The 16th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC

In Cancun, we have an opportunity to address one of the greatest challenges our world faces today in a way that acknowledges the important role that ecosystems can play in mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts.
Cancun, Mexico: Nov 29-Dec 10, 2010

Unless we take immediate action against climate change, people, ecosystems and all life on Earth face irreversible harm.

At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 16th Conference of the Parties in Cancun, Mexico, the world’s nations have a key opportunity to advance the negotiations toward a post-2012 global climate agreement.

The UNFCCC convenes national governments to decide on the policies and actions that must be taken in order to fight climate change. Because climate change is a global challenge, climate solutions will not be possible without decisive actions by this group (which includes all of the countries of the world) to facilitate a coordinated, international approach. CI is helping to ensure that participating world leaders have the best possible information and tools to inform their decisions.

Our Climate Solutions

Building on a solid foundation of climate science, field work and policy engagement, CI is working with governments in pursuit of an ambitious global climate agreement, emphasizing the role that natural ecosystems can play in dramatically cutting emissions and preserving the adaptive potential of our biosphere.

CI's climate work pursues five natural solutions.

Our Goals for COP16

At last year's UNFCCC meeting in Copenhagen, world leaders failed to create a legally binding framework for nations to address climate change. Some countries did, however, make important commitments in Copenhagen to take mitigation and adaptation actions, and to support those actions in developing countries in the short term; it is now time to design a long-term climate solution. COP16 provides a critical opportunity to advance the work that was left undone in Copenhagen.

At the Cancun meeting, delegations from 196 countries will be joined by indigenous groups, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and other decision-makers. CI staff members working in nearly 20 countries will participate in the meeting as both national representatives and observers to inform and advise governments and key stakeholders on important issues based on our field experience and scientific and policy expertise.

We hope to support the political process and development of policies in Cancun in order to achieve these main goals:

  • Advancement of UNFCCC negotiations and agreement on a timeline that puts the world on track for comprehensive post-2012 climate agreement(s).
  • A detailed REDD+ decision that, among other things: includes social and environmental safeguards and activities beyond deforestation and forest degradation; secures adequate and sustainable financing; and initiates a process to establish clear guidelines on reference levels and Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV).
  • A detailed adaptation decision that includes a framework for adaptation action and support for community and ecosystem-based adaptation solutions.
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CI & Partner Events »

Press Releases

December 2, 2010 0
"Blue Carbon" – Buried Treasure for Climate and Communities

November 29, 2010
REDD+: A Win-Win for Climate and Biodiversity

August 6, 2010
Saving the World from the Human Response to Climate Change

July 22, 2010
Conservation International CEO Reacts to U.S. Climate Legislation

May 27, 2010
Major Step Forward in Global Efforts to Tackle Climate Change

April 16, 2010
New Forest Carbon Project is the "Swiss Army Knife" of Conservation

April 15, 2010
On a 'Tipping Point' of Climate Change, Africa Needs the U.S. to Lead

Experts at COP 16

Fred Boltz
Senior Vice President for Global Strategies and Climate Change Lead

Talk to me about: climate change, adaption and mitigation, payment for ecosystem services, REDD, economics, sustainable development
Languages: English, French, Spanish

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez
Vice President for International Policy

Talk to me about: expert on REDD+ Policy, Institutions and Markets
Languages: English, Spanish

Rebecca (Becky) Chacko
Director of Climate Policy

Talk to me about: international climate policy, UNFCCC, REDD, market mechanisms
Languages: English, Spanish

Manuel Oliva
Director, U.S. Climate Policy

Talk to me about: U.S. Climate Policy
Languages: English, Spanish

Richardo Ulate
Regional Climate Change Advisor, Mexico and Central America Field Division

Talk to me about: REDD, international climate policy
Languages: English, Spanish

Hannah Campbell
Senior Manager for Climate Adaptation and Communities

Talk to me about: climate change adaptation policy and strategies, role of ecosystems in helping people adapt to climate change, building capacity and stakeholder engagement for indigenous peoples and local communities in adaptation efforts
Languages: English, French

