The 17th Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa

This conference took place Nov 28 – Dec 9, 2011. At the UNFCCC's 17th Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, governments from every country on Earth had an opportunity to build on the Cancun Agreements and make progress towards a comprehensive global climate agreement.


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Our role

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. Our climate work helps to ensure that participating world leaders and a diverse group of stakeholders have the best possible information and tools to inform their decisions.

In Durban, national delegations were joined by indigenous groups, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and other decision-makers. CI staff members working in nearly 15 countries participated 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.


The conference closed with an agreement on critical issues, including:

  • the extension of the Kyoto Protocol, the only existing emissions reduction mechanism
  • the establishment of a Green Climate Fund to provide finance to developing nations
  • standards for REDD+ in which developing countries are compensated for keeping forests standing, thereby reducing emissions caused by deforestation
  • the creation of a Durban Platform for pursuing a comprehensive climate agreement in 2015, including all nations in the global effort to address the climate crisis.

Read more: CI's statement on the outcome of COP17

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    CI delegation

    Agus Suratno, CI-Indonesia
    Agustin Silvani, Ecosystems Finance Division
    Angela Andrade, CI-Colombia/IUCN
    Artur Pavia, CI-Brazil
    Benoit Kisuki, CI-Central Africa
    Candido Pastor, CI-Bolivia
    Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Center for Conservation and Government
    Claudio Schneider, CI-Peru
    Eva Garen, Science and Knowledge 
    Frank Hawkins, Africa and Madagascar Division 
    Fred Boltz, Global Initiatives
    Haja Rasambainarivo, IT
    Helena Pavese, CI-Brazil 
    Jean-Philippe Palasi, CI-EU
    Jennifer Morris, Ecosystem Finance and Markets
    Joanna Durbin, Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance
    Johnson Cerda, Center for Conservation and Government
    Jonah Busch, Science and Knowledge
    Kana Yamashita, CI-Japan
    Katrin Olson, CELB
    Kim McCabe, Global Marketing + Communications
    Mario Chacon, Science and Knowledge 
    Milagros Sandoval, CI-Peru
    Niels Crone, Chief Operating Officer 
    Peter Seligmann, Chief Executive Officer
    Preeya Rampersaud, CI-Guyana
    Radhika Dave, Science and Knowledge 
    Rebecca Chacko, Center for Conservation & Government
    Ricardo Ulate, CI-Costa Rica
    Russ Mittermeier, President
    Sarah Frazee, Conservation South Africa 
    Sarshen Marais, Conservation South Africa
    Steve Panfil, Science and Knowledge

    Related documents


    SBSTA Submission on REDD+ (PDF - 162 KB)
    Views on new market-based mechanisms: Using markets for the full implementation of REDD+ (PDF - 240 KB) (日本語 | en Español | en Français
    Setting reference levels for REDD+: some guidelines and principles (PDF - 131 KB)
    Recommendations for forest carbon measuring, monitoring, reporting, and verifying guidance for REDD+ (PDF - 110KB) (en Français | 日本語 | en Español)


    Adaptation Policy Brief (PDF - 424 KB)

    Nairobi Work Program Submissions

    Cambodia (PDF - 255 KB)
    Colombia (PDF - 462 KB)
    IKI (Brazil, Philippines, South Africa) (PDF - 420 KB)
    Madagascar (PDF - 408 KB)


    Green Climate Fund:

    Policy Recommendations (PDF - 36 KB) (en Français | en Español
    Policy Background (PDF - 464 KB) (en Français | en Español)

    Policy Background: Sources of International Climate Finance (PDF - 904 KB)

    Scientific Publications

    Climate Change: Helping Nature Survive the Human Response
    Stabilizing the agricultural frontier: Leveraging REDD with biofuels for sustainable development
    Deforestation and CO2 Emissions in Coastal Tanzania from 1990 to 2007

    CCBA Publications

    REDD+ Social & Evironmental Standards (PDF - 370 KB); Español | Français | Português
    CCB Standards (PDF - 370 KB); Español | Français | Português | Chinese | Japanese | Vietnamese
    CCB Standards Factsheet (PDF - 615 KB)

    Other Publications

    CI Climate Strategy (PDF - 572 KB)
    CI Climate Change Initiative FY11 Report (PDF - 716 KB)
    REDD+ Lessons Learned (PDF - 1.78 MB)
    Climate Change & the Role of Forests: A Community Manual (PDF - 21.8 MB)
    Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Terrestrial, Marine and Coastal Regions (PDF - 2.6 KB)