UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa speaks at U.N. climate talks in Marrakech, November 7, 2016.

Paris Agreement Enters into Force; COP22 Climate Talks Kick Off in Marrakech

By Climatelinks

Christian Science Monitor (11/6) reported that the Paris Agreement officially entered into force last week and outlined what negotiators hope to achieve at the COP22 U.N. climate conference now underway in Marrakech, Morocco. Experts anticipate the talks will focus on transparency and accountability rules, climate finance and pushing for faster global climate action. 

The Council on Foreign Relations (11/2) published an expert brief on what to watch for at the climate talks in Marrakech. 
The Washington Post (11/3) said a new report on the emissions gap from the U.N. Environment Programme finds that current global pledges have little chance of attaining the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. 
The Guardian (11/7) said Morocco formally launched its “Adaptation of African Agriculture” initiative at COP22. The initiative proposes measures that will help Africa’s small-scale farmers adapt to climate change. 
Yale Environment 360 (11/3) explored a rapidly spreading carbon sequestration and coastal conservation approach where multinational companies invest in mangrove restoration and other wetlands in developing countries, such as Senegal, and concerns about impacts these programs have on local livelihoods. 
Devex (10/28) reported that forest carbon finance, the funding of initiatives designed to reduce deforestation, plant new trees and promote carbon-conscious land management, is not working in international markets, according to the latest State of Forest Carbon Finance report
Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Mitigation
Adaptation, Emissions, Climate Policy, Coastal, Forestry, Mitigation
Africa, Global



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