REDD+ in the draft Paris Agreement

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Date produced: 05/12/2015

How does Article 3bis of the draft agreement incorporate or build on previous work on REDD+ under the Convention?


Article 3 bis incorporates the relevant decisions related to REDD+ from prior COP decisions.

The reference in #1 of Article 3 bis makes reference to the decisions made in the Warsaw COP (i.e., 9/CO.19 to 15/CP.19).  These Warsaw decisions in turn refer to prior COP decisions that are relevant to REDD+ and were made in the COPs preceding the Warsaw COP.

The reference in #3 of Article 3 bis is the commonly used description of REDD+ that is consistent with prior COP decisions.

The references in Article 3 bis to the Joint Mitigation and Adaptation Mechanism (in #1 and # 4) refer to the Bolivian government’s submission of the same name that was made in 2012 to the UNFCCC. This mechanism would be a performance-based, non-market mechanism rather than a results-based mechanism that would make use of markets.