Juan Carlos Franco Guillen
Climate Change Coordinator, CI-Mexico

Talk to me about: sub-national climate change readiness, GHG inventories, REDD+ readiness, CDM projects
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Johnson Cerda
Indigenous Advisor, Indigenous and Traditional Peoples

Talk to me about: indigenous issues, rural communities, Global Indigenous Caucus on Climate Change, Latin American indigenous peoples
Languages: English, Spanish

Paulo Gustavo Prado
Environmental Policy Director

Talk to me about: REDD+ Projects, environmental services, low carbon agriculture, sustainable development projects and Brazil environmental policy
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, English, Italian


VIDEO: Signs of the Times: Climate Change and the Verde Island Passage (07:34)
VIDEO: Lost There, Felt Here (01:29)
VIDEO: CI's New Mission & Logo (05:17)


The Climate Change Action Program for the State of Chiapas (PACCCH) is a collaborative initiative that aims to establish a state-wide framework for tackling climate change. It is one of the first plans worldwide that integrates activities that mitigate, or reduce, greenhouse gas emissions with activities that help people and ecosystems adapt to the environmental changes that have already been set in motion by a changing climate. Learn more...
Managed by Ecuador's Ministry of Environment, Socio Bosque offers individuals and indigenous communities economic incentives to conserve their forests. Over a 20-year period, the program will pay landowners every year for each hectare they protect. The beneficiaries are also required to develop a social investment plan which outlines how they will use these funds, which can be invested in activities such as agro-forestry, ecotourism and local capacity-building. Learn more...
Traditional shade-grown coffee helps maintain habitat for birds and other animals. However, environmental conditions threaten to wipe out a generations-old way of life. Coffee lands are producing smaller yields every year, partially in response to changes in weather conditions due to climate change. Read more...

Interested in speaking with a CI Expert? Please contact our media team.

CI Delegation

Agustin Silvani, Ecosystems Finance Division
Angel Parra, Science + Knowledge
Angela Andrade, CI-Colombia/IUCN
Aya Uraguchi, CI-Japan
Benoit Kisuki, CI-Central Africa
Candido Pastor, CI-Bolivia
Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Center for Conservation & Government & Costa Rica
Carlos Rodriguez, CI-Guatemala
Carolyn Hicks, Center for Conservation & Government
Darcy Smith, Center for Conservation & Government
Dave Hole, Science + Knowledge
Emily Pidgeon, Global Marine Division
Fred Boltz, Global Initiatives
Haja Rasambainarivo, IT
Hannah Campbell, Center for Conservation & Government
Jatna Supriatna, CI-Indonesia
Jean-Philippe Palasi, CI-EU
Jennifer McCullough, Center for Conservation & Government
Joanna Durbin, Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance
Johnson Cerda, Center for Conservation & Government
Jonah Busch, Science + Knowledge
Juan Franco, CI-Mexico
Kana Yamashita, CI-Japan
Katrin Olson, CELB
Kim McCabe, Global Marketing + Communications
Manuel Oliva, Center for Conservation & Government
Milagros Sandoval, CI-Peru
Muhammad Farid, CI-Indonesia
Olaf Zerbock, Science + Knowledge
Patricia Yakabe Malentaqui, Global Marketing + Communications
Patrick Manu, IT
Paulo Gustavo Prado Pereira, CI-Brazil
Peter Seligmann, Chief Executive Officer
Preeya Rampersaud, CI-Guyana
Rebecca Chacko, Center for Conservation & Government
Reggy Nelson, CI-Suriname
Ricardo Ulate, CI-Costa Rica
Romeo Trono, CI-Philippines
Rowena Boquiren, CI-Philippines
Russ Mittermeier, President
Tatiana Ramos, CI-Mexico
Toby Janson-Smith, CELB
William Candela, Global Marketing + Communications
Yatziri Zepeda, CI-Mexico

CI and Partner Events


Applying safeguards and enhancing co-benefits in Ecuador, and REDD+ Social & Environmental Standards
Co-hosted by Government of Ecuador, CARE and CCBA, this event will provide an overview of progress and challenges in applying safeguards and enhancing multiple benefits in Ecuador's national REDD+ strategy and use of the REDD+ Social & Environmental Standards in Ecuador, and in Indonesia and Brazil.

