Bonn Climate Change Conference - April 2013


The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2) is taking place from 29 April – 3 May 2013 at the World Conference Center Bonn, in Bonn, Germany. 


Workstream 1 (discussing options towards the 2015 global climate agreement):

On 1 May, two round tables were held, one on adaptation and one on means of implementation of climate action. There was a clear tendency to see adaptation and mitigation as “two sides of the same coin”, with the need to combine both in a coherent approach to address climate change and to drive the required transformation to resilient development. Governments are in the process of identifying how the ADP could add value to adaptation on top of existing arrangements. Delegates also began a discussion on finance in the context of the 2015 agreement. There was a constructive discussion, with many delegates emphasizing the need for support to enable mitigation and adaptation in a transparent manner.

Workstream 2 (raising ambition to combat climate change now):

With regard to workstream 2, a workshop on opportunities for mitigation and adaptation related to land use was held. Delegates heard expert presentations on managing land use and forests – a scientific perspective on carbon conservation and sequestration – as well as an overview of experience on the ground in the area of land use and climate change. Views were exchanged on implementation of national climate change strategies and mainstreaming of climate change considerations in policies and issues such as addressing sustainable natural resources management, territorial planning, forest monitoring and agricultural production. There was consensus that multiple benefits, such as food security, sustainable livelihoods, economic and productivity gains, biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation represent a major driving force behind national action on climate change.

Participants furthermore shared views on the importance of international cooperation and potential involvement of other international organizations and partnerships, such as FAO, UN-REDD programme and REDD+ partnership. They noted that countries that have taken ownership and shown leadership, and have engaged all important stakeholders from the outset, are making particularly good progress in the implementation of REDD+.