Climate Change and Regions
Development Projects – Decentralised Cooperation Projects
• The Assembly of Savoie Regional Deparments, France, through the association Pays de Savoie Solidaires has established a partnership with the Dessalines municipality, Haïti for a rural development project including a soil erosion control component providing for the anti-erosion management of hill slopes (canyons, watersheds and land parcels) and having FAO as its executing agency.
• Under the FAO Mountain Partnership – an international, voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world – a consortium of institutions and organizations of the Piedmont Region of Italy has established a training programme providing standard professional courses to members of the Partnership (Governments, civil society groups and inter-governmental organizations) on key topics relating to mountain environments, including climate change.
• The Autonomous Region of Vallée d'Aoste signed an agreement with the FAO to undertake collaboration for the sustainable value-added development of the disadvantaged mountain areas of Morocco. One early result of this collaboration has been a project located in Morocco aimed at assessing human needs in disadvantaged mountain areas.
• Other projects: FAO is currently implementing a detailed survey of the activities conducted by its various departments in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation, which will lead to the specific identification of initiatives and projects where sub-national authorities are involved, whether as funding entities or as executing partners.
The FAO participates in the preparation of several meetings on climate change and food security issues involving regional governments.
FAO/UNPD Meeting on the role of regions in climate change adaptation
Following the High-Level FAO Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy in June 2008 and the World Summit of Regions on Food Security organised by nrg4SD and CPMR on « Climate Change : The Regions in Action » in October 2008, FAO and UNDP have decided to move forward with further policy development and partnership building discussions between stakeholders by organising a meeting on “Agricultures and Fisheries confronting climate change”. The purpose of this meeting is to promote exchanges between the various stakeholders (regional governments, farmers’ and fishermen’s organizations, international organizations); to have them share their practical experiences and identify possible climate adaptation and/or mitigation partnerships.
This meeting is to be organized in collaboration with CPMR and FOGAR and will be held in Brest, France on 21-22 October 2009. It will be held back-to-back with the 3rd Assises de la solidarité internationale en Bretagne (3rd Assembly Meeting on International Solidarity in Brittany) on 23-24 October focusing on the issue of food security. These two meetings may be included in the series of preparatory events for the forthcoming World Summit of Regions on Food Security to be convened in Dakar in January 2010.
World Summit of Regions on Food Security, sponsored by FOGAR and CPMR. January 2010, Dakar, Senegal
The World Summit of Regions on Food Security organised by CPMR and FOGAR will be held on 18-19 January 2010 under the chairmanship of Mr. Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal.
This Summit will provide the opportunity to focus on priority issues confronting regional governments and to establish a dialogue on food security between local and national authorities and international organizations. Through the leverage effect of decentralization in the improvement of food security for the communities, key contributions regional governments can produce in the search for innovating solutions to the food security problem will be illustrated through practical examples; these contributions closely address the needs of the communities and are complementary to central government’s actions.
The major operational objective of this Summit is to establish partnerships whether between Regions or between regional governments and donors for the purpose of improving global food security. FAO is a member of the Summit Organizing Committee with FOGAR, CPMR, UNPD, the European Union, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of regional governments such as Brittany, Catalonia, the Canary Islands, Tuscany, etc.