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 at COP17

29 November 2011 10:00—19:00
Suncoast Hotel and Towers - Delano Room -
20 Battery Beach Road, North Beach -
Durban, South Africa Hotel

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. half-day event will seek 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 will support countries during the negotiations in COP 17 in Durban, South Africa. 
  • Download the agenda of the event  here 
  • Register to attend here


Civil Society Dialogue on Climate-Smart Agriculture

29 November 2011 19:00-21:00
Suncoast Hotel and Towers - Delano Room -
20 Battery Beach Road, North Beach -
Durban, South Africa Hotel

Given the rapid development of climate-smart agriculture, FAO seeks to engage with stakeholders to ensure that there is a constructive dialogue and a shared understanding of the concept. For this reason, following the sessions of the Climate-smart Knowledge Day, FAO will invite representatives of Civil Society Organizations to a first "CSO dialogue on CSA"  

  • Download the flyer and agenda of the event  here 


Side events with FAO participation

  • Making Progress with REDD+: Applying Lessons Learned to Enhance Success 
    30 November 2011
    ICC Room 2
    Countries worldwide are implementing REDD+ readiness and significant lessons are already emerging. Join us to discuss how these are advancing REDD+ and revealing opportunities to connect with other sectors to meet climate and sustainable development goals while catalyzing a green economy transition. Programme agenda 
  • Global forest land-use change from 1990 to 2005 Initial results from the FRA Remote Sensing Survey 30 November 2011 13:1514:45
    EU Pavilion, Warsaw Room
    The Global Forest Remote Sensing Survey – new results on global deforestation estimates, including estimates of gross and net gain and loss of forest at the global scale, by region and by broad climatic domain (temperate, tropical etc). These new results will be important inputs to a range of processes where forest loss and gain are vital such as the REDD+ discussions as part of the UNFCCC. Programme agenda 

  • UN System side event on mitigation actions 
    30 November 13:15 - 14:45 

    ICC Hex River
    UN agencies will provide comprehensive information on how they can assist countries, in particular, developing countries, in their transformation to low carbon economies. The event will focus on broad and important areas in terms of emissions and sustainable development: food, power and transport. Programme agenda   Programme 
  • Addressing the gender dimension of vulnerability: An adaptation framework that works for everyone
    30 November 18.30-20.00

    ICC Hex River 
    An adaptation framework that works for everyone must incorporate complexities of vulnerability. Panelists explore the dimensions of vulnerability from a gender angle, issuing recommendations for effective adaptation planning.  
  • Progress towards REDD+ readiness: DRC's integrated monitoring and evaluation system for REDD+
    30 November 18.30-20.00
    Indwe  River
    DRC is building a robust and transparent monitoring and evaluation system for REDD+ activities at the national and subnational level. The event will focus on two key components of this system: a national registry of REDD+ projects and initiatives and a land satellite monitoring system for REDD+.   
  • Making climate smart agriculture work for the poor 
    1 December 2011 13:15 - 14:45

    ICC Room 2
    There is tremendous mitigation potential in Natural Resources Management but smallholder farmers will only engage in biocarbon projects if the focus is on their livelihoods. Institutional constraints, high investment costs with uncertain rates of return and questions on farmers' long-term commitments reduce the private sector's willingness to invest in terrestrial biocarbon projects while the returns from carbon are small for the farmers. Finding the right incentives and public-private partnership arrangements will be critical in mobilizing climate change funds for the rural poor despite the potential triple-win for development, mitigation and adaptation, and more sustainable land management.

    Hosted by ICRAF with participation of Danone, FAO, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Vi Agroforestry, we will discuss possible ways to overcome the multiple institutional financial, management and development related challenges from agricultural biocarbon projects in Africa.

  • The Papua New Guinea National Forest Monitoring System: a way forward to REDD+ Phase II 
    1 December 2011 18:30 - 20:00

    ICC Room 4
    The Government of PNG presents its new Forest Monitoring System that supports the implementation of national policies and measures related to REDD+ activities. To ensure full stakeholder participation a free WEB-GIS interface has been developed with support from the UN-REDD Programme and Australia

  • Climate Change and Fisheries in Africa
    2 December 11:00 -16:00 

    Africa Pavilion
    Participation in side event organized by NEPAD and PaCFA .

  • Climate-Smart Agriculture – a transformative approach to food security, adaptation and mitigation
    2 December 2011 13:15-14:45
    Agriculture must undergo a radical transformation to meet the challenges of sustainable food security and poverty reduction with climate change. Learn about approaches that increase both productivity and the resilience of livelihoods and ecosystems, plus how REDD+ lessons can inform our progress.
  • Lessons Learned in Mali in Agriculture and Climate Change
    2 December 13.20 -14h20 

