Voices from the Climate Change Meetings in Bangkok

Written by Matt Barrett on . Posted in Learn, The Wonk Room

As we video-blogged last weekend, country delegates met the first week in April in Bangkok, Thailand for 2011’s first round of United Nations-sponsored climate negotiations, which will culminate with the big annual conference — this year in Durban, South Africa — in December.

During the meetings, The Nature Conservancy caught up with one of the most respected voices in the international climate change policy community, Indonesia’s Agus Pornomo (Head of the Secretariat of Indonesia’s National Council on Climate Change), to learn more about what Indonesia is doing to combat carbon pollution and what they need the U.S. and the rest of the world to do to help ensure success in creating a global low-carbon future.

Check out our 2-minute interview with Agus Pornomo above.

In addition, we caught up with our very own James Hardcastle, the Conservancy’s senior policy advisor for the Asia Pacific Region. James attended the Bangkok meetings to focus on discussions about ecosystem-based adaptation – the practice of using natural conservation strategies to help keep people and nature healthy and safe in the face of climate impacts that we’re already feeling.

Here’s James talking about how the Conservancy is helping to advance climate adaptation:

Finally, we also spoke with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, an indigenous person in the Philippines and Founder and Executive Director of Tebtebba Foundation, the Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education.

In the 2-minute video below, Victoria talks about how important it is for the United States to maintain its international climate investments so that indigenous people in the Philippines and all over the world can help tackle the climate change challenge — particularly when it comes to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD).

Matt Barrett is marketing manager for climate change at The Nature Conservancy

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