submission instructions and topics for consideration,  visit the Call for Abstracts section of the NCER ’13 web site.
Important Deadlines to Remember:  
11-1-12    Deadline to Submit Abstracts  
3-1-13     Presenter Selections Announced
4-2-13     Early Bird Registration Deadline
4-2-13     Deadline for Presenters to Register  
6-1-13     Regular Registration Deadline
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1st      
What is NCER?
NCER is a national conference on ecosystem restoration presenting state-of-the art science and engineering, planning and policy in a partnership environment.
One of the country’s largest meetings on Ecosystem Restoration, NCER is only held every two years, and meets near large scale restoration programs including but not limited to the Missouri and Mississippi River Basins, the Louisiana Coastal Area, the Everglades, San Francisco Bay/Delta, Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes and Puget Sound, to name a few.
NCER 2013 will be held July 29 – August 2 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center just outside Chicago, IL. Owned by the City/Villages of Schaumburg, the Renaissance has ample space to accommodate all of our meeting, poster and exhibit requirements quite comfortably. We hope you will make plans to attend this innovative and interactive conference which will attract more than 500 participants and feature presentations on every aspect of Ecosystem Restoration.  

Who Should Attend NCER
A premier gathering of ecosystem restoration professionals from across the country, NCER is a collaborative effort and we invite you to join us and be part of the discussion!
NCER brings together scientists, engineers, managers, and policy makers who are actively involved in and/or affected by all aspects of ecosystem restoration. This includes:  
federal, state, and local agency personnel
tribal governments
water resource engineers & managers  
environmental consultants  
environmental policy managers  
ecologists and hydrologists
students and academic researchers  
environmental interest groups    
Benefits of Attending
Attendees will hear from a diverse group of experts on numerous critical restoration subjects. Here’s a glimpse at a handful of the hundreds of topics covered at NCER:  
– Planning and Designing for Climate Change Impact
– Benefit Analysis and Project Justification
– Integrating Conservation Planning Methods
– Planning and Valuating Ecosystem Services
– Invasive Species Management
– Nutrient Reduction in Urban Estuaries
– Comparing Ecological Benefit Methods
– Adaptive Management and much, much more!  
NCER also features optional Technical Training Field trips where attendees visit restoration programs underway or already completed in the Great Lakes Region. They’ll see first-hand how to plan ecologically and economically for future restoration projects.
Licensed engineers may also earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) toward their license re-certification.  
Be sure to put NCER 2013 in your TRAVEL BUDGET for 2013 and make plans to join us!    
Executive Steering Committee
Conference Co-Chairs:  
Andy Buchsbaum, Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Office
Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the Administrator (Great Lakes), US EPA Great Lakes National Program Office
Don Scavia, Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan
Conference Committee Chairs:
Robert Daoust, ARCADIS US, Inc., Chair, Program Committee  
Cassondra Thomas, Cardno ENTRIX, Inc., Chair, Sponsorship Committee
Miki Fujitsubo, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chair, Field Trip Committee
Cheryl Ulrich, Weston Solutions, Past Program Chair and SER Liaision
Beth Miller-Tipton, CMP, CGMP    
Conference Coordinator
University of Florida | IFAS
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5th Annual International ESP Conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership invites you to the 5th annual ESP conference. Don’t miss your chance to interact and exchange ideas with practitioners, educators, policy-makers, researchers, and many others. Be part of working-groups producing outcomes ranging from journal articles, white papers, book chapters (if enough we can put together a book out of this conference), grant proposals, database structures, websites, and much more. This Portland conference is being organised jointly with the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) and A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES).

More information here.

Singapore International Water Week

Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform for water solutions. It brings policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners together to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world.

