Climate Change News

FAO news on climate change 

Farmers' battle to cope with climate change could spark rural renewal 6 June 2014 6 June 2014, Rome - Shifting world agriculture to a "climate-smart" approach will not only help prevent future food security crises but holds the promise of sparking economic and agricultural renewal in rural areas where hunger and poverty are most prevalent, argues a new FAO publication. On the one hand, the magnitude and scope of climate change's impacts on agricultural systems means that boosting rural communities' resilience and adaptive capacities is essential to safeguarding world food security, notes FAO success stories on climate-smart agriculture , released today. [more]
FAO and Chinese partners working to unlock carbon finance for herders and grazers 30 May 2014 30 May 2014, Rome - Hundreds of millions of people around the world rely on grasslands to feed the livestock which are the foundation of their livelihoods. Yet poor land management has left large swathes of the world's grasslands degraded - an environmental problem which also has direct implications for livestock-dependent communities.To help address these concerns, FAO and the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China's Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NWIPB) have for the past several years been working to link grasslands restoration efforts to international climate financing schemes. [more]
FAO and OIE boost collaboration on animal health 26 May 2014 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) pledged to step up their existing collaboration to control animal disease, ensure the safety of food from animal origin and promote safe trade. FAO Director-General, Graziano da Silva underlined that climate change represented a growing threat for the future of animal health and its repercussions for global food security.Tropical vector-borne diseases like Rift Valley fever and malaria are highly sensitive to climatic conditions, while climate change may affect the distribution and migration of wild birds that harbour avian influenza viruses, he said, citing the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).As a result, climate change is ‘a huge concern to be shared’ and an additional focus of common work, Graziano da Silva said. [more]
Climate change’s potential impact must figure in food production efforts 25 April 2014 Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems, stepping up action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told participants at the seventh Forum on Agriculture in the Kingdom of Morocco."Everything we do needs to take climate change into consideration," he stressed. "And the time is now. We cannot afford to wait." [more]
Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise 11 April 2014 New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them.This is the first time that FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). [more]
Forest surveys provide baseline data for participation in REDD+ 12 March 2014 Forests have the capacity to sequester and store enormous amounts of carbon – in trees, ground litter and the soil. When forests are destroyed or degraded, or converted for another use, they emit sequestered carbon into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, contributing to climate change. Ensuring the sustainable management of forests is critical to global climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. [more]
Sharing Knowledge on Greenhouse Gas Emission 14 February 2014 Accra, 30 January 2014 - Interagency coordination and more exchange of experiences of good practices among member countries are important to address climate change and develop strategies for mitigation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture that are consistent with foods security and rural development goals of member countries. This was a major outcome of the Third FAO Regional Workshop on Statistics for Greenhouse Gas Emissions held in Morocco, last December 2013. [more]
Forest Community agrees to take joint action towards greening the economy 12 December 2013 12 December 2013, Rovaniemi/Rome - The Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy was adopted today by the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC). The Action Plan provides a solid platform for the forest sector to support transformation to a green bio-based economy in Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Forest leaders decided to name the strategic document The Rovaniemi Action Plan, after the city where their joint session "Metsä2013" is taking place. [more]
FAO warns of the risk of a double tragedy in the Philippines 27 November 2013 Immediate assistance from the international community for Philippine farmers is critical to avoid a double tragedy befalling rural survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, FAO announced today.FAO is calling on the donor community to urgently step forward and provide more than $11 million to get money to rural people to help clean and clear agricultural land and de-silt irrigation canals in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the typhoon. [more]
FAO urges policy-makers to strengthen forest producer organizations in the face of climate change 26 November 2013 Strengthening forest producer organizations should contribute significantly to reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and enhancing economic development of smallholder forest owners and farmers, FAO said today at the International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations , taking place in Guilin, China, 25-28 November 2013. [more]

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last updated:  Thursday, November 10, 2011