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Launch of global framework on water scarcity takes center stage at global climate change conference

 The launch of the Global Framework for Action to Cope with Water Scarcity in Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change was at the forefront of FAO's activities at the UNFCCC COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco from 7–18 November 2016.

The Global Framework for Action seeks to catalyse international cooperation on water scarcity in agriculture in the context of climate change and growing competition for water resources. It is a call for partners from different fields and backgrounds to join in a concerted effort to support countries in implementing their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) related to agriculture and water; and in achieving the food security and water-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Global Framework for Action launched during the Agriculture Action Day 16 November 2016. In addition to this FAO AGL hosted a side event and a partners event related to the framework, and also launched a new report on Water Harvesting.

Concept Note: Coping with water scarcity in agriculture : a global framework for action in a changing climate>>

Brochure: Coping with water scarcity in agriculture : a global framework for action in a changing climate>>

Side event:
Coping with Water Scarcity in Agriculture under a changing climate

Triple A Site
8 November 2016 15:00-16:30

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The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) strongly point at agriculture and water in coping with climate change. Ninety four percent of the 188 countries that submitted INDCs as of March 2016 included agricultural sectors and 80 percent included water in their mitigation and/or adaptation plans. Of the 130 countries that include an adaptation section, 77 percent specify measures for managing water scarcity and protecting water quality.

 Global forums and international organizations have been listing water scarcity as a top-priority risk, as a major constraint to socio economic development of nations, a growing problem for businesses, and a threat to growth and stability on a global scale.
Agriculture holds the key to coping with water scarcity as it is responsible for 70% of all freshwater withdrawals.

The international community has already committed to enhance water-use efficiency and to reduce number of people living under water scarcity, through SDG 6, Target 4.

How do we turn the commitments made and targets put into concerted actions?

How can we identify and incorporate synergies and tradeoffs?

How can multi-sector partnerships meaningfully bring value added?

How do those actions contribute to mitigation of and adaptation to climate change?

Partners event:
Coping with water scarcity in agriculture: a global framework for action in a changing climate

Triple A Site
15 November 2016 13:30-15:00

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 FAO and its partners have agreed to join forces in order to assist member states cope with the impacts of water scarcity in agricultural sectors and along the value chain. The Global Framework is an action-oriented initiative aiming sustainable food and agriculture systems using a water scarcity lens, providing options that contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and produce climate benefits.
The meeting is intended to bring together the initial partners of the Global Framework for Action and discuss the aspects of governance, the priorities for their portfolio and the next steps.
Both current and future partners and beneficiaries are welcome.

Action event:
Agriculture and Food Security Action Event at COP22

Artic Room, Blue Zone
16 November 2016 - 10:00- 16:00

Agriculture is part of the solution to climate change - The Paris Agreement recognizes the “fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the adverse impacts of climate change.” It also recognizes the importance of harnessing climate action to drive sustainable  development – something the agricultural sectors are uniquely positioned to do. As part of the Global Climate Action Agenda, the Agriculture and Food Security Action Event will discuss the central role of agriculture in solving the triple threat of hunger, poverty and climate change. Three new and inter-related initiatives will be launched: The “Triple A” – Agriculture Adaptation in Africa, promoted by the Kingdom of Morocco; a Global Framework for action on water scarcity in agriculture, launched by FAO, and Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, signed by 132 cities around the world. These initiatives aim to make the agriculture sectors more productive, sustainable and climate resilient; and to step up agriculture action in the Paris Agreement. Their action will directly contribute to more sustainable use of natural resources and to promote sustainable agriculture, a major step to address land degradation.

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