The event’s flagship programmes comprise:
• Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize
• Water Leaders Summit
• Water Convention
• Water Expo
• Business Forums
In the face of global urbanisation and climate challenges, the 2012 theme “Water Solutions for Liveable and Sustainable Cities” reinforces the pressing need to integrate sustainable water management strategies into the urban planning process.
Singapore International Water Week 2012 provides the platform to address these challenges and explore opportunities in the integration of water solutions and urban planning in cities around the world. Opportunities abound for global water leaders and practitioners from the public and private sectors to debate in water dialogues, network with key industry players, showcase leading-edge technologies and best practices and identify viable solutions to address this common challenge.
Held in conjunction with the 3rd World Cities Summit and the inaugural CleanEnviro Singapore, delegates, trade visitors and exhibitors will have more opportunities to promote practical and sustainable water solutions and tap into a vast network of public and private sector players in urban solutions.
Singapore International Water Week 2011 Surges to New High
Singapore International Water Week 2011, held from 4 – 8 July and themed “Sustainable Solutions for a Changing Urban Environment” notched new highs, with a bigger slate of exhibiting companies and an encouraging growth in participant numbers.
This global platform for water solutions attracted a record of some 13,500 participants from 99 countries/regions. This marks a growth in attendance figures of almost 60% since the inaugural event in 2008. The Water Expo saw close to 70% growth in exhibition space and a 70% increase in the number of exhibiting companies over the inaugural year of 2008. Over 600 companies took part in this year’s Water Expo, which attracted six new international pavilions from Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Milwaukee Water Council (USA), the Water Environment Federation (USA), and the Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership (USA); taking the total number of pavilions to 15. The total value of announcements for projects awarded, tenders, investments and R&D MOUs reached S$2.9 billion.

IWA World Conference on Water, Climate, and Energy

Water and energy are critical for our current society and will be of increasing importance in the future. Climate change is forcing us to reassess our energy usage and will have real and substantial impacts on the water cycle. Solving the interlinked challenges of water, climate and energy in a sustainable manner is one of the fundamental goals of this generation. Following on from conferences on Climate Change Adaptation and Water and Energy, the International Water Association is proud to announce the inaugural World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy in 2012.


The Congress will explore the topics of resilient and sustainable cities with a focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation. The challenges of climate change adaptation and incorporating uncertainty into the city vision and infrastructure will be discussed together with the impacts and responses of climate change on water resources. Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, operating in a carbon constrained world and a focus on renewable energy including practical applications and integration in to the energy mix will be covered.


Solutions to these challenges, including the role of technologies and smart networks will also be a central theme. Recognising that technology is only part of the solution the conference will also address the economic, political and regulatory aspects of water, climate and energy.


The congress will attract up to 2,000 international participants for this global event and will feature a large industry presence and trade exhibition.

More information here.

Water Rights and Trading Regional Summits 2012

Water rights trading and water resource development are emerging markets that are creating abundant business opportunities. However, these new markets are not always easily understood. WestWater Research and American Water Intelligence are coming together to provide information and direction to water trading and development opportunities through a series of thought-provoking, regional conferences.  

These events will be the premier forum for leaders from Wall Street to the water sector to provide valuable insight on:
  • Investing and financing water development projects in the US
  • Are water rights a good investment?
  • Pricing, trading and other market fundamentals
  • Legal and regulatory risk management in water deals
  • Native American water rights in an era of water marketing
  • Environmental water markets and mitigating water development
  • Making business sense of the water development sector
Water is a critical component of our economic future, and the western US has many issues relating to water supply, development and management projects, environmental regulations, and expanding populations. All of these issues also offer political and financial challenges, as well as investment opportunities.

More information here.

Navigating the American Carbon World 2012

The event features the most forward-thinking minds that are driving action to address global climate change. And, because of the depth and diversity of its delegates, who represent business, NGOs, academia and government agencies, it is known as the single best place for networking and collaborating. NACW 2012 will take place April 10-12 in San Francisco and will present a detailed look at California’s cap-and-trade program and other types of mitigation, as well as current and potential linkages between state-level, regional and international carbon markets and sub-national REDD programs. The event is hosted by the Climate Action Reserve.

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RFF First Wednesday Webinar: Green Infrastructure

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

A light lunch will be provided starting at 12:30 p.m.
Registration for in-person attendance is required. To RSVP for this event, please visit RFF’s event registration page.
This event will also be webcast live starting at 12:45 p.m. Join the webcast at
About the Event
Nature provides a wealth of ecological services: forests store carbon and clean the air; rivers provide water for drinking and harbor animal species; and wetlands purify stormwater and serve as buffers against floods. Governments around the world are increasingly recognizing that this “green infrastructure” can be a cost-effective supplement or substitute for the “gray infrastructure”—pipes, dams, levees, treatment plants—traditionally used to control flooding, purify and store water, and reduce urban stormwater runoff.
At this First Wednesday Seminar, sponsored by RFF’s Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth, panelists will explore what “green infrastructure” means and describe how to evaluate the costs and benefits of land-use options for reducing flood damages. They will also discuss the challenges of convincing stakeholders that natural systems can provide infrastructure services and complement public projects. RFF experts will describe a case study evaluating flood abatement options in a Wisconsin watershed, and provide some lessons learned from working to implement a payment for environmental services program in the Florida Everglades.
Lynn Scarlett, Co-Director, RFF Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth
Margaret Walls, Research Director and Thomas J. Klutznick Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
“The Role of Land Use Policies in Minimizing Flood Damage”
Len Shabman, Resident Scholar, Resources for the Future
“A Green Infrastructure Contribution to Everglades Restoration”  

More information here.

