BONN CLIMATE TALKS PRODUCE REDD+ AGREEMENT
Negotiators settled on a draft agreement of the REDD+ forest conservation plan during United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany, in mid-June. Key issues hammered out in Bonn include reporting requirements for forested countries, payments for non-carbon benefits of forest protection, and the use of non-market mechanisms for REDD+ payments. While some critics worry that unresolved financing issues will still prohibit implementation, many observers are now hopeful the unexpected agreement will play an important role at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year. The agreement was made in time for countries to include the plan in their intended contributions. For the full story, see http://print.news.mongabay.com/2015/0616-gaworecki-redd-breakthrough-paris-talks.html.