    Africa Pavilion
    This side event is organized to emphasize the need to mainstream environmental issues into agriculture and to create awareness of the positive role that agriculture can play in climate change through the adaptation of sustainable food production practices. Mali calls for a larger international commitment to increase collaboration among sectors and among countries and to focus on the needs of small farmers and their food production systems.
  • Launch of the Strategic Programme of the Global Partnership Climate, Fisheries and Aquaculture 
    3 December
    Africa Pavilion           
  • Roundtable of REDD+ Legislation Initiatives
    4 December 2011
    Conference on Climate Change Law and Governance in the Global South
    Faculty of Law, University of Kwazulu-Natal. Durban
    As the REDD+ process advances, the central role of domestic laws and regulations in REDD+ implementation is becoming increasingly evident. Several initiatives have responded to the call for supporting countries as they strengthen their legal and institutional capacity for REDD+. In a roundtable organised by the UN-REDD Programme, FAO and IDLO, leading experts on REDD+ will discuss their respective initiatives on REDD+ legislation in countries such as Mexico, Zambia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the DRC with a view to identifying synergies and areas of future collaboration. Speakers will include Alberto Sandoval (UN-REDD/FAO), Sarah Mason-Case (IDLO), Chris Stephens (GLOBE Forest Legislators Initiative), John Costenbader (IUCN), Thais Linhares-Juvenal (UN-REDD Secretariat), Florence Daviet (WRI Governance of Forests Initiative), Daniela Rey Christen (ClientEarth), and Rosalind Reeve (Chatham House & Ateneo School of Government).
    Roundtable of REDD+ Legislation initiatives 
  • Nutrition and Climate Change: Making the Connection to Enhance Livelihood Resilience, Health and Women's Empowerment  
    4 December 18.30 to 20.00
    Africa Pavilion
    Climate change has a direct impact on the food and nutrition security of millions of people, particularly women and children. Despite this, nutrition is largely missing in the climate change negotiations. This has to change. Nutrition must represent a key pillar of climate-resilient development.
    Programme agenda  Programme flyer 
  • Climate-Smart Agriculture side event
    5 December 9.00 to 11.00
    African Pavilion
    Update on the latest on CSA and CSA Partnership/Platform and Sourcebook

  • UN System Support to Adaptation: Progress and Opportunities for Enhanced Action 
    5 December 2011

    ICC Room 1
    Systems and sectors essential for human livelihood, such as water resources, agriculture and food security, will be adversely affected by climate change. The event will highlight what the UN system is doing to support countries to adapt to climate change and ways to enhance this response. 

  • Legal Preparedness for Climate Compatible Development: Securing REDD+
    8 December 2011 18:30-20:00
    ICC Room 5
    Leading developing country experts, along with IDLO, CISDL, FAO and others involved in the UN-REDD Programme, will discuss legal preparedness for climate compatible development, focusing on challenges and innovations in implementation of REDD+ and other climate finance. 
  • Ocean Acidification: the other half of the CO2 problem 
    8 December 2011 18:30-20:00
    ICC Room 4
    CO2 is causing our oceans to acidify at rates not seen for last 20 million years; business as usual scenarios for CO2 emissions will lead to increases in ocean acidity by 2050 with potentially dramatic effects on marine life, including socioeconomic. This side event addresses the other CO2 problem. 

Thematic days with FAO co-organization/participation

  • Dry Forests Symposium: Defining a new research agenda for Africa’s dry forests
    1 December
    Hotel Southern Sun Elengani
    CIFOR, along with its partners including FAO will convene a one-day international event providing a global platform for 200 representatives from the research and development sector, to openly discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in the sustainable use of dry forests, within broader agricultural landscapes.
    For more information on the day visit http://www.cifor.org/events/dry-forests.html
  • The Durban Local Government Convention: adapting to a changing climate 
    2  December 2011
    eThekwini City Hall Durban
    Organized by the South African Local Government Association, the South African Cities Network, eThekwini Municipality and the Department of Environmental Affairs with ICLEI -local Governments for Sustainability, FAO will moderate the panel on "Food security and climate change in cities"

    Read the announcement here.
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Day
    3 December 2011
    Ritson Campus
    , Durban University of Technology

    Methods and Policy Options for the National Up scaling of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) 

    For the complete agenda of the programme of the day, visit their
    website: http://www.agricultureday.org/.

    The FAO learning event will demonstrate how different initiatives and incentives have been used to achieve CSA adoption in a number national contexts.

    In addition, the event will inform participants of the new CSA partnership, sourcebook and web platform which will allow access to all relevant CSA information. 
  • UN-Oceans Day: working together on global ocean and coastal climate change issues’
    3  December 2011 10:00-18:00
    The aim is to showcase how UN-OCEANS member agencies work together to make a difference in understanding and responding to the global challenges of climate change issues affecting our oceans and coasts.
  • Oceans Day at Durban
    3  December 2011 10:00-18:00
    Rio Pavilion 
    Programme agenda 

  • Forest Day 5
    4 December 2011
    Olive Convention Center
    Forest Day is a platform for anyone with an interest in forests and climate change to meet once a year to ensure that forests remain high on the agenda of global and national climate strategies, and that those strategies are informed by the most up-to-date knowledge and experience. Forest Day presents an opportunity for stakeholders from different backgrounds and regions to network, share their experiences and debate the pressing issues facing forests around the world. For more information: http://www.forestsclimatechange.org/events/forest-day/forest-day-5.html  

  • Mountain Day Networking and Knowledge Market Event 
    4 December 2011
    Highlighting the Critical Role of Mountain Ecosystems for Climate Adaptation and Sustainable Development. http://www.icimod.org/mountainday 
  • Land Day
    6 December 2011
    Rio Conventions Pavilion

    "Achieving zero net land degradation: impacts on climate change issues." 
    This event will examine the latest climate change and sustainable development debates as they relate to land issues, with renowned experts, high-level government officials and business representatives.   




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