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International fora

As part of FAO, the MICCA Programme, working in partnership with countries and partners, generates knowledge and resources that help identify technical, financial and institutional options for climate change mitigation in agriculture. This contributes to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other national and international organisations.

The IPCC provides scientific information on climate change to decision makers and prepares Assessment Reports addressing the state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response strategies.

The MICCA programme participates in FAO’s activities in the preparation of submissions, information briefs and side events for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings and presents research and findings at regional workshops. This support helps developing countries make informed contributions to the negotiations and realize the potential of mitigation and adaptation activities in their respective countries. MICCA provides capacity development and technical support to countries seeking advice on how to formulate national plans and policies for agriculture sectors, inline with UNFCCC requirements. One example of this has been through the framework of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).

NAMAs 

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are nationally determined policies and actions that a country undertakes in order to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions in line with national sustainable development.

Actions to reduce emissions and remove GHGs in the AFOLU sector provide valuable opportunities to build on and increase synergies with activities related to sustainable intensification improved farm efficiency, climate change adaptation, food security and rural development.

In order to develop NAMAs in the agriculture and land use sector, countries need specific guidance. In response to this need, the MICCA programme developed a NAMA online learning tool on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in the agriculture, forestry and other land use sector and a guidebook National planning for GHG mitigation in agriculture that provide sector specific guidance for NAMA design and implementation.

MICCA has contributed to several regional NAMA workshops organized by the UNFCCC for facilitating the preparation and implementation of NAMAs. During these workshops special aspects of the agriculture, forestry and other land use sector were presented. The MICCA team continues to provide regional and national trainings on NAMA identification, design and implementation, supporting developing countries in implementing mitigation and adaptation actions.

For example, good results from Kenya and Vietnam and regional trainings in Asia have encouraged the continuation of this work. 

Asia LEDS Partnership Regional Workshop, Mobilizing Investment for Low-Emission Development in Asia’s Agriculture Sector, Oct 2015