Monthly Archives: November 2016

COP-22 Outcomes

” The 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP-22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has concluded its meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, with a range of decisions around implementing the Paris Agreement. Following the new global agreement last December, the threshold of signatories for it to enter into force was passed less than 12 months after being agreed and far earlier than expected. This has added pressure to quickly develop the necessary rules and procedures to support the Agreement.

Morocco saw meetings under the Convention, as well as the Kyoto Protocol, and for the first time, the Paris Agreement. The headline outcomes and announcements were:

  • Countries gave themselves two years to 2018 to agree rules and procedures for the Paris Agreement.
  • Technical work produced guidance and questions for work-plans, focusing on: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); a transparency framework; global stocktake; technology development and transfer; adaptation, and market and non-market approaches.
  • Countries agreed a five-year workplan on Loss and Damage.
  • Developed countries launched a roadmap to 2020 on reaching the agreed goal of $100bn per annum in climate finance for developing countries.
  • A statement of the need for action and countries’ will to act was agreed – the Marrakech Action Proclamation for Our Climate and Sustainable Development.
  • The Climate Vulnerable Forum, which is an international partnership of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet, committed to update their NDCs before 2020, prepare long-term low-emissions development strategies, and generate 100% of their energy from renewable sources as soon as possible.

Countries are now already looking to 2018 which is the next milestone in the process. There will be a facilitative dialogue that year, with inputs including an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report on the practicalities of a 1.5C temperature objective, as well as assessments of Parties collective progress pledges and views from Parties and stakeholders. That will lead to pressure for Parties to raise their level of Nationally Determined Contributions. The next two years are for Parties to agree the details of the dialogue and its inputs and the rules, such as on accounting that will allow a shared view and comparability between countries actions. ” – SOURCE:  IPIECA (the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues)

For more information about the conference visit the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website

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Climate Change Matters

Morocco is playing host to a massive international conference on Climate Change. From 7th – 18th November, representatives of the world’s nations will gather in Marrakesh for COP22 ( the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change).   The Conference hopes to create a roadmap for the vision expressed in Paris at last year’s conference. It aims to find ways to prevent and mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases and temperature change, especially to poor and vulnerable countries.   The King of Morocco and the Moroccan government and people are closely committed to helping find solutions both for Morocco and for the wider world. This conference has been eagerly awaited and various initiatives are being put in locally towns to emphasise its importance.

REEP’s initiatives in garden and environmental awareness are a tiny contribution to this commitment to mitigating climate change. We would like to pay tribute to the enthusiasm of our Moroccan partners and we look forward to future work together to address this pressing problem that we all face. More gardens, less environmental destruction!

For more information about the conference please visit

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