date: Mon Jan 21 17:16:55 2002
from: Mike Hulme <m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: Fwd: comments re. UNFCCC
From: "emma lisa schipper" <lisaatXYZxyzincircle.com>
To: "alex haxeltine" <alex.haxeltineatXYZxyz.ac.uk>,
"clair gough" <clair.goughatXYZxyzst.ac.uk>,
"mike hulme" <m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk>,
"suraje dessai" <s.dessaiatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 15:49:18 +0100
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This is the missing email from 14.01.
Hi - I wanted to send some comments on Suraje's paper and give a brief description of
where I have contacts and specific areas that my research is focussing on (in particular
for those of you whom I don't know - Alex, Clair, Elaine).
First off, I think Suraje has done a very thorough job of identifying areas where more
research as been requested, and where Tyndall may contribute (not to mention that the
paper is very well written).
I would particularly like to highlight the following issues for Tyndall:
-IPCC - this is a very important aspect of SBSTA work and I agree with Suraje that
Tyndall should make its role clear. I think participation as observers would show the
seriousness and dedication of Tyndall to these issues. The workshop was very
controversial as Suraje describes and it is important for the process to receive wide
support. As observers I would recommend sending those Tyndall staff members who have
been co-authors, or perhaps those whose papers have been included in the TAR.
-Emissions from international transportation - yes this issue is always swept to the
side, but I feel that unless there is particular interest or expertise on the part of
Tyndall it may not be ideal to focus on this now, as there are other institutions with
greater expertise who may be better fit to carry out such research.
-Adaptation - as this is one of Tyndalls' research area (and also the one where my PhD
fits in) I hold that this is a key area for Tyndall to contribute. The projects that are
already in existence will contribute to this issue, but there could certainly be more
emphasis on adaptation under the UNFCCC. i would be very happy to contribute here, since
I am in contact with the Sectretariat person responsible for adaptation (Olga
Pilifosova) and I have been working with some experts on a paper that focuses on the new
adaptation policy framework (should be published in the next issue of Climate Policy!).
Obviously, my research and thesis feeds straight into this as well.
- Article 6 - education training and public awareness. I think this is where most
institutions like Tyndall can be the most supportive of the UNFCCC processs. An internet
portal with information about the other Tyndall projects relevant to the UNFCCC could be
one way to kill two birds with one stone - this would be something geared at everyone
for the purposes of capacity building and awareness raising. The idea would be to make
websites that are easily viewed (few graphics) and made for the lowest versions of
Netscape and Internet Explorer (for those in Burkina Faso or Cambodia who have old
computers with slow internet connections). I think there are many, many possibilities
to explore here. A good first step would be to contact Kevin Grose i the Information,
Outreach and Administrative Services Team of the UNFCCC Secretariat. He is responsible
for co-ordinating work on this article and would be able to provide guidance how Tyndall
might get involved more. Tel +49 228 815 1000 for switchboard. or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NAPAs - this is an area that I am very interested in. I am following the debates
through LDC contacts (friends) who are sending me emails to keep me up to date. I would
be happy to share this information and to focus on the NAPAs. I hope this will be
something I can focus on more once I have completed my PhD (!!).
-Funding - I am not sure where Tyndall's role here would be - I think this might be
stretching it slightly.
Just briefly about me - I have many contacts within the UNFCCC Secretariat due to having
worked as a consultant there for half a year upon the completion of my BSc (I wrote my
BSc thesis on mitigating methane emissions from cows in the US - and this being quite an
unusual topic in 1998 was popular because I had experience working with ghg emissions
inventories!). I have worked with the Earth Negotiations Bulletin for nearly 2 years,
and have attended not only the COPs and the SB meetings, but also a few UNFCCC
workshops, and IPCC meetings in this role. My MSc (in DEV) focussed on adaptation under
the UNFCCC as a tool for development, and my PhD (also in DEV) is examining adaptation
under the UNFCCC on different levels - the international (negotiations and development
agencies), national, and local (community case study).
Just a few more comments: The first step, as Suraje points out, is to get accreditation
for more Tyndall members to participate at the UNFCCC meetings. Suraje and I have been
attending these in various outfits (I have been there as a UNFCCC Secretariat staff
member on 3 occasions, and as a writer/editor for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin
consistently since I stopped working at the UNFCCC Secretariat, I believe Suraje also
has had various badges).
I feel that holding an "informational" side event at the June meetings in Bonn would be
a good first step. This side event would inform participants of Tyndall's presence, plus
would then identify for the public what we will hopefully have managed to do in this
working group - connect the issues that Tyndall is working on with the specific research
that is being demanded as a result of COP-7, and other decisions. We need to show where
we fit in, but this must be something concrete - and it would therefore be important to
already have discussed with the Secretariat, or with relevant Parties, to ensure support
(not financial) for Tyndall research.
I think we should also look at this in terms of how Tyndall links with UNFCCC can allow
both undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to participate at the
meetings. I think it is something you cannot imagine before you have participated, and
although the hours are long and the meetings sometimes painfully boring (am I allowed to
admit this!?), I think the contacts that are possible, the material that is sometimes
available for free, and the impressions from sitting in Plenary with NGOs booing the US
representative Paula Dobriansky as she gives her speech cannot be gained any other way.
I am afraid that I cannot contribute to any Tyndall events during the meetings as my
responsibility and required neutrality as an Earth Negotiations Bulletin writer does not
allow this. However, I am happy to stay behind the scenes of course, and very excited to
be in this working group!
I look forward to hearing other comments!
emma lisa schipper
School of Development Studies - - - Tyndall Centre for Climate Change
University of East Anglia
mobile +44 7855 462379