[ASC-list] ONLINE BRIEFING ALERT: Online from Bonn - deforestation and climate change [TODAY, 3pm AEST]

Susannah Eliott SEliott at aussmc.org
Wed Jun 10 04:11:54 UTC 2009

Apologies for the short notice, ASCers! If you can't tune in to this,
feel free to download it from our website later (www.aussmc.org)





Australian Science Media Centre

REMINDER:  Deforestation and climate change 


The second largest source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions in
the world comes from land use.  In turn, the majority of these emissions
come from deforestation and the degradation of forests and peatlands in
developing nations. Despite this, a mechanism to reduce deforestation in
developing nations was left out of the Kyoto Protocol. 

With increased urgency surrounding climate change, actions are underway
to remedy this exclusion.  At the climate change talks in Bonn
<http://unfccc.int/2860.php>  (Germany), negotiators are debating
whether to allow high emitters to buy carbon credits from developing
countries who preserve their forests (the so-called "REDD" scheme -
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing countries).

With only months until COP15 in Copenhagen, agreement on exactly how and
when REDD should be included is yet to be reached. What difference will
REDD or no REDD make to Australia? How will land use change be counted
in the next commitment period? Will Australia be able to again benefit
from a clause within the Kyoto Protocol that enabled us to offset our
carbon emissions by clearing less land?

Join this background briefing with experts in Bonn to find out more
about the negotiations on land use, implications for climate change and
what they mean for Australia.

SPEAKERS: (see bios at end of this email)

*                     Ms Fiona McKenzie, Policy Advisor, Terrestrial
Carbon Group, Sydney

*                     Mr Ralph Ashton, Visiting Scholar, Columbia
University and Senior Policy Fellow, The Heinz Center, Washington DC


DATE:  Wed 10 June 2009


DURATION: Approx 30 min

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Fiona McKenzie:  Having grown up on a farm in north western New South
Wales, Fiona seeks to discover new approaches to agriculture and natural
resources management where both can prosper. Currently, Fiona is a
consultant to the Terrestrial Carbon Group, an international group of
eminent scientists and economists, where she advises on strategic
direction, public profile and emerging policy and scientific issues. In
conjunction, she is undertaking a PhD at the University of Sydney,
exploring ways to foster innovation in agriculture that improves the
natural resource base on which farming depends. For the past three years
she has worked as a Policy Analyst with the Wentworth Group of Concerned
Scientists, where she has been responsible for turning ideas and
scientific knowledge into concrete policy solutions and liaising with
government, media, and the general public. Previously, she worked for
the New South Wales Government, in the former Healthy Rivers Commission,
the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources and the
Ministry for Science and Medical Research.

Ralph Ashton is Program Director of the Terrestrial Carbon Group
project, which he convened in 2007 while Leader of the Climate Change
Program at the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists in Sydney.
Previously he coordinated WWF's global response to the Indian Ocean
earthquakes and tsunami and then co-founded its Humanitarian
Partnerships Program, which he ran from Banda Aceh. He contributed to
WWF-Indonesia's "Green Reconstruction Policy Guidelines for Aceh";
managed a regional partnership with American Red Cross; and sought and
established a regional collaboration with World Vision. Ralph
co-authored "A Blueprint for the Forest Industry and Vegetation
Management in Tasmania" - a new policy for forest and grassland
management in Tasmania, one of Australia's most controversial
environmental issues. He is editor of and contributor to "Tarkine", a
photographic book published in 2004 to raise awareness of the plight of
this unique Tasmanian rainforest wilderness.  A native of Papua New
Guinea, he studied in Australia and Germany. During 2008, he was a
Visiting Fellow in the Climate and Energy Program at The Australian
National University, and in 2009 is a Visiting Scholar in the Center for
Environment, Economy, and Society at Columbia University.


Date issued: 9 June 2009    

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