REFILE-INTERVIEW-India hopes climate auditing scheme to get U.S. nod

Thu Dec 2, 2010 10:01am GMT

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* U.S. backing for climate reporting plan crucial -India

* Minister says India plan could put climate talks back on track

* But says Cancun talks overshadowed by Japan's Kyoto comments

By Krittivas Mukherjee

NEW DELHI, Dec 2 (Reuters) - An Indian proposal on how rich and poor nations report their actions to fight global warming could help get the United States on board for a broad agreement on climate change, India's environment minister Jairam Ramesh said on Thursday.

Negotiators at Nov. 29 to Dec. 10 U.N. climate talks in Mexico are trying to define the climate actions required of developed and emerging economies, to overcome a major area of dispute in sharing the burden of carbon emissions cuts.

Stalling progress is the question how rich and poor countries report their cuts and actions, and whether this controversial issue also called measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) should be subject to international review.

In Mexico, India is proposing all countries, rich and poor, that contribute more than 1 percent of global greenhouse gases should report their steps to the United Nations every three years. Others can report their actions every six years.   Continued...

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