Biodiversity Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (4): 431-437.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2014.14082

Special Issue: National Park Special Feature

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Cross-boundary issues under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Convention on Biodiversity

Min Wang, Zhe Liu*(), Xiangzhao Feng, Chunxiu Tian   

  1. Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Beijing 100029
  • Received:2014-04-16 Accepted:2014-06-14 Online:2014-07-24
  • Liu Zhe

Climate change and biodiversity loss are two of the most serious global environmental challenges faced by humans. As these challenges involve global public goods, it is crucially important that the global society should strive to make synergies between the two most influential United Nations (UN) conventions, which are the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Convention on Biodiversity. This paper reviews the negotiation process under the two conventions, especially focusing on cross-boundary issues. By analyzing the focal concerns of main parties, this paper evaluates possible future scenarios on cross-boundary issues under the two conventions. For the UNFCCC, focal issues related to biodiversity are as follows: LULUCF (Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry); REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation); and the international mechanism for Loss and Damage. For the Biodiversity Convention, the major issues related to climate change are: Synergy; REDD; Geo-engineering and related issues. In the end, we propose the following strategies: (1) Integrate the forces of our negotiating team, and promote synergistic actions under two conventions; (2) Plan for negotiations about cross-boundary issues, and take the initiative in the negotiation process; (3) Provide data for risk assessment associated with loss and damage; and (4) Strengthen scientific research and international exchange on geo-engineering issues.

Key words: climate change, biodiversity, negotiations, synergetic effects

Table 1

The key issues and its negotiation process related to biodiversity under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)"

土地利用、土地利用变化和林业Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) 减少毁林和森林退化的碳排放
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
Loss and Damage
1998, COP4 首次出现LULUCF议题
Raised a new issue of LULUCF at the first time
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2000, COP6 明确了相关定义, 决定将植树造林和重新造林包括在清洁发展机制(Clean Development Mechanism, CDM)项目下
Defined some terms, took afforestation and reforestation carbon sink projects as a qualified CDM project
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2001, COP7 明确了适用于第一承诺期的LULUCF规则
Clarified LULUCF rules for the first commitment period
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2003, COP9 确认了第一个承诺期CDM下造林和再造林项目活动模式和程序
Confirmed activity patterns and procedures of afforestation and reforestation projects for the first commitment period
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2005, COP11
Advised to increase REDD issue in the Provisional Agenda
2007, COP13 - 由REDD扩展到REDD+(在REDD基础上增加了保护和可持续管理森林以增加森林碳汇部分), 有关政策方针和激励办法纳入“巴厘岛行动计划”
Broadened REDD to REDD+( “REDD+” goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks), and related policies and incentive measures were included into Bali Action Plan
Required parties to consider methods and strategies of loss and damage
2008, COP14

Raised multi-window mechanism to address Loss and Damage from climate change impacts
2009, COP15
首次审议REDD+议题, 通过了“关于REDD+的方法学指导意见”
First review of REDD+ issue and adopted the methodological guidance for activities relating to REDD+

2010, COP16 明确了议定书二期减排中的核算活动类型及核算原则
Clarified the accounting activity type and rule in the second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol
Made agreements on the detailed scale, principle and financial support of REDD+ action
Decided to build the work programme on Loss and Damage
2011, COP17 明确了发达国家2012年后二期减排中必须强制和可自行选择纳入核算的活动类型
Confirmed the kind of activity that should be taken by developed countries in a mandate or selectively, in the second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol since 2012
Made agreements on policy incentive mechanism and technology of REDD+ action
Established the work programme on Loss and Damage
2012, COP18
Decided to execute the financing plan in 2013 based on REDD+ action effect
首次将“损失和损害”问题列入条款, 决定设立应对损失和损害的机构安排
Listed loss and damage on the provisions for the first time, created an institutional arrangement on Loss and Damage
2013, COP19
Decided to establish the Warsaw Framework for REDD+
Established the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage
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