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  • Past the finishing line 9th and final blog from COP 22 The marathon is over and I am now back in France having had a chance to sleep, draw breath and reflect on a remarkable COP. Why remarkable? Because having never had an official side event at the conference centre at previous COPs we managed no less than 4 in Marrakech. In Durban we held one ...
  • A fond farewell to Marrakech 8th Blog from COP 22 So it is almost over. Geoff and I packed up the display in the stand this afternoon but not before we had both had an interesting morning at our various side events and through networking. My morning started with an update from the UNFCCC Secretariat and then over to the Green Zone to the British Embassy ...
  • Moonshine! 7th Blog from Marrakech Two nights ago we were watching a super-super moon where the moon appeared bigger and brighter than for many years. And it will be many years before it happens again. This morning we had a little more moonshine in the form of Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing UN Secretary General. It was his last appearance at the ...
  • Inspirational or what ? Blog 6 from COP 22 The man who has given his all to defend the world from the effects of climate change spoke inspirationally this morning to an audience of at least 800. John Kerry, Secretary of State for the US Government, gave a hugely uplifting speech on the state of play with climate change despite there being absolutely no ...
  • How time flies when you are enjoying yourself! The 5th blog from Marrakech As usual it is quite hard to know exactly what is going on at the high level talks except for what one can glean from websites, the daily bulletin and so on but it is also necessary to find the time to read them! The first week has rushed by and we are already into ...
  • COP 22 UPDATE Nov 12, 2016 – The age of new cultures – Poken I had heard of Pokemon before I arrived here but never of Poken. Every booth and side event hall in the Blue zone is equipped with a small table-top tile and every delegate is given a hand shaped USB key which, on touching the tile, lights green indicating that it has downloaded all the information ...
  • The TRUMPet shall sound! Well, well just like Brexit –all against the odds! And his statement regarding climate change has sent a chill through the corridors of the Green and Blue Zones here in Marrakech. See this for example: So do we all pack up and go home – absolutely not. The determination to resist his statement is palpable. So from ...
  • COP 22 The first steps of the marathon An encouraging start to what is going to be a busy programme. The only downside was the rain which had come down in torrents all night and continued through the first half of the morning ruining my ambition to do the walk each day and forcing me to take a taxi to the Centre instead. ...
  • The Eve of COP 22 – the elephant in the room! Well what a build-up it has been preparing the ground for what could be the loudest ‘voice’ INTO has yet had at a COP. Having been granted a side event by the UNFCCC for the first time, we have had a painstaking search for speakers; some could then couldn’t; others, late in replying. But now, ...
  • 10YFP Progress update Summer 2016 INTO is a founding member of the Sustainable Tourism Programme   We are pleased to share the Progress Update (Summer 2016), keeping you up to date on the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme’s activities. Please kindly find the attached document and get the latest news and information about upcoming events. 10YFP progress updates summer 2016 HIGHLIGHTS  10YFP STP is proud to ...
  • Message from Oliver Maurice – Director of Membership and Advocacy I will be attending COP 22 in Marrakech from 7 – 18 November on behalf of the INTO membership and hope that one or two members will join me. I am currently in discussion with Andrew Potts, CEO of US ICOMOS (who was a member of the INTO delegation for the first week of COP ...
  • Visit to Indonesia and Malaysia, 6-21 Jan 2016 Report by Oliver Maurice – Director of Membership 1. Bali 1.1 Purpose of visit – i) To attend the Asian Heritage Network (AHN) Symposium and spread the word about INTO among the delegates. ii) To visit potential venues for the 17 ICNT, including hotels, conference centre and sites. 1.2 The Symposium This took place over 3 days, 8-11 Jan, in the Karangasem Regency ...

GALICIA December 2013

I spent 2 days with our INTO member, Tesouros de Galicia (T deG), in the company of its President, Javier Losada, last week. Lots of meetings on the first day, notably with the President of La Coruna Province, Sr Diego Calvo Pouso and his team where I gave a presentation on the NT (EW&NI) and INTO. A newspaper report followed the next day. Click here to read it.
During the afternoon, a visit to a section of the Camino, the Pilgrims’ Way from La Coruna to Santiago de Compostela. This particular route is known as the English Way as the English Pilgrims arrived at the ports of La Coruna or Ferrol, further north, before embarking on the walk. T de G are keen to promote the heritage along the route, ensure it is maintained and form links with the British public to encourage more to visit and use the walk .
An evening meeting took place with the Mayor of the nearby town of Artexia to discuss a new balneario or spa hotel and the principles of sustainable tourism, particularly to the coastline around the municipality.
The following day we visited a museum associated with a nearby Iron Age Hill Fort which we went on to see. Stretching over 12 ha it is certainly an impressive site though, sadly, marred by the proximity of an enormous electricity station with associated pylons right on the boundary and cables crossing the fort !
From there we journeyed to Finisterre with another representative of T de G, saw the fishing museum in an old castle in the village and then on to the Lighthouse, accompanied by a Councillor for Finisterre Council. A newspaper article on this visit is also attached.
Back to the hotel in La Coruna where I was staying and a long evening meeting with Javier to discuss the visit, the forthcoming face-to face- meeting of the Executive Committee, to be hosted by T de G next September and, in advance of which, a fundraising walk for INTO by members of the Executive Committee, the Secretariat and others from Galicia and Britain
Oliver Maurice
10 Dec 2013

November 18, 2013 COP 19

Although INTO is not represented this year at the COP – the first Simon Molesworth and I have missed since COP 15 – we are receiving a number of daily bulletins from different organisations with whom we have worked and are working closely.
Chief of these is the Loss and Damage Group which was formed at COP 18 last year in Doha when 46 organisations, including INTO, signed an Open Letter to Ministers seeking a new framework to adddress loss and damage to include consideration of non-economic losses, including loss of culture, ecosystems, indigenous knowledge and territory.
The Group is headed by WWF, Action Aid and Care International. In the last few days, these organisations have drafted a further letter which will be presented to Ministers when they start to arrive this week in Warsaw. It is a global call for action for the establishment at the Warsaw COP of an international mechanism for loss and damage. It too has been signed on behalf of INTO by Bill Turner, Vice Chair, and myself. Loss and Damage has now become a key focus of the talks and is highly relevant to our work.
The text of the letter includes a number of issues that are highlighted in the Entebbe Declaration. As a consequence I have forwarded the Declaration to all members of the Loss and Damage Group.


Now Over 100 Non-Governmental Organisations have signed the “Stop The Madness” letter. Read it here in PDF” lettre.


ALSO available “ECO-newsletter” CAN-International’s ECO Newsletter-Warsaw-Nov 19


Climate Vulnerable Forum

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Currently Chaired by Costa Rica, since 2009 the CVF has been an active mechanism for cooperation and knowledge building on climate change policy issues – advancing the common cause of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet.

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