FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Exchange of transformative experiences in adaptation and mitigation in the agricultural sector and land use.



The Support Program to Expand Climate Ambition in Agriculture and Land Use through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and the National Adaptation Plan (PNA), SCALA (for its acronym in English) is funded by the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, through its International Climate Initiative (IKI). With a budget of €20 million, it is being implemented through a joint effort between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), based on the lessons learned from the Program for the Integration of Agriculture in the National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) financed by IKI.

SCALA is designed to support transformative climate action in the land use and agriculture sectors to reduce emissions and/or improve removals of Greenhouse Gas Effects - GHG, as well as strengthen resilience and adaptation capacity to climate change in the participating countries. Its specific objective is aimed at ensuring that countries have translated their Nationally Determined Contributions -NDC and/or National Adaptation Plans -NAP into climate actions that can be implemented and of a transforming nature for land use and agriculture with the participation of multiple stakeholders. At the same time, it emphasizes the collaboration between the public and private sectors to promote the execution of programs and policies, and addresses several cross-cutting issues, such as the gender approach and social inclusion, the participation of the private sector, innovation and development. sustainable.

SCALA will support 12 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America between 2020 and 2025; Argentina, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Nepal, Senegal, Thailand, and Uganda. It will work directly with key government stakeholders in the implementation of Program activities, namely the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment, Finance and Planning, as well as Climate Change Coordination bodies, while liaising with other institutions. in charge of related sectors and subsectors. It will also simultaneously promote exchange among a broader selection of countries, through a technical network within the framework of the program, focused on private sector participation and public-private collaboration.

SCALA's work at the national level is linked to global activities, which will inform global policy (especially the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCCC) based on lessons learned and good practices at the national level. SCALA will draw on the technical knowledge and experience of both FAO and UNDP, working through the respective Regional Offices, Regional Centers of Expertise and Country Offices in support of country programming frameworks. Both agencies have important global, regional, and national initiatives that will be leveraged for knowledge sharing and complementary activities.

In this sense, Colombia has committed to increasing climate ambition in land use and agriculture based on climate risk, in planning, budgeting and monitoring at the national and sectoral levels, through increasing the ambition of Contributions Nationally Determined – NDC and the National Adaptation Plans (PNA) and meet the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 51% projected for 2030, which is part of the fundamental purpose of achieving carbon-neutrality by 2050 , and has proposed 26 goals associated with adaptation to climate change in areas such as planning, water resources, ecosystems and ecosystem services, infrastructure, health, agriculture, and risk management.

Within the framework of the implementation of the SCALA program for Colombia, of the international commitments that the Government of Colombia has acquired and to comply with the Nationally Determined Contribution - NDC, and of the actions that the Ministry of Agriculture and Development is developing Rural - MADR, as well as the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - MADS at the sectoral and institutional level, in terms of adaptation and mitigation of climate change; FAO, together with other multilateral agencies, are developing a set of technical inputs to strengthen climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the agricultural sector.

For this, it is important to know the advances, experiences, lessons and lessons learned from adaptation practices to climate change in various agricultural sectors and approaches with co-benefits for mitigation of governments at the international level. This will make it possible to have tools and methodologies to identify and take advantage of opportunities to implement adaptation actions that simultaneously contribute to mitigation, in order to maximize the results of sectoral and territorial climate policies and achieve their objectives.

In the same way, it will allow to know the approach of the climate actions implemented at an international level, it will facilitate the construction of synergies, taking advantage of and potentiating the capacities of the environment and agriculture sectors of the national, departmental and local governments interested and of the private sector in the action. climate.

On the other hand, the analysis of co-benefits in mitigation have emerged as a way of analyzing the contribution of adaptation projects, becoming a useful tool in the search for integration opportunities and local experiences, in order to catalyze, complement and forge strategic alliances on transformative climate action, in order to advance NDC and NAP priorities in agriculture and land use.

Event Objectives

Exchange transformative and inclusive experiences in agriculture and land use in the implementation of actions and/or practices for adaptation to climate change with co-benefits for mitigation.

Methodological Approach

  • The event will be delivered using an explanatory method to facilitate the flow of information and knowledge, perspectives and participation of key stakeholder groups. This will include:
  • Presentations on the national experiences of each country in adaptation actions with mitigation co-benefits.
  • Interventions of key actors and innovative experiences in agriculture and land use.
  • Systematization of the information produced in the space to be shared through the microsite www.cambioclimatico.fao.org.co and www.adaptation-undp.org/projects/scala-colombia that has been built within the framework of the project. .


Workshop participants will include all key stakeholders, including managers of the SCALA programs from Colombia, Costa Rica and Thailand, government representatives from different related ministries and other national institutions, non-governmental organizations, leading private sector agricultural unions, agricultural centers research, civil society organizations (with special emphasis on farmer groups, women's groups, youth organizations), research and academia.