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FAO-IPCC-IFAD expert meeting: Emerging activities to combat climate change – use of FAO data and IPCC GHG inventory guidelines for agriculture and land use

13-14 November 2014, FAO, Rome

FAO, IPCC and IFAD jointly organized this expert meeting to discuss the use of FAO data and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines for AFOLU with a view on emerging activities to combat climate change. The expert meeting followed a 2009 joint FAO-IPCC-IFAD event, organized to discuss datasets for use in the IPCC Guidelines – FAO data and how it can be used in the IPCC Agriculture and Land Use Guidelines

The event considered the following topics:

• How FAO datasets can help in AFOLU inventory compilation using the IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines by providing activity data, EFs and other parameters and facilitating quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) and verification needs;
• How the information on international, predominately FAO, datasets (that were first compiled at a joint FAO-IPCC-IFAD meeting in 2009) could be continuously updated and made available to relevant user-groups for estimating emissions and removals of greenhouse gases from the AFOLU sector;
• How the FAO datasets and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines could be used beyond GHG National inventories, for purposes such as mitigation analysis for agriculture and land use at national and project scale;
• How to effectively develop required capacities to use FAO datasets and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines.

This expert meeting took place side-by-side with the IPCC Emission Factor Database Meetings (November 10-12), and a workshop on reducing the costs of GHG estimates in agriculture to inform low emissions development, jointly organized by FAO and CCAFS (November 10-12).

The meeting was funded by the Government of Norway, via the MAGHG Project, and the IPCC.

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Introduction to the event. Francesco N. Tubiello (FAO)

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An overview of current climate-change agreements, ongoing discussions under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, and associated implementation activities in land use. María José Sanz Sánchez (FAO)

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New FAO updates on GHG emissions from AFOLU. Heather Jacobs (FAO)

SESSION 1 - The need for up-to-date data and methodologies for AFOLU with evolving climate-change agreements

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Need for up-to-date data to support inventory compilers in implementing IPCC methodologies to estimate emissions and removals for AFOLU Sector. Kiyoto Tanabe (IPCC TFI TSU)

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New FAO data products and tools. Francesco N. Tubiello (FAO)

 

SESSION 2 - Data and methodologies for estimating GHG emissions and removals of land based mitigation actions – issues around scale and boundaries

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Data for bringing together the national level and land-based mitigation actions in Costa Rica. Javier Fernandez (FONAFIFO)

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Issues on temporal, spatial and activity boundaries for accounting for land-based mitigation actions, including for REDD+, NAMAs and projects. Sandro Federici (FAO) and Carolyn Ching (VCS)

 

SESSION 3 - Data and methodologies for estimating GHG emissions and removals of land-based mitigation actions  – building reference scenarios

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Issues associated with reference levels. Jim Penman (UCL)

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Data needs for building reference levels for REDD+ in Brazil. Thelma Krug (INPE)

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FAO's long term outlook for global agriculture: basis for a GHG emissions baseline and food security assessments under climate change. Josef Schmidhuber (FAO)

SESSION 4 - Data and methodologies for the joint analysis of mitigation-adaptation-food security benefits

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Data and information needs and gaps for adaptation planning. Selvaraju Ramasamy (FAO)

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Green house gasses emissions for IFAD projects with ASAP and GEF financing: an application of Ex-Act. Eric Patrick and Juan Mattos de Dios (IFAD)

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