  • Overview of the REDD+ Social & Environmental Standards Initiative
  • Development of Ecuador’s national REDD+ strategy
  • Ensuring effective social and environmental safeguards and enhancing multiple benefits in Ecuador’s national REDD strategy
  • Use of REDD+ Social & Environmental Standards in Acre, Brazil
  • Use of REDD+ Social & Environmental Standards in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Ecuador Government, CARE, CCBA
Time: 18:30-20:00
Location: Cancun Messe, Mamey


Blue Carbon: Valuing CO2 mitigation by coastal marine systems
Coastal marine ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses and salt marshes, sequester carbon up to 50 times the rate observed in terrestrial systems. This session details the importance of these systems and the opportunities for valuing this unaccounted contribution to climate change mitigation.
Conservation International
CI Presenter: Dr. Emily Pidgeon
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Location: Cancun Messe, Jaguar

Achieving scale in REDD+ finance through innovation and public-private partnership
The deployment of early stage private capital for REDD+ finance alongside fast-start public sector pledges is required immediately to preserve our chance of achieving meaningful reductions in deforestation and unsustainable land-use by 2020. The piloting of scalable, results-based approaches that employ strategic Public-Private Partnerships and which demonstrate models that are socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically viable could catalyse the private sector and build capacity across the full spectrum of stakeholders. An expert panel will discuss the importance and utility of such an approach, and propose specific initiatives that would leverage additional investment flows into REDD+ activities.
Invitiation only.
BNP Paribas Environmental Markets
CI Panelist: Agustin Silvani
Time: 17:15 – 18:30
Location: Orozco 1 Meeting Room, Westin Resort & Spa


Forests and Climate Change: Ecuador’s Socio Bosque program
Featuring in the Panel Discussion: “Incentives to reduce deforestation, lessons from Costa Rica, Mexico and Ecuador”

CI Panelist: Carlos Manuel Rodríguez
Time: 11:00 – 13:31
Location: Mexico’s Pavilion, at the Official COP Site in Cancunmesse

A Guide to learning about Livelihood Impacts of REDD+ Projects
Presentation of a resource for REDD+ stakeholders to undertake rigorous evaluation of the social welfare impacts of REDD+ projects. Learn more...
Time: 19:00-21:00
Location: Tulum Ballroom, Presidente Intercontinental Hotel

Abya Yala Indigenous Forum on Climate Change, Indigenous peoples, REDD+ & FPIC
This event will highlight perspectives from members of the Abya Yala Indigenous Forum on Climate Change on issues related to climate change, specifically REDD+, indigenous protocol for consultation processes and free prior and informed consent (FPIC), land rights, and governance.
Asociacion AK Tenamit (AAT)
Time: 20:15 – 21:45
Location: Cancun Messe, Mamey


Under which conditions are REDD+ projects feasible?
ONFi invited CI, through Fred, to participate in side event called "Under which conditions are REDD+ projects feasible? The side event will gather return of experience and insights of REDD+ project developers, public and private banks, tropical country DNA on the key components to raise REDD+ projects off the ground. It will especially highlight the main risks and key factor of success to assess the feasibility of REDD+ projects. The side event will also launch, present and distribute a new publication entitled “REDD+ at the project scale: assessment and development guide” elaborated by ONF International with the support of AFD, FFEM and CEPAL."
ONF International
CI Speaker: Milagros Sandoval (CI-Peru)
Time:15:30 - 17:30
Location: TBD


Development and Climate Days
Development and Climate Days is an annual event held during the UNFCCC Conference of Parties and organized by IIED in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Regional and International Networking Group (RING). These two day events involve formal presentations of work on adaptation to climate change, and climate change as a development challenge. It also creates a platform of networking, provides opportunities to disseminate relevant literature and reports, and to showcase videos of community based adaptation innovative work. It will be Saturday and Sunday, Dec 4-5.
CI has two films that have been chosen to be played during the D&C days film festival:

