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Speaker: Deborah S Davenport, PhD, Specialist in International Forest and Climate Change Politics
Writer/Editor, Earth Negotiations Bulletin
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the premier global “boundary organization” established to bridge the gap between the scientific community that studies environmental degradation and the global policies that must be developed to address it. As such, the IPCC is a hybrid body whose political nature is as critical to its existence and influence as its scientific side. Drawing upon the authors’ unique access to closed IPCC negotiations and their experience as specialists in politics, law, and the social sciences, this paper examines the political process involved in the finalization of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and the significance of this process for the world’s forests in the context of climate change and more generally.
The co-authors, Deborah Davenport, Maria Gutiérrez, Elena Kosolapova, Leila Mead, Hugh S. Wilkins, and Yulia Yamineva, are of varied academic and/or legal backgrounds and are all current or former writers for Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service for international environment and development negotiations published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Collectively they have been covering IPCC negotiations since 2007.