Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Multidisciplinary team on climate change

Team leader :   Zhijun Chen

Climate change alters the basic elements of agro-ecosystems, such as temperature, rainfall, land and water resources and biodiversity, and consequently affects the agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors in Asia and the Pacific region. Agriculture, forestry and land-use change are also major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. It is necessary to capture the synergies and manage the trade-offs among climate change adaptation, mitigation, food security and sustainable development at different levels.

Capturing the synergies among climate change adaptation, mitigation, food security and sustainable development requires: multidisciplinary cooperation, to consolidate agriculture, forestry, fishery and land and water management sectors into a framework under the context of an agro-ecosystem; an integrated approach, to address climate change adaptation and mitigation issues holistically; and a comprehensive strategy, to deploy suitable policy, institutional, technical and financing options systematically.

The multidisciplinary team on climate change aims to improve regional capacity on climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture and natural resource management through: provide strategy and policy advice at different levels; support technology development, dissemination and capacity building; assist in the formulation and implementation of relevant field programmes/projects; facilitate regional and subregional cooperation; and improve internal and external coordination.