NAMAs after Durban – What lies ahead?

The recent Durban Climate Conference made important progress towards clarifying the international operational framework for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), particularly on a prototype registry and core guidance for reporting. Will these recent developments foster international cooperation and accelerate NAMAs design and implementation in developing countries?  

This open knowledge session, the first in a webinar series on NAMAs organized by WBI for the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) and the global community, will address a range of key questions:

  • Key outcomes of Durban related to NAMAs: Are there direct implications for climate & development policy-makers and practitioners at the national level? What further guidance on process and modalities can be expected in the short term?
  • Update on NAMA proposals across sectors: Which lessons have been learned from early action framing low-emissions interventions as NAMAs?

Challenges ahead for NAMAs development and implementation: How can domestic and international support effectively be mobilized to advance evolving NAMA proposals?  

Planet Under Pressure

Key Aims

The key aims of the conference include:

  • 2500 participants combining global-change science and policy, business and development communities
  • Scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference
  • Building trans-disciplinary research communities
  • Identifying opportunities for enhanced partnerships between global change science and policy, industry and the public
  • A new vision for international research

Building on a comprehensive update of knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure it is under, the Planet Under Pressure conference will present and debate new insights into potential opportunities and constraints for innovative development pathways based on novel partnerships.

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Planet Under Pressure

Key Aims

The key aims of the conference include:

  • 2500 participants combining global-change science and policy, business and development communities
  • Scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference
  • Building trans-disciplinary research communities
  • Identifying opportunities for enhanced partnerships between global change science and policy, industry and the public
  • A new vision for international research

Building on a comprehensive update of knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure it is under, the Planet Under Pressure conference will present and debate new insights into potential opportunities and constraints for innovative development pathways based on novel partnerships.

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ICAP Training Course 2012 in Costa Rica

From 19-28 March 2012, the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) will convene a Training Course on Emissions Trading for Emerging Economies and Developing Countries in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Following the successful ICAP Summer Schools held in previous years in Berlin, the Hague, Beijing, and Madrid, the course is designed for 25 to 30 carefully selected policy makers and other stakeholders from the nongovernmental, academic, and the private sector. It will convey an in-depth understanding of emissions trading as an instrument to mitigate greenhouse gases, and build capacity on the technical design and implementation of carbon trading systems.

Over the span of one and a half weeks, participants will have ample networking opportunities with each other and with the teaching faculty, composed of representatives from ICAP members and other recognized experts in the field. Alumni work will help promote active virtual discussions among participants beyond the duration of the course.

Participation in the Alajuela training course is open to applicants from Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. For further details, please download the ICAP Training Course Flyer.

A similar course, the ICAP Summer School 2012, will take place in July 2012 in Ireland. It will be open to applicants from around the world. More information will be posted on the ICAP website in due course.

For more information on further course details and the application process please click here.

Application deadline is 15 December 2011.

Update on Key Elements of California’s Compliance Carbon Offset Market

 Description: California’s cap-and-trade program will launch in 2013. What is the role of carbon offsets? What project types are eligible to generate early action and compliance offsets? What new offset types will be approved? What is the role of forest carbon and REDD?

Join Winrock International’s American Carbon Registry (ACR) as we host speaker Rajinder Sahota from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to provide an overview of the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade regulation as well as updates on the development of key elements of the carbon offset market.  
Ms. Sahota will feature the status and timeline for significant milestones including ARB approval of Offset Project Registries and Verifiers, ARB review and adoption of new compliance offset protocols, and California harmonization & linkages with WCI jurisdictions. Click here to register for the webinar now.