  • "Hudyat: climate change in the Verde Island Passage, Philippines" playing Sunday, Dec. 5th during the 11 am- 12:30 pm session and introduced by Rowie Boquiren from CI’s Philippines office.
  • "Responsible Coffee Practices: Plant + Protect" playing Saturday, Dec. 4th during the 9 am-11:30 am session and introduced by Yatziri Zepeda from CI’s Mexico office.
Must registar to attend. Time: All Day
Location: Cancun Center, Conventions and Exhibitions


Forest Day: Delivering multiple environmental and social benefits of REDD+
Get the official program schedule for Forest Day. You must registar through the Forest Day oragnizers to attend.
Time: All Day
Location: Cancun Center, Conventions and Exhibitions

Forest Day Learning Event: Optimising multiple environmental and social benefits of sustainable forest management and REDD-plus
Learn more about this event.
CCBA Panellist: Joanna Durbin
Time: 14:30-16:00
Location: Isla Mujeres


REDD-plus? Should we proceed or not?
As high-level negotiations resume once again in Cancun, Mexico after the disappointing outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in 2009, expectations and the political pressure to finalize a global deal on climate change seemed to have eased off. Instead all eyes are on Parties to deliver, at the least, a “balanced set of decisions” to activate action and implement key areas where some agreements have already been reached.

Since 2009, REDD-plus has been seen as “oven-ready” by Parties and by several stakeholders, enough to have triggered massive international and national efforts towards formulating REDD-plus strategies and related activities. Excitement over a possible Cancun decision on REDD-plus which, short of a full mechanism, at the least officially translates concepts to actions for REDD Readiness Phase.

Given these, questions remain: What are the actual prospects and implications of a REDD-plus decision on REDD-plus efforts across developing countries? How would such a decision impact on National REDD-plus Strategies? What do REDD-plus experiences and lessons from countries like the Philippines show the global community? Who will be the key players? How does the international community maintain momentum to finalize a full-fledged REDD-plus mechanism?
Time: 18:00
Location: Be Live Hotel

Freshwater: The Essence of Life - Book Launch
Invitation only
Time: 19:00
Location: Palace Ballroom, Cancun Palace Resort Hotel

Tuesday, December 7

Resources for the Future Side Events, Co-Sponsored sessions with International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
Resources for the Future (RFF), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
CI Panelists: Fred Boltz & Jonah Busch
Location: Westin Hotel and Spa, Siqueiros Room

Morning Session: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)
Panel 1 – Waiting for the Market: The State of REDD Financing

Deforestation represents one of the most immediate and impactful ways to reduce global GHG emissions. Despite some progress in the UNFCCC negotiations and general agreement on the importance of deforestation, it will still be many years before a robust REDD market that utilizes both public and private funding sources is functional. In the meantime, some developed countries and organizations are currently stepping up with financing to help build capacity and improve readiness in nations with tropical forests. As prospects for an international market remain uncertain, current financing efforts will continue to define demand for REDD projects and new initiatives will have to develop if REDD is meant to be a long-term climate solution. This panel will look at the state of REDD financing now and what shape financing mechanisms will take over the next decade.
CI Panelist: Fred Boltz
Time: 9:00 – 10:15

Panel 2 – Finding Forest Carbon: Estimating and Tracking REDD Supply
As policymakers continue to develop mechanisms to reduce deforestation in tropical countries, they will need tools to help them visualize and track the interactions among forestry, land use, and economics. A suite of flexible tools already exist that can serve a useful role in guiding REDD decisions. While forest carbon supply tools were designed to help inform the generation of international carbon markets, they can still provide critical insights for the deployment of public and private funds aimed at capacity building and readiness. They may also highlight areas of special concern for leakage and assist in monitoring and verification practices. How accurate can these tools be and what are their major strengths and limitations? What data is needed to properly inform the tools? This panel will answer these questions by showcase some of the most innovative forest carbon supply tools currently available, as well as define the role for models in the international REDD process.
CI Panelist: Jonah Busch
Time: 10:30 – 11:45

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