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UNFCCC Workshop on technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention

24-25 October 2013
United Nations Campus “Altes Abgeordneten-Hochhaus”, Konferenzraum 2 (F-U-230)
Bonn, Germany

Mandate and objective

At SBSTA 37 (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/5 see para 50), the SBSTA requested the secretariat to organize a workshop, subject to the availability of financial resources, to be held by SBSTA 39, to consider information on the technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high - carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention, such as coastal marine ecosystems, in the context of wider mitigation and adaptation efforts.

SBSTA 38 recalled its conclusions regarding the organization of that workshop and took note of the views of Parties on the content of the workshop and requested the secretariat, in organizing that workshop, under the guidance of the Chair of the SBSTA, to take these views into account. It further requested the secretariat to prepare a report on the workshop, to be made available before SBSTA 40 (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/3, paragraph 70).

pdf-icon Preliminary Agenda (433 kB) (24 October 2013)

pdf-icon List of participants (249 kB)

Report of the workshop


Day 1: Thursday, 24th October
Session 1. Current Scientific and Technical Knowledge
Overview and global context
Corinne Le Quere, IPCC pdf-icon Global aspects of high carbon ecosystems (2475 kB)
Kiyoto Tanabe, IPCC pdf-icon Developments in IPCC: 2013 Supplement to the 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands (1359 kB)
High carbon content ecosystems and regional aspects
Cordula Epple, UNEP WCMC pdf-icon Overview - global patterns of carbon stocks (2914 kB)
Hilary Anne Kennedy, IPCC pdf-icon Vegetated coastal ecosystems in the IPCC wetlands supplement (2599 kB)
Neil Saintilan, Department of Environment and Heritage, Australia pdf-icon Ecology of coastal ecosystems (5252 kB)
Boone Kauffmann, Coalition for Rainforest Nations and Oregon State University pdf-icon Services, emissions and values of mangroves and their importance for inclusion in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies (8391 kB)
Carlos Duarte, Spanish National Research Council and University of Western Australia pdf-icon The role of seagrass in climate change mitigation and adaptation (2794 kB)
Stephen Crooks, Conservation International pdf-icon Contribution of tidal marshes to climate change mitigation and adaptation (5352 kB)
Daniel Murdiyarso, CIFOR pdf-icon Tropical Peat Forests (2822 kB)
Hugues Lantuit, EU-FP7 pdf-icon Permafrost (4981 kB)
Annette Freibauer, EU (Germany) pdf-icon Terrestrial wetlands in Europe: importance for greenhouse gases and mitigation; methodologies for monitoring (1337 kB)
Andrey Sirin, Russian Federation pdf-icon Terrestrial Ecosystems with high carbon content – Steppe, Peatlands and Tundra (3440 kB)
Wu Ning, ICIMOD pdf-icon High Altitude Ecosystems with High Carbon Reservoirs (2065 kB)
Chris Jones, IPCC pdf-icon Modelling the global carbon cycle (3555 kB)
Tiffany Troxler, IPCC pdf-icon Tier 1 methodology for each ecosystem in coastal wetlands in the Wetlands Supplement (1815 kB)
Mitsuru Osaki, Japan pdf-icon Estimating carbon fluxes and stocks through integrated monitoring in tropical peatland (5396 kB)
Andreas Heinemeyer, SEI pdf-icon Carbon stocks and fluxes: monitoring, measurements and modelling (3875 kB)
Day 2: Friday, 25th October
Session 2: Management of ecosystems in the mitigation and adaptation context
Fortunat Joos, IGBP pdf-icon Allowable carbon emissions lowered by multiple climate and ecosystem targets (1400 kB)
Cordula Epple, UNEP WCMC pdf-icon Managing ecosystems for multiple environmental services and biodiversity in the context of climate change (3173 kB)
Meine van Noordwijk, ICRAF pdf-icon Trees outside forest on the mitigation-adaptation interface (3561 kB)
Femke Tonneijck, Wetlands International pdf-icon Building with Nature Indonesia, Opportunities for CC adaptation & mitigation (3760 kB)
Emily Pidgeon, Conservation International pdf-icon Coastal marine ecosystems: Current conservation and restoration approaches (3455 kB)
Kirsten Isensee, IOC, UNESCO pdf-icon Anthropogenic impacts on wetlands and how to address them (2412 kB)
Tatiana Minayeva, Wetlands International pdf-icon Carbon rich ecosystems: restoration in the context of mitigation (5089 kB)
Sandra Duran, IAI pdf-icon Role of biodiversity for high C ecosystems (3972 kB)
Katrin Rehdanz, IGBP pdf-icon Socio-economic impacts of ocean acidification (485 kB)
Amjad Abdulla, Maldives pdf-icon Role of high carbon ecosystems in adaptation: National activities and experiences (1798 kB)
Amanda McCarty, United States of America pdf-icon Carbon in Coastal Ecosystems: U.S. Government Scientific and Technical Efforts (1184 kB)
Zainabu Shabani, United Republic of Tanzania pdf-icon Tanzania initiatives on coastal ecosystem management in the context of adaptation and mitigation (880 kB)
Session 3: Research Needs: Challenges and Opportunities
  Panel Discussion:
Technical and scientific needs for research (e.g. understanding ecosystems and their C services; reduce uncertainties) / Socio-economic (e.g. managing ecosystems for C sequestration and storage), discussion on suggestions and possible recommendations
Richard Muyungi, SBSTA Chair Chair’s summary and close




Submissions from Parties on the content of the workshop




Information for Participants
pdf-icon Information for participants (212 kB)
Background material

IPCC Working Group I assessment report, Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis
Accepted 26 September 2013

IPCC 2013 Supplement to the 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands (Wetlands Supplement) 
Accepted 18 October 2013

Nairobi work Programme: Technical workshop on ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change
21-23 March 2013
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Background material referenced by participants in the context of the workshop