25 & 28 November 2013 ; 2-3 December 2013
UNEP's DELC organised two workshops in Bangkok, Thailand to highlight key legal issues governments may need to engage with in implementing measures designed to combat climate change. The workshops focused specifically on measures designed to adapt to the effects of climate change, and those aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD). Organised by Robert Ondhowe, these are the first two of a series of workshops scheduled to be held in all regions, with the next ones slated for 2014 in Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa and Latin America.
Of particular interest was the focus on various socio-economic sectors such as water resources, land use, tourism and culture, agriculture, health, energy , mining, culture and heritage, as well as finance and planning. Participants were senior government officials drawn from the legal offices, as well as climate change departments of 23 countries across South Asia and the the desert countries of West Asia. Experts in law, Lal Kurukurusuriya and Nalin Abeyesekere walked participants through the possible legal formulations that may provide the basis for instituting measures to ameliorate and mitigate against the effects of climate change. UNEP's Thomas Enters provided very insightful background analysis on the key components of REDD.