COP tongue twisters

Acronym overload at Copenhagen

Four days into COP and I am beginning to feel somewhat language challenged.  A sample conversation between two COP participants in the Copenhagen metro today. “I am going to yengo. And you?” Reply: “Lulucef’.

When I left Delhi to come here, there were the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). By the time I arrived in Copenhagen, they had turned into BASICs. Still the same group, I gather.

At first it was easier to follow, with COP (conference of parties) and a  MOP (meeting of parties) under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework on Climate Change).

Now into COP-15, one sees delegates rushing off to AWG-KP and AWG-LCA. Those are two negotiating tracks set up in COP-13 in Bali —  (ad hoc working group-Kyoto protocol and ad hoc working group long term cooperation action).

Besides BRICS/BASICS, there are LDCs (least developed countries), SIDS (small island developing states); JUSCANZ  (Japan, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand);  and CACAM (Central Asia, the Caucuses, Albania and Moldova).

And business and industry NGOs (BINGOs); environmental NGOs (ENGOs); indigenous peoples organisations (IPOs); local governments and municipal authorities (LGMAs); research and independent NGOs (RINGOs);  trade union NGOs (TUNGOs); women’s environmental and development organisations (WEDOs); and youth environmental NGOs (YENGOs).

Issues range from CDM (clean development mechanism),  JI (joint implementation) and ET (emission trading);  REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) and now REDD + which involves  compensation for their greening efforts. And an expert told me REDD is SDM + PES (sustainable forest management plus payment of environmental services).

And LULUCF? Land use, land use change and forestry.

T V Padma, South Asia regional coordinator, SciDev.Net

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