Climate Change

FAO Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment


The Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) supports countries and stakeholders in responding to the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation, through resilient and sustainable agriculture and food systems..

OCB focuses on how the work for a better environment can contribute to better production, better nutrition and better lives.

Biodiversity mainstreaming

Team leader
Frederic Castell

Climate policy and strategy

Team leader
Inkar Kadyrzhanova

Climate action support

Team leader
Martial Bernoux

Energy-smart food systems

Team leader
Michela Morese

Environmental sustainability

Team leader
Lev Neretin

Global Environment Facility

Team leader
Jeffrey Griffin

Green Climate Fund

Team leader
Nadine Valat

International Plant Treaty

Team leader
Kent Nnadozie


OCB provides a cross organizational coordination role on issues related to climate change, biodiversity and the environment. The office assists FAO Members in their responses to the interlinked challenges of food security, climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation through:

  • Global policy advocacy and support.
  • National planning support (including through Nationally Determined Contributions, National Adaptation Plans and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans).
  • Facilitating country access to environment and climate finance (including through the Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund).
  • Technical support for action on the ground​.

OCB is the focal point for major multilateral environmental agreements including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In addition, OCB hosts the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Programme, the Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, as well as FAO’s work on environmental safeguards.