Climate change, energy and food
High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy Rome, 3-5 June 2008


Climate change adaptation and mitigation

5-7 March 2008
Malaysia Room - FAO HQ - Rome

Day 1: Wednesday, 5 March 2008, morning

Chairperson: Peter Holmgren

9.00 – 9.10   

  • Opening, welcoming address and  introduction
    Alexander Müller Assistant Director General FAO Natural Resources Management and Environment  Department

9.10 – 9.25  

  • Participants introduce themselves

9.25 – 9.35  

  • Presentation of the meeting process: Peter Holmgren

9.35 - 12.30
Short briefing about the HLC preparatory process, including the conclusions of the other expert meetings

  • Climate change and biodiversity for food and agriculture (Toledo)
  • Global perspectives on food and fuel security and Bioenergy policy, markets and trade and food security (Wiebe)
  • Climate-related transboundary pests and diseases, including relevant aquatic species  (Krause)
  • Climate change, water and food security  (Faurès)
  • Climate change and disaster risk management  (Baas)
  • Land Tenure implications  (Quan and Cotula)
  • Civil society consultation  (Endo)
  • Country typology based on their climate change, bioenergy and food security patterns  (Santacroce)
  • Approach to adaptation, mitigation and prevention of climate change (Glantz) 

(11.00 - 11.15  Coffee Break) 

12.30 – 14.15  Lunch Break

Day 1: Wednesday, 5 March 2008, afternoon

Chairperson: Robert Stefanski

14.15 – 15.30
Implications for food security of key options for CC adaptation, prevention and mitigation priorities and related policy options as seen by participants (part 1).
Discussion based on slides provided by participants in advance of the meeting.

  • Many elements of adaptation strategies to climate change need to be practiced even today at the global and local levels (Aggarwal)
  • The contribution of agriculture, food industry and food distribution to global warming in France (Aubert)
  • Climate change or global change (Badjeck)
  • Types of adaptation (Daw)
  • Food security is vulnerable to climate change in multiple ways (Ericksen)
  • Low greenhouse gas agriculture: farming to mitigate climate change (Fließbach)
  • Silvopastoral Systems - PS (Gobbi)
  • Win-win outcomes of adaptation and mitigation (Jarvis)
  • Estimates of soil carbon sink capacity and impact on global food production (Lal)
  • Implications of “dangerous” climate change on agricultural ecosystems and agrobiodiversity (Low)
  • Strengthening adaptation with improved knowledge and capacity in the Pacific islands (Mataki)
  • Who are the most vulnerable (Haile)

15.30 – 15.45  Coffee break

15.45 – 16.30
Implications for food security of key options for CC adaptation, prevention and mitigation priorities and related policy options as seen by participants (part 2)

  • Incorporating indigenous knowledge (IK) into adaptation and mitigation strategies (Nyong)
  • Mitigation and adaptation within the UNFCCC (Pesmajoglou)
  • Climate change: mitigation and adaptation (Ponce-Hernandez)
  • Develop and apply tools for integrated adaptive planning (Quan)
  • Mitigation and adaptation synergy in agriculture and forest sector (Ravindranath)
  • Disaster risk reduction and information on climate change (Schaar)
  • Climate prediction and disaster risk management – DRM (Stefanski)
  • Adaptation option (Tarté)
  • Mitigation (Yanda)

16.30 – 17.00
Chairperson: Peter Holmgren
Short discussion about scope of the meeting and expected outputs; constitution of the Drafting Group.
The participants will decide on the constitution of a small “Drafting Group”, to be chaired by Michael Glantz (Rapporteur). The “Drafting Group” will function as the Expert Meeting secretariat.

Day 2: Thursday, 6 March 2008, morning

9.00 – 10.30
Identification of subjects to be discussed in Breakout Groups
The subjects and objectives will be proposed by the drafting group. They will probably include the four items listed in the “issues paper” (baseline data, typology and hotspots; priority setting, capacities needed in countries to implement effective adaptation and mitigation activities in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries with a view to preserving or enhancing food security; policy options; biodiversity; specific environmental and socio-economic problems of vulnerable farming systems, for instance those in drylands). Each breakout group selects a chairperson and a rapporteur.

10.30 – 10.45  Coffee Break

10.45 – 13.00

  • Breakout Group discussions (part 1)

13.00 – 14.15  Lunch break

Day 2: Thursday, 6 March 2008, afternoon

14.15 - 16.00

  • Breakout Group discussions (part 2)

16.00 - 16.15  Coffee break
16.15 - 17.00

  • Presentation of preliminary breakout group conclusions by their respective rapporteurs

Day 3: Friday, 7 March 2008, morning

Chairperson: Peter Holmgren

Presentation of meeting outline by the drafting group. discussion of outline.

  • What items were not covered adequately, what new unanticipated ideas were brought up?

11.00 – 11.15  Coffee break

11.15 – 13.00

  • Breakout Group Discussions (part 3)
  • Groups finalise their inputs under the agreed outline.

13.00 – 15.30  Lunch break

Day 3: Friday, 7 March 2008, afternoon

Chairperson: Peter Holmgren

15.30 – 16.30

  • Presentation and discussion of first draft of meeting report

16.30 – 16.45  Closing session