Climate change: A virtual special issue with commentary for #COP21

Published on
December 10, 2015

The Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) has produced a virtual special issue bringing together 29 articles from the last years with direct relevance to the COP21 Paris agenda, and asked the authors to reflect on how the article is relevant to debates in Paris.

The first article in this special issue 'In pursuit of cabon accountability: the politics of REDD+ measuring, reporting and verification systems' is written by Aarti Gupta, Associate Professor at ENP, and Marjanneke Vijge, PhD candidate at ENP, together with Esther Turnhout and Eva Lovbrand. Especially two issues they addressed in the article are important for CoP21 negotiations.

A first pertinent challenge addresses the financing of REDD+ activities:fund-based or market-based? The role of market mechanisms, although it has been contested to a large extent, will be a crucial element in the COP21 negotiations. A key outstanding question is whether and how REDD+ will be included in potential market and/or offsetting arrangements in the new agreement.

A second crucial issue at COP21 questions how the land sector will be included in a new agreement. Will there be a separate accounting regime? Will REDD+ will be part of a separate land use accounting regime?

Especially for this occassion, those articles have open access for the coming six months. More information about the special issue can be found here.