California is the first U.S. state to approve an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, which will create the second largest carbon market in the world behind the European Union. Cap-and-trade is the cornerstone of AB32, California’s historic climate change law that mandates a reduction in carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Beginning in 2013, the state’s largest sources of GHG emissions will be required to meet the regulatory  caps or purchase allowances or offsets.  
The regulation includes requirements for entities to be approved by ARB as Offset Project Registries (OPRs) for the California compliance program. OPRs will oversee the registration and issuance of California-eligible offsets, developed in uncapped sectors using ARB-approved compliance offset protocols or early action protocols. The projection for the use of offsets in the three compliance periods 2013- 2020 is 200 million tons at an estimated value over $5 billion.
ACR will provide an update on its preparations to apply to serve as an ARB approved Offset Project Registry as well as other recent relevant developments.

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8th Austrian JI/CDM Workshop

Key objectives of the event are:
• to provide an effective communication platform,
• to update the audience on trends regarding flexible and new mechanisms, and
• to inform the participants of new project opportunities.

• Workshop:                                               2-3 February 2012
• Optional Site visit:                     1 February 2012 (afternoon)


Kommunalkredit Public Consulting, Tuerkenstrasse 9, 1092 Vienna, Austria

Contact and further information

This event is designed as a carbon neutral event. Carbon emissions arising from air travel of our speakers will be compensated through Climate Austria. Participants are kindly invited to follow this initiative:

Key topics 2012:

• Results and implications of COP 17 in Durban
• Roadmap 2050 and the role of offsetting in Europe post-2012
• Tracking progress on low-carbon initiatives
• Carbon markets: developments and trends

Carbon market survey
Participants will be invited to a quick survey (2 minutes) on topics related to the future of carbon markets. Results of this survey will be presented at the event.

1. Workshop Programme

Wednesday, 1 February 2012
14-18h (optional) Site visit: Reducing emissions through renewable energy:
Hydropower Plant Freudenau | Verbund

Day 1: Thursday, 2 February 2012
Session I: COP 17 Durban: stepping stone towards a comprehensive agreement?
Session II:   Roadmap 2050 and the role of offsetting in Europe post-2012
Session III: Tracking progress on low-carbon initiatives

      * Part 1: Policy development to drive low-carbon initiatives
      * Part 2: Low-carbon initiatives in practice

Day 2: Friday, 3 February 2012
Session IV: Austrian JI/CDM Programme: update & outlook
Session V: Carbon Markets: current developments and future trends

2. Participation and Registration

• Registration and Payment procedure
Places are limited. For registration please remit a completed registration form and pay the workshop fee simultaneously to the following account:

Account name: Kommunalkredit Public Consulting GmbH
Account number: 96.051.049
Bank name: BAWAG PSK
Bank number: 60000

For international remittances:
IBAN: AT036000000096051049

Make sure that you state the name of the participating person on the remittance.
Notice that you are only registered after receipt of our invoice. We will send you the invoice as soon as your amount was credited to our account.

• Cancellation policy
Cancellations are only possible if made at least 14 days prior to the workshop (15 January 2012).

• Visa invitation letter
Please check with the local Austrian Embassy or High Commission in your country for specific visa requirements. Related costs have to be born by the participant. In order to receive an official invitation letter you have to submit

      * a copy of your passport,
      * a completed form of Participant Details,
      * payment confirmation of workshop fee,
      * your Curriculum Vitae and
      * a 2-page motivation letter in English highlighting your experience in the Carbon Market.

Invitation letters will be sent only on request and after receipt of registration fee and all mentioned documents.
Please notice that the registration fee must have been credited to our account until 30 November 2011 in order to arrange an official invitation letter. No exceptions are made.

Durban outcome – prospects for the carbon markets in 2012


The workshop will be open to non-members of the Zurich Carbon Market Association against a fee of 50 Swiss Franks (students free). Please register with Sven Widdel (sven.widdel(at);   fees are payable to the Zurich Carbon Market Association bank account at Swiss Postfinance, account 85-570886-8 (IBAN CH140900 0000 8557 0886 8, BIC POFICHBEXXX).

For further information on the Zurich Carbon Market Association see

Good COP; Bad COP? webinar

For exclusive insights into the successes and failures of the Durban negotiations, and to understand the practical implications for your business, participate in our Post-COP webinar which takes place on 10 January, with our panel of international experts: Dirk Forrister, Marcela Main and Andrei Marcu.    

A must for anyone already operating in the carbon market or planning for the low-carbon future! Don’t delay and secure your place now if you haven’t done so yet!

