It has been another busy day at the
Today I heard talks from Secretary Salazar, the European Space Agency, and Conservation International. The European Space Agency, consisting of 18 member states, spoke about Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), 28 data collection variables used in climate modeling and prediction. There are efforts made to ensure data are collected consistently and following uniform standards across nations. In the same session, Jacqueline McClade, Executive Director of the European Environmental Agency, provided a well-articulated account of adaptations nations are already making, including
Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy convened a panel of experts on REDD+, which is discussed a lot. REDD+ is the program of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, essentially the program by which incentives are provided for tropical forest conservation. The details are being discussed and deliberated at the conference.
Last evening I attended a mini film festival and reception provided in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous peoples already experiencing the effects of climate change. The films were short clips featuring projects and interviews in various areas of the world ranging from the arctic to the tropics. It was a moving experience. Both events took place at the
Photo from the Welcoming Reception for NGOs at City Hall
Rainforest exhibit at the National Museum
US Ambassador to Denmark, Laurie S. Fulton, introduced Secretary SalazarUS Secretary for the Department of the Interior, Ken Salazar