1. COP18: Pansang Dolma Sherpa, National Coordinator, NEFIN

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    COP18 (06/12/12) – Pansang Dolma Sherpa, National Coordinator, NEFIN talks about the need to safeguard indigenous people’s rights in the REDD+ scheme. She says in Nepal, where REDD programmes are under development it is important that they also consider how to include the rights of those people living in the forest. She stresses that while REDD is a top down approach to forest protection, the implementation takes place using a bottom up approach the inclusion of indigenous knowledge it what will ensuring its success. She says there are already so many example of where traditional management of the forests by indigenous people means sustainable forest management.

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    • COP18: Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists

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      COP18 (06/12/12) – Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists talks about the growing anxiety among the scientific community over the lack of urgency at the talks. He talks about the worrying level of disconnect between what the science says is going to happen and needs to be done and what the politicians are pledging to do, both internationally and nationally. He says there is still confusion among the public about climate change. He uses the example of the US and says people are generally not aware of the unanimous opinion of most climate scientists are global warming. He says that people still tend to think this is something that is going to happen further down the road and will hit other countries like Bangladesh first. He says that the recent Superstorm Sandy that hit the US was somewhat of a wake up call for the country. He says that there has been a concerted effort in the US by denialists to deliberately confuse people about the science. He says now climate change is hitting at home, and people are thinking more about it the job of his organisation and others in the country is to turn this into direct political pressure.

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      • COP18: John Nduna, General Secretary, Act Alliance

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        COP18 (01/12/12) – John Nduna, General Secretary, Act Alliance talks about his work with local communities who are facing disaster and humanitarian situations. He describes his organisation’s work building capacity, and limiting vulnerability to disasters. He talks about their work in Bangladesh helping to build renewable energy capacity, including solar and wind, working at a local level to create sustainable projects. He says that while they can look at renewable energy they need the developed world to come in a support such projects. He also talks about their work in Malawi where they help to ensure that programmes are helping communities on the ground and are building climate change resilience.

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        • COP18: Annick Delhaye, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainability

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          COP18 (06/12/12) – Annick Delhaye, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainability talks about what she expects from the COP18 climate talks.

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          • COP18: John Griffiths, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Welsh Government

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            COP18 (06/12/12) – John Griffiths, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development for the Welsh Government talks about the government’s mission to embed sustainable development into all decision making in the country. He explains that they are currently putting a Sustainable Development Bill through the Welsh parliament that will place sustainable development at the centre of government and the organising principles of the whole of the public sector. He says with the help of a potential independent Sustainable Development Body, they would be able to set a framework on governance. He explains the definition of sustainable development and the three strands of it – economic, social and environment and says it is about thinking for the long term and for the well being of people and communities. He talks about partnership that Wales has with Uganda and Lesotho and the relationships they are building. He says in Doha he was able to meet with the environment minister of Lesotho and talk about taking forward a climate change strategy where the two countries will work together to help Lesotho to mitigate and adapt to climate change – including looking at such areas as renewable energy and water policy.

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            • COP18: Matteo Gagliardi, Global Voices

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              COP18 (06/12/12) – Matteo Gagliardi from Global Voices talks about his research into the Durban platform and the role that equity will play within a future agreement, and how it can also aid development and poverty eradication. He says that in Australia there is a lot of interest in climate change but that often it is not a positive interest. He explains that there are a lot of sceptics in the country and some very negative discussions going on about climate change. He says there are also a lot of people who take climate change seriously in the country.

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              • COP18: Tim Mann, Global Voices

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                COP18 (06/12/12) – Tim Mann from Global Voices talks about his research into the IPCC’s 5th assessment report to be released in 2013/14 and how the findings of the report could impact the UNFCCC negotiations. He said that his research showed that there would not be a huge different because the 5th report and what had already been presented but that it would be much more policy relevant. He said it is also expected to have a higher level of certainty than the 4th assessment and that there will be less grey areas. He says this should provide more of a sense of urgency that will hopefully help to drive the negotiations.

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                • COP18: Elizabeth Buchan, Global Voices

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                  COP18 (06/12/12) – Elizabeth Buchan from Global Voices talks about the relationship between indigenous people and carbon markets. She explains the many different tracks of the negotiations where this topic could be important including in REDD+ discussions, the CDM, Voluntary Markets outside of the UNFCCC process and the new market mechanisms under discussions. She talks about the needs for safeguards for indigenous rights, and says that there is not current enough in the text that ensures this. She says that rather than talking about sustainable development, the text should note sustainable development and human rights.

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                  • COP18: Ryan Hyde, Global Voices

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                    COP18 (06/12/12) – Ryan Hyde from Global Voices talks about his research project on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. He says that how important the Protocol will be will depend on how many and which countries signed up to the agreement. He says that it is also an important element of the transition towards the Durban agreement. He talks about how hard it is for young people to get engaged in topics they do not know anything about.

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                    • COP18: Luke McGreevy, Global Voices

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                      COP18 (06/12/12) – Luke McGreevy from Global Voices talks about his work examining the G77 group of countries and their negotiating positions. He says that it is interesting to see how such a diverse group operates and says it is interesting to watch the group in the plenary sessions and see what positions they take and also how they operate with other developing countries. He says the biggest things he has had to get his head around is the sheer number work streams that are going on and also the intricacies of countries' negotiating positions and tactics within the talks.

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