Doha Climate Change Conference
26 November – 8 December 2012 (Doha, Qatar)

Negotiations focused on ensuring the implementation of agreements reached at previous conferences. The package of “Doha Climate Gateway” decisions included amendments to the Kyoto Protocol to establish its second commitment period; termination of the AWG-KP, the AWG-LCA and negotiations under the Bali Action Plan; and agreement to consider loss and damage, “such as” institutional mechanism to address loss and damage in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. On REDD+, the COP decided to undertake a work programme on results-based finance, aiming to contribute to the ongoing efforts to scale up and improve the effectiveness of finance for REDD+ activities; and requested SBSTA 38 to consider how non-market-based approaches, such as joint mitigation and adaptation approaches, could be developed, and initiate work on methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits resulting from REDD+ activities.

UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative with the Australian government and the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) organized an event on Australia’s savanna fire management and sustainable livelihoods initiative. North Australia’s Savanna Fire Management, which combines traditional indigenous burning practices with the latest scientific research and is recognized under Australia’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI), can provide guidelines for the establishment of fire projects in developing countries where savanna landscapes and traditional fire management practices are similar to those in tropical Australia. Using the knowledge and experience of Australia’s indigenous land managers, the initiative will develop resources to document and communicate results and lessons learned and provide practical guidance on project design and implementation.

Tebtebba and the Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership on Climate Change and Forests organized a panel analyzing the current state of negotiations and indigenous peoples’ demands on the Green Climate Fund. Panelists discussed the importance in protecting gains made by indigenous peoples in the next climate change agreement, including the recognition of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, recognition of traditional knowledge, and the requirements for full and effective participation in climate change programmes. On the Green Climate Fund, they called for full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, with separate representation from civil society.

Visit the meeting’s website … Read IISD Reporting Services’ daily reports and a summary/analysis of the meeting … Read IISD RS’ coverage of selected side events … Read the media release on Australia’s savanna fire management and sustainable livelihoods initiative … Read a report on the panel on analysis of the current state of negotiations and indigenous peoples’ demands on the Green Climate Fund by Natural Justice, including link to video …