Day 5 of the conference and I have almost run out of socks. This is a good conference indicator to say I must now go back home (I see Desmond the storm is chasing me back home) My week is over but the leviathan of a conference keeps trundling (like the subway under my B&B) and it’s been exhilarating, tiring, confusing and refreshing. Highlights and quirks to come on a following blog. Today there is an air of quite resignation and its now going to be tough here at the conference. Speaking to a few delegates and its a real slog at the moment. Cash seems to be king and also the subject of compensation for loss and damage… yet this is also cash. Who will pay for what, how much and what measurable outcomes can we get… I would not call it a cloud on the conference more of an air of what one might call a ‘slog’ is ahead of the delegates. You hear snatched conversations around ‘they derailed that proposal for such and such clause’ people unaware that microphones are not turned off and they voice an opinion they did not want to go out publicly. People are tired here but you still get a feeling of ‘we are here to get the job done’ rather than going through the motions.What of INTO (International National Trust Organisation) and myself also representing the National Trust in Wales and our job of work which is to work with others. We are working with UNESCO and ICOMOS to get Heritage and Culture as a measurable aspect of the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR6 . We are on course for the presentation tomorrow at the UNESCO stand with Oliver also using my notes for the impact aspect (here and now). All partners want heritage and culture to feature and so it will be a matter of how? This will come out of tomorrows presentation and discussion. Why do we want Heritage and Culture covered and include its measurement? Like I said in the previous blog, conservation is about managing change. As the old adage goes ‘without measurement you can’t manage’ or actually given my current location and in COP speak ‘adapt and mitigate’ Best of luck to the team I went over to the Climate Generations area this morning for the last time to see how the ‘Size of Wales ‘ team had got on in COP. They have been off their feet with enquiries. They have a stunning project. Whilst I was there I was approached and asked ‘are you an indigenous person of your country’ ? YES I am.” Come over to the pavilion to see what we can all do together…” this has opened up a whole new view but more on this later.
End of the day for me here. Scanned out of COP, hybrid bus which is always cozy this time of night with everyone leaving, one train and a subway later… oh and a 10 minute walk and I’m back to the B&B for the last time. Looking forward to going home but I also have a feeling of an unfinished job and would have liked to stay to the end. But I also have a life (whilst I was here; son lost first tooth, two birthdays and whilst I was away daughter also fractured an arm ) looking forward to going back to Wales. Oh forgot also doing a live radio piece for BBC Radio Cymru tomorrow at 06:10 on COP21 (ah but it will be 07:10 for me) and then a debating piece on COP21 for the BBC again on Monday
Big thanks to Oliver, Justin and Anika.