Climate change:Turn the tide – turn to nature,7-18/12

UNFCCC COP15 meeting:
7 to 18 December, Copenhagen

Leaders at Copenhagen should make robust commitments and a timetable for achieving a legally binding treaty for the post-2012 climate change regime as early as possible. IUCN urges leaders meeting at UNFCCC COP15 to include nature’s solutions to reduce emissions and cope with impacts of climate change in a future deal. Nature is ready to provide powerful tools for both climate change mitigation and adaptation which are already available, cost-effective and sustainable. The potential benefits of a REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) mechanism and the role of ecosystems in enabling people to adapt to the impacts of climate change should be recognized.

Key Issues:
Managing nature will play a key role in our ability to cope with the changing climate and reduce emissions,” says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN. “A massive investment in nature, in the way we protect it, manage it and govern it will take us from where we are today to a low carbon economy of the future.”
Managing and conserving ecosystems can increase resilience and reduce the vulnerability of people to the impacts of climate change,” says IUCN’s Head of Ecosystem Management Programme, Neville Ash. “Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change should be included in a post-2012 adaptation framework.”
Deforestation accounts for 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. “Preventing deforestation and restoring forest areas through REDD can combat climate change in a cost-effective way while generating crucial, additional benefits for indigenous peoples, local communities and biodiversity,” says IUCN’s Director of Environment and Development Stewart Maginnis. “REDD must be an integral part of a future climate deal.”

Press Material and Events:
Monday 7 Dec: Opening Statement
Monday 7 to Friday 18 Dec: Copenhagen Diary: daily blog from delegation
Tuesday 8 Dec, 9:30: Natural Solutions. Protected Areas and Climate. Press release and case studies.
Thursday 10 Dec, 13:00: Press conference: Ocean Acidification, The Facts. Press release and report.
Friday 11 Dec, 11:30: Press conference: Ecosystem based adaptation, Natures solution for climate change impact. Press release and case studies.
Friday 11 Dec, afternoon: Press trip, ‘Copenhagen kids lowering CO₂ emissions’.
Monday 14 Dec, 11:30: Press conference, the Red List of Threatened Species most affected by climate change. Press release and case studies.
Tuesday 15 Dec 9:30: Press conference, the True Cost of REDD. Press release and report.
Wednesday 16 Dec, 18:00: Photo/filming opportunity around an IUCN members event, ‘Earth Hour: Elephants lit by Solar Power’ at Copenhagen Zoo.
Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 Dec: Daily media brief sent to registered press
Friday 18 Dec: Closing Statement.
7-18 Dec: Art exhibit and performances Women are Agents of Climate Change by the Global Gender and Climate Alliance. Opening ceremony Tuesday 8 Dec at 18:00 in DGI-byen, Hall 55.

All press conferences will be held in room Asger Jorn, Hall H, Bella Center.
Photos/Audio/Video material are available from: www.iucn.org/unfccc

Ninni Ikkala, IUCN’s Climate Change Coordinator, ninni.ikkala@iucn.org
Claire Parker Senior Climate Change Policy Consultant claire.n.parker@btopenworld.com
(for climate change negotiations)
Stewart Maginnis,
IUCN’s Director of Environment and Development, stewart.maginnis@iucn.org (for REDD),
Carole Saint-Laurent IUCN Senior Forest Policy Advisor, carsaint@bellnet.ca (for REDD),
Neville Ash IUCN’s Head of Ecosystem Based Management Programme ashn@iucn.org
(for ecosystem-based adaptation),
Mark Smith, Head of IUCN’s Water Programme mark.smith@iucn.org (for water)
Carl Gustaf Lundin, head of IUCN’s Marine Programme carl.lundin@iucn.org (for oceans)
Annelie Fincke, IUCN Social Policy annelie.fincke@iucn.org (for indigenous peoples)
Wendy Foden, IUCN Species Programme wendy.foden@iucn.org (for species)

Media Team
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