Climate Change

UN Climate Change talks in Bonn, Germany - 2012

The Organic Soils and Peatlands Climate Change Mitigation Initiative is an informal network of organizations and people interested in reducing emissions from peatlands and safeguarding their other vital ecosystem services. Institutions involved in the initiative at the moment include FAO, Wetlands International, Greifswald University, IUCN UK, Global Research Alliance, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Global Environment Centre (GEC), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the University of Helsinki.

Side events with FAO participation

15 May 2012


Building resilience for adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sectors 

There are huge uncertainties on the way climate change will directly and indirectly impact agricultural and food systems, and related vulnerabilities. It adds new risks and changes already existing risks. Therefore one of the most effective ways for agriculture to adapt to climate change could be to increase its resilience. Building resilience now is central to being prepared to future changes. The notion of resilience enables to consider together various domains - biophysical (ecosystems), economic, social and institutional and at various scales. It also enables to consider interactions between domains and between scales. The side event will offer different perspectives and approaches for building resilience in agriculture for adaptation to climate change. 

  • Resilience in Agriculture for Adaptation to Climate Change By Alexandre Meybeck (FAO)
  • Sustainable management of forest to build resilience By Tiina Vahanen (FAO)     

Panel Discussion: 
What do we need to do now in order to build resilience?

Karl Schule, Brot für die Welt
Robert Jordan, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements - 
James Kyniangi, International Livestock Research Institute
Alexandre Meybeck, FAO 

16 May 2012

GSI, Bonn

Toward climate smart agricultural systems: ways forward on agriculture and REDD+ 

With decades of experience in promoting land use practices and policies that safeguard natural resources for food security, FAO and its partners offer pragmatic approaches to climate change in the agricultural sectors, including fisheries and forestry. This event will present information and brief updates on FAO programmes and activities related to climate change, more specifically on climate-smart agriculture and REDD+, and provide a venue for dialogue among Parties and other stakeholders on solutions to climate mitigation and adaptation.

Presentations include:

  • Launch of “Soil carbon monitoring using surveys and modeling” publication
  • Efficiency and Resilience: Climate-Smart Agriculture and Green Economy By Alexandre Meybeck (FAO)
  • Climate-Smart Agriculture: the Danish Example By Anette Engelund Friis (Danish Farmers Organisation)
  • Agriculture Sector Wide Approach By Wilfred Lipitia (Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Malawi)
  • Transitioning to Climate-Smart Agriculture: what will it take? By Andrea Cattaneo (FAO)
  • Looking at landscapes - bridging agriculture and forestry needs By Marja-Liisa Tapio-Bistrom (FAO)
  • Advances on MRV and Monitoring for REDD+ Phase 2 - Danilo Mollicone (FAO)

Read the results from the FAO/OECD Workshop: "Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector".

17 May 2012 

20:00 - 21:30
Room: “Wind”, Ministry of Environment (MoE)  

Launch of Global Organic Soils and Peatlands Climate Change Mitigation Initiative

Peatlands are major carbon stores. However, when they are drained and used – mainly for agriculture, grazing and forestry – peatlands become significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from peatlands drainage and peat fires are responsible for almost one quarter of carbon emissions from the land use sector. Peatlands' vital role in avoiding and reducing GHG emissions, as well as in water regulation and biodiversity conservation, is insufficiently recognized. Peatlands conservation and restoration, and improved peatlands management are realistic goals and well within our grasp. It is low-hanging fruit in our efforts to make progress on climate change mitigation, adaptation and climate-smart agriculture. 

FAO and Wetlands International invite countries and observers to the launch of the global 'Organic Soils and Peatlands Climate Change Mitigation Initiative'. The event presents the activities of the Initiative to promote emissions reductions under REDD+, NAMA's and LULUCF. 

Speakers at the event include representatives from FAO, IUCN UK, CIFOR, Greifswald University and Wetlands International.

  • Download the flyer:  Launch of the global ‘Organic Soils and Peatlands Climate Change Mitigation Initiative' (waiting Docrep links)
  • Download:  Key conclusions from: ‘Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation by conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use’ (waiting Docrep links)  

A new publication ‘Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation by conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use’ will be launched in the event.