In the coming days the Indian negotiators are having a tough time juggling between various meetings and keeping abreast with the media chasing them. But the most important events coming up are:

  1. 22nd to 24th Sept: An International  technology transfer conference organised in Delhi for key negotiators to come to consensus about financial mechanisms and funds coming in from annex 1 countries and come to some sort of a bargaining on technology transfer.
  2. GEF meeting in New York: The Global Economies meeting in New York will be well attended by the Indian delegation who will be lead by Shyam Saran. R R Rashmi the Joint Secretary to the Environment and Forest Ministry will also be seen next to a representative from the External Affairs Ministry.

Kudos to my small little team in Shri Ram College of Commerce which will help me reach out to a greater audience and liase with journalists and vernacular media at a touch of a button!

We will be basing our outreach on the following , so you all will get to hear about us more!:

  1. Informing a network of NGOs whoch work related to combating climate change
  2. Pushing for the blog posts to be translated in local languages and read out in radio news programmes and in vernacular media .
  3. Engaging with youth networks through IYCN, YP and college unions across the country.
  4. Local media and national TV partners.

We hope this time the people who really need to know have access to the relevant information!

Jai Ram Ramesh has briefly stated what the Indian Stance will revolve around for the Bangkok as well as the Copenhagen negotiations. The thrust will lie with the following three points:

  1. REDD : We want to be given benefits for conserving our forests and reforestation activities. We can successfully mitigate 11% of greenhouse gases with the help of the great carbon sinks we have across the country. Apart from that we plan to step up afforestationa nd reforestation activities. States doing well in this regard will be given added incentives.
  2. CDM: We would like the CDM to continue post 2012 since it has really done well in India. By statistics we have 31% of the CDM projects registered officially from India . Given the success we would like to expand it further in the coming years.
  3. TECH TRANSFER: We expect technology transfer and financial transfers from the annex 1 countries to aid us in shifting to a low carbon economy. Being a developing country we do not have the financial resources to put binding commitments on reduction of GHGs.

All said and done, we want to know what would happen if India and China do not take any binding commitments and the annex 1 do not commit either? What would happen if we are not able to meet the agreement in Copenhagen?
In that case, we will just have to start mitigating faster , we will protect those who are vulnerable and try and switch a low carbon economy as soon as possible. We will definitely have to push up out adaptation programmes and get ready for stronger effects of climate change yet to come.