Hear analysis from our panel of experts:

Marcela Main, Senior Liaison Officer; Secretary General’s Climate Change Support Team Executive, UNFCCC

Dirk Forrister, Principal & Founder, Forrister Advisory LLC

Andrei Marcu, Advisor, Centre for European Policy Studies


• Have incisive analysis delivered direct to your desk
• Have an opportunity to pose questions to an unbeatable panel of experts on this subject
• Receive the recording and a copy of presentations which you can refer to at your leisure

All you need to participate is internet connection & landline phone (Skype or mobile phones can’t be used). We’ll email you a number – usually toll free – so you can dial in just before the webinar begins, and a link to the presentations so you can follow on screen while listening to the speakers.

Receive the November webinar and take part live on January 10th for just £187.50 /US$300.00/€217.50

The Carbon Congress – India

As population level is projected to increase from 6.5 billion to 8.3 billion by 2030, the world’s demand for energy will also increase by 53 % and thereby elevating global carbon emissions by 55%. At present, the largest contributor in percentage term of global greenhouse gas emissions is China-19.5%. It is followed by USA-19.2%, India-5.3%, Russia-5.1%, Japan-3.6% and Germany- 2.6%.

There is a compliance need to 2020 in India and other Nations including EU. The CDM is Undergoing its own upheaval and National or Global targets to limit CO2 could still be upgraded if international negotiations are finally successful this year, or downgraded if not. Intergovernmental trading has grown, but at the same time attracted controversy. Now the Question is, Are these emissions trading mechanisms the right ones? How can they be scaled up? How can we enable lucrative policy for Green Initiatives? Where is the clever money headed? What are the Risks & Returns on Green Investments?

‘The Carbon Congress 2011’ will feature high-level interactive discussions among business leaders, Government Officials, Civil Society Scholars and Influential Leaders. It is designed to maximize interaction, increase understanding of efforts underway and generate a range of commitments to action around the Carbon Market, Renewable and Sustainable Energy and Environmental Impacts for all goals. The high-level meet will focus on the role of the private and Public sector in supporting the Sustainable Growth.

TCC 2011 provides a Hawk-eyed view on challenges, policies, scopes and future of the Carbon Market, starting from Indian carbon market dynamics… to …what happens beyond Kyoto. From CER supply – demand – pricing to Carbon market Investments.

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The future of international climate policy: Implications for Australia

Join Erwin Jackson, the deputy chief executive of the Climate Institute, Martijn Wilder, head of the global climate change practice at Baker & McKenzie. and Climate Spectator editor Giles Parkinson, as they review the agreement of Durban, and how international climate policy will likely evolve in coming years.

The webinar will cover:
• The details of the Durban agreement
• Implications for Australian policy development and business
• The future of the carbon market
• The impact on clean energy investment

(Please remember to check the time in your state: which is 9am for WA, 10:30am for NT, 11am for QLD, 11:30am for SA, and 12pm for VIC/NSW/ACT)

Click here to register

Forest Day 5

Forest Day, now moving into its fifth year, has become one of the most intensive and influential annual global events on forests. At its heart, it is a platform for anyone with an interest in forests and climate change to meet once a year to ensure that forests remain high on the agenda of global and national climate strategies, and that those strategies are informed by the most up-to-date knowledge and experience. Forest Day presents an opportunity for stakeholders from different backgrounds and regions to network, share their experiences and debate the pressing issues facing forests around the world.

“For some countries, Forest Day provides a rare chance to interact internationally, exchange knowledge and lessons learned on forests and climate change,” said Felician Kilahama, director of the forest division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania.

Each Forest Day, which takes place annually on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, is designed to inform and engage world leaders, researchers, donors, policymakers, climate change negotiators, media, nongovernmental and intergovernmental organisations, indigenous peoples’ groups and other forest-dependent people.

International Conference on Climate Law and Governance in the Global South

he Conference on Climate Law and Governance in the Global South will bring together country representatives, development practitioners, legal experts and other key stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues facing developing country governments and citizens, including:

  •       What gaps and barriers in legal and institutional frameworks prohibit access to support?
  •     How can countries mainstream mitigation, adaptation and socio-economic development strategies into laws, regulations and institutions?
  •       What is the role of the law in fostering financial incentives for mitigation and adaptation in the green economy?
  •         How can international organizations assist policy-makers with legal and institutional capacity building?

Attendance to the conference is free of charge.

