A major element towards success is accountability -- making sure governments and the private sector play their part. Asia Pulp &Paper is advocating "putting a price on nature." This will encourage private sector involvement. Businesses need to be economically invested in the survival and protection of our landscapes.
On Thursday I arrived at the Action COP. That's the name COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco earned as the meeting to follow the historic passing of the Paris Agreement and its entry into force earlier this month. Here are just a few of the key areas BCCIC is keeping an eye on while in Marrakech to measure progress.
Here are some of the things that need to be worked out before the Paris Agreement's ambitious goals can be met.
We cannot spend tens of millions of dollars promoting a low carbon future while also spending tens of millions promoting extractives. With the Agreement in full force, Canada can pivot its approach to international assistance to reflect real policy coherence. We need to support small-scale, decentralized clean energy programs that promote pro-poor, gender sensitive projects.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to pull back from his confrontational approach to negotiating a climate change agreement with the provinces. Instead of using the threat of unilaterally ratifying the Paris Agreement as a blunt instrument, the government should come up with a new plan involving proportionality.
Canada has spotty record keeping carbon-cutting promises.
As the eyes of the world move away from the medals table in Rio, for those of us in the sustainability business our focus shifts to Honolulu for the World Conservation Congress. Like the Olympics this is a big deal. Meeting once every four years, it is hosted by an affiliate of the UN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Documents show McKenna's department paid a French photojournalist nearly $11,000 to take pictures of the minister and her staff during the COP21 conference.
The agreement will enter into force once 55 countries representing at least 55 per cent of global emissions have formally joined it.