Dr Camilla Bausch is Senior Fellow at Ecologic – Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, Berlin.
‘Alive and Kicking’: The First Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol
Version of Record online: 6 SEP 2006
Review of European Community & International Environmental Law
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 193–201, July 2006
How to Cite
Bausch, C. and Mehling, M. (2006), ‘Alive and Kicking’: The First Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 15: 193–201. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9388.2006.00515.x
Michael Mehling is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Law and Public Policy, University of Greifswald.
Both authors attended the meeting in Montreal for their respective organizations, and have ample consulting and research experience on issues of climate and energy policy. They wish to express their gratitude to Elizabeth Zelljadt for valuable comments and suggestions.
- Issue online: 6 SEP 2006
- Version of Record online: 6 SEP 2006
Long confined to the realm of political uncertainty, the Kyoto Protocol finally entered into force on 16 February 2005. As for its substantive bearing, however, the Protocol is, at best, an initial framework for more detailed rules deferred to later Meetings of the Parties. Convening for the first time in Montreal, Canada, from 28 November to 9 December 2005, the Kyoto Protocol's Meeting of the Parties decided on important operational aspects of the Protocol, approving the Marrakesh Accords and thereby implementing the Protocol's flexibility mechanisms and compliance regime. Arguably of even greater magnitude was the agreement to engage in consultations on future mitigation commitments, notably with a view to the period after 2012, when current commitments expire. This article outlines principal decisions passed at the meeting in Montreal, affirming that, while daunting challenges still lie ahead, one thing has now been shown for certain: contrary to many premature obituaries, the Kyoto Protocol is anything but dead.