RFF at COP-16

Resources for the Future at COP-16

Onsite at the 2010 UN climate negotiations in Cancun—and online at—Resources for the Future is keeping you connected to the latest developments in international climate diplomacy and providing the insight and analysis you need to understand what lies ahead.

Daily Blogging on Weathervane

WeathervaneUp-to-the-minute updates from RFF’s team in Cancun will deliver the context and clarity necessary to understand the nuances of international climate diplomacy. Subscribe to Weathervane’s RSS feed, follow us on Twitter, or become a Facebook fan for the latest news updates, photos and video from the conference. Postings from Cancun will include:

  • Daily roundups of conference developments and the latest COP coverage from other blogs and news sources.
  • Q&A segments with experts at the conference.
  • Guest bloggers writing in-depth pieces to explore key negotiating issues.
  • Key developments from conference side events.

Additionally, Weathervane will provide in-depth explorations of key negotiating issues like deforestation, adaptation, and climate financing. Supplementing RFF’s expertise on these issues will be experts drawn from all facets of climate policy development, analysis, and implementation.

RFF / IETA Side Event Series

For COP-16 RFF has teamed with the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) to offer a series of offsite side events. RFF is pleased to partner with IETA to offer an even richer platform of information on renewables and energy efficiency, climate finance, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and trade and competitiveness issues.

Find a full list of RFF / IETA events here.

Official Side Event:
Strategies for Low-Carbon Growth: Challenges and Opportunities in International Finance

As international financing becomes available in sufficient amounts to tackle climate change, the deployment of renewable energy in developing countries is likely to play an important role in global greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The renewable energy sector has made remarkable progress in refining core technologies and reducing the cost of generating clean power.  For developing countries, where demand for electricity is expected to rise dramatically in the coming decades, renewable energy could allow development goals to be met without a rise in worldwide emissions.

On Tuesday, December 7, RFF and the German Marshall Fund of the United States will convene a transatlantic panel of scholars, policymakers, and private-sector experts to discuss innovative options for how developed countries can meet and implement their Copenhagen finance commitments, with a particular focus on funding for renewable energy initiatives in developing countries.

Poster Session: The Forest Carbon Index

The Forest Carbon IndexIn a special poster session on Sunday, December 5, RFF will showcase the latest developments in its interactive online mapping tool. The Forest Carbon Index is an application for policymakers and investors that illustrates the potential geographic and economic outcomes of REDD and reforestation activities, which some claim can help cut global carbon emissions by up to 25 percent through an emerging market that could total $20 billion annually through 2020—particularly in targeted regions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

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RFF's COP-16 Delegation

Members of the media and interested parties are encouraged to contact Tiffany Clements at or +001 202-510-6939 to speak with any of RFF's onsite experts during the conference. More information about our researchers and their expertise can be found in RFF's Directory of Experts.


Philip Sharp

Dallas Burtraw

Carolyn Fischer

Raymond Kopp

Joshua Linn

Richard Morgenstern

Daniel Morris

Karen Palmer

Ian Parry

Nigel Purvis

Nathan Richardson