Institute to Participate in Durban Climate Talks

Institute to Participate in Durban Climate Talks

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Erin McKenzie


DURHAM, N.C.—Political leaders,
scientists and policy makers from more than 190 nations will gather in Durban, South
Africa, this week with the goal of developing a binding international climate
change agreement.

In their midst: Brian Murray.

As director for economic analysis at the Nicholas
Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Murray will represent the
Institute at the meeting—officially known as the 17th Conference of the Parties
(COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In Durban, Murray is scheduled to participate in
a variety of
events and educational activities
concerning climate change. Among those include:

  • Dec. 3: Murray will share background on blue carbon, or conserving
    carbon in coastal habitats for climate mitigation
    , as well as findings from
    the Institute’s work on the topic at Oceans Day—intended
    to highlight the
    direct link between climate
    change, the health of the oceans and human well-being. This will include three
    previous studies and a newly released piece
    blue carbon finance.
  • Dec. 3: Agriculture and World Development Day, Ritson Campus, Durban University of Technology. Murray will attend
    activities and inform attendees about the Institute’s agriculturally focused
  • Dec 4: Forest Day.
    Day 5 will seek to inform the UNFCCC global agenda and forest stakeholders on
    ways to implement an international funding mechanism for reduced emissions from
    deforestation forest degradation that produces social and environmental
    benefits, above and beyond avoided emissions (REDD+). At Forest Day, Murray
    will share work on forest carbon project risks that the
    Institute is performing for the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Unit.
  • Dec.

    The Institute and Evolution Markets will host an
    invitation-only reception for business, government and non-government officials
    interested in carbon market finance
  • Dec.

    Managing Coastal Ecosystems for Climate Mitigation, Climate Change Response
    Expo, Rio Conventions Pavilion, 10-11:30 a.m. The session
    will discuss policy options for blue carbon.

The climate talks run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 9.

Follow Murray’s perspective on the talks through
National Journal’s Energy &
Environment Expert blog
. Nicholas Institute graduate assistant, Marta Darby, will
also be blogging on
The Water Log.

For more information on COP17, visit