The Environment Programme

Between April and June, the environment programme focused on finalizing the Chatham House project report – ‘Illegal logging and Related Trade: Indicators of the Global Response’ which is due to be launched, along with accompanying publications, in July, along with its accompaning publications—a briefing paper and country report cards. The programme also worked with the World Resources Institute examining linkages between the proposed UN mechanism to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and illegal logging. It also carried out research on the status of the UN REDD negotiations and monitoring, reporting and verification systems.

Larry MacFaul participated in the UN-REDD/Chatham House Expert Workshop, London, from 24-25 May. The goal of the meeting was to improve understanding of what aspects of governance need to be monitored to help develop effective REDD strategies. The workshop drew on current and past experiences from the forest and other sectors. The discussions aimed at developing a draft framework of core governance parameters for monitoring and reporting which could inform the negotiations and various REDD processes, and also assist countries preparing REDD strategies. The meeting was attended by experts from around the world representing civil society and international organizations such as UN-REDD and the World Bank.

Between 7 – 10 June, Larry attended the latest UN climate change negotiation sessions in Bonn, Germany. This included the 32nd sessions of the convention’s subsidiary bodies, the 10th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, and the 12th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol And on 25 June, Larry participated in the 16th Illegal Logging Stakeholder Update meeting at Chatham House, London.

Over this period, the programme continued to liaise with FIELD, other civil society organizations, business and academia on environment project development.