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UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) Durban, South Africa

FAO will support countries during the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) to be held from 28 November to 9 December 2011 in Durban, South Africa to ensure that linkages between climate change and food security issues are taken into account during the Conference. 

Climate-Smart Knowledge Day

29 November 2011 10:00—19:00

The Climate-Smart Knowledge Day provided a forum for dialogue and gave key inputs to climate change and development debates. The half-day event sought to provide a single venue to present information and updates on FAO programmes and activities related to climate change. The information provided during the event supported countries during the negotiations in COP 17 in Durban, South Africa.

FAO working alongside its partners can provide a holistic view of agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors and their role within a changing climate with a unique perspective of ensuring livelihoods, safeguarding natural resources for food security and development.

The Climate-Smart Knowledge Day will give focused attention to the work being carried out in these areas, provide a forum for dialogue and give key inputs to the climate change and development debates. 

Participants in Climate-Smart Knowledge Day at Durban have:   

  • Heard from policy-makers on the implications of climate-smart agriculture
  • Received updates on results information and knowledge addressing the challenges of food security, agriculture and climate change
  • Learned about the way forward for partnerships on climate-smart agriculture including linkages to the green economy   

Civil Society Dialogue on Climate-Smart Agriculture

"Climate-smart agriculture" (CSA) receives a lot of attention. It was originally presented by FAO in 2010 in the publication Climate-smart ‘Agriculture: Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation and Mitigation.

Since then, CSA has been addressed at political levels, debated at scientific conferences, and has increasingly been included in agriculture development programmes. In Durban, CSA was highlighted in several events, including the FAO-lead Climate-smart Knowledge Day on 29 November.

Given the rapid development of climate-smart agriculture, FAO sought to engage with stakeholders to ensure that there is a constructive dialogue and a shared understanding of the concept. FAO invited representatives of Civil Society Organizations to a first "CSO dialogue on CSA" on 29 November 2011, following the sessions of the Climate-smart Knowledge Day.

The dialogue aimed to:

·         Engage in an open dialogue among CSOs on views regarding climate-smart agriculture

·         Provide feedback on existing climate-smart agriculture programmes and initiatives

·         Launch a civil society organizations' forum on climate-smart agriculture