Bonn climate talks tackle emissions verification stumbling block

A compromise involving joint, international analysis of reported emission reductions is now on the table, providing draft text that could be decided at the next round of climate talks later this year in Warsaw. CIFOR/Marco Simola

A compromise involving joint, international analysis of reported emission reductions is now on the table, providing draft text that could be decided at the next round of climate talks later this year in Warsaw. CIFOR/Marco Simola

Negotiators at Bonn climate talks have whittled away at controversial policy details related to verifying carbon emissions, paving the way for major progress on REDD+ at the U.N. climate summit in Warsaw in November.

Debates over verification under REDD+ – a U.N.-backed framework for reducing emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation – stalled during international climate change negotiations in Doha, Qatar, last year.

Disagreement arose over whether emissions reductions claimed by countries should be verified by an independent international body or by individual countries. Since actions to reduce emissions in developing countries are voluntary, several countries argued that emissions reductions did not require independent verification.

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