At this official COP17 side event, Fair Climate Networks in India and Africa and Fairtrade Africa joined forces to explore how climate finance could and should work for the sustainable development of poor communities and farmers in developing countries.
These groups are most affected by climate change, but are least likely to benefit from finance instruments. Fairtrade prioritizes adaptation in the agricultural value chain. ICCO establishes Fair Climate Networks that start pro-poor carbon projects in developing countries, to make the carbon market work for sustainable development of poor communities.
Together, ICCO and Fairtrade are conducting a feasibility study to develop instruments that make the carbon market more fair. After the initial presentations, the panel and the audience, which consisted of more than 80 people, engaged in a fruitful discussion about fairness in climate and carbon finance.
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Presentations can be donwloaded on the UNFCCC website:
The panel, from left to right: Carlos Vargas (COOPETRABASUR), Carlos Canales (Fairtrade), Wim Hart (ICCO), Rob Cameron (Fairtrade), Jaap de Jong (Fair Climate Network Southern Africa), Toby Quantrill (Fairtrade), Essam Y. Mohammed (moderator).