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FAO's work on Climate Change

Climate change threatens our ability to achieve global food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity and livestock are a significant driver of climate change, trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere and triggering global warming.

Climate change has both direct and indirect effects on agricultural productivity including changing rainfall patterns, drought, flooding and the geographical redistribution of pests and diseases. The vast amounts of CO2 absorbed by the oceans causes acidification, influencing the health of our oceans and those whose livelihoods and nutrition depend on them. FAO is supporting countries to both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change through a wide range of research based and practical programmes and projects, as an integral part of the 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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FAO's work on Climate Change

This booklet was recently launched at the 2017 Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn. Including a synthesis of the support provided by FAO to face the impacts of climate change, it also brings together the most recent and relevant knowledge, tools and methodologies FAO can offer countries to report on their greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture, livestock and forestry sectors.

Did you know?

At this year's UN climate conference (COP23), Parties finally reached a decision on next steps for agriculture within the UNFCCC framework, the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture.  Countries have been asked to submit their views on what should be included in the work by 31 March 2018, with with options including how to improve soil carbon and fertility, how to assess adaptation and resilience and the creation of better livestock management systems.

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