A Panel Discussion and Public Debate in London

For some the issue is how to reform the CDM by scaling up, reducing costs and improving governance. For others the CDM is flawed by design.
This public event will explore these debates, which go to the heart of a 3 year project on The Governance of Clean Development: CDM and Beyond led by Professor Peter Newell, which explores the politics and governance of clean development in the energy sector through the CDM and through other initiatives of a growing range of public and private actors.

The event brings together leading actors and specialists in the field to debate these issues based on some of the findings of the research.


Simon Maxwell, Overseas Development Institute

Discussion Panel – Confirmed Speakers

Professor Michael Grubb, University of Cambridge

Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth

Dr Emily Boyd, University of Reading

The event will begin with an introduction by Professor Peter Newell, University of Sussex.

Ecosystem Services

Simply put, ecosystem services are the benefits that human beings receive from the ecosystems (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005). Some of these benefits are easily quantified and can be assessed in economic terms (e.g., timber, food), whereas other services are more difficult to define and quantify (e.g. soil formation, toxin filtering, nutrient cycling or recreational benefits).  Around the world, scientists, philanthropists, governments and communities are grappling with how we can support human well-being while considering the needs of our planet. Too often progress is hampered by false dichotomies such as development versus conservation.  
A recent report by the Bridgespan Group determined that while the still fledgling field of ecosystem services faces challenges, the momentum around the field continues to build and has tremendous potential to achieve substantial benefits to conservation and human well-being.     Those working in the area come from disciplines as diverse as ecology, remote sensing, agricultural engineering, civil engineering, water resources, international development, economics, public policy, computational modeling, demography and public health.  Jeffery Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute believes that “almost all environmental challenges, from greenhouse gas emissions to the depletion of groundwater resources, demand technological transformation” (p. 29, Nature, 2010).
Areas the conference might explore include

Linking Human and Environmental Needs
·                 How can the diversity, productivity and services of intact ecosystems be conserved, and degraded ecosystems be
restored, in ways compatible with efforts to improve the human condition?
·                 How do we develop a common understanding of the science needed to inform policy decision-making?
·                 How can we better structure and measure local and regional projects to build upon a collective body of scientific evidence that can be shared across disciplines?
·                 What approaches will best allow conservation projects to take advantage of the growing understanding of the link between landscape change and human health?
·                 How can we cohesively include conservation and human development and incorporate material and intangible benefits of ecosystems in economic development initiatives?
·                 How do we create metrics that adequately capture the complexities of biological and socioeconomic change and examine the causal relationships responsible for the outcomes observed?
·                 What valuation, sensing, measuring, analyzing, modeling, and integrating tools are required to track the processes and impacts of conservation and development efforts across multiple ecosystems simultaneously?
·                 How do we better quantify ecosystem services to reduce the transactional costs of policies based on ecosystem services?
·                 How do we improve understanding of the feedback effects resulting from economic, health, social, and environmental change?
Agriculture and Aquaculture
·                 How do we measure and manage the environmental impact of food production?
·                 What research and other actions are necessary to make evidence-based decisions about diversified (multi-functional) farming systems?
·                 How do we most efficiently apply biotechnology and engineering approaches to address limited water supply?
·                 What tools are needed to create functional agriculture and aquaculture systems to reduce environmental stress, enhance human well being and enhance stability in the developing world?

World Bank Institute E-learning Course on Clean Development Mechanism Programme of Activities

The World Bank Institute e-learning course “CDM Programme of Activities (PoA): Challenges and Opportunities”, 7-18 November 2011 helps project developers, carbon market agents, development practitioners and government agencies to better understand the opportunities and challenges of Programmatic CDM and illustrates how it can be used as a tool for catalyzing low carbon development. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2011.

The course is delivered in 3 modules which take about 8 hours to complete. It uses interactive presentations and provides discussion forums. Specific learning objectives of the e-Learning course on include:

      * Understand the Rationale for Developing PoA (why PoA?)
      * Understand Rules and Structure (what PoA?)
      * Identify Potential Sectors where PoA can be effectively applied (where PoA?)
      * Understand Financial Issues and Contractual Arrangements (how PoA?)
      * Identify possible linkages with other policy instruments.

The course builds on existing PoA guidebooks and assessment reports developed by strategic partners such as the German Development Bank (KfW), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) RISØ Center, and the World Bank.

The fee for the facilitated course is USD 200. Applications have to be submitted online using the following link:

For further information please visit the course webpage: or contact Mr. Pablo Cesar Benitez (