Climate Change

Reporting on adaptation in the agriculture and land use sectors: Local climate vulnerability assessments

23 November 2021, 11:00 am (Rome, GMT +2)

The event aims to introduce adaptation reporting for the Biennial Transparency Reports under the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) of the Paris Agreement. It focuses on the ETF's Element A (National circumstances, institutional arrangements and legal framework), Element B (Impacts, risks and vulnerabilities) and Element C (Adaptation priorities and barriers) of the Modalities, Procedures and Guidelines (MPGs).

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Main objectives

This webinar is divided into two parts. 

Part 1 aims to improve understanding of:

  • the role of the Biennial Transparency Report (BTR) in the Paris Agreement's transparency arrangement
  • the adaptation reporting requirements of Elements A-B-C of the Modalities, Procedures and Guidelines (MPGs)
  • how vulnerability and resilience assessments can inform Element B (Impacts, risks and vulnerabilities) of the MPGs

Part 2 aims to:

  • introduce an FAO methodology for local vulnerability assessment (SHARP)
  • present country experiences from Switzerland and Tanzania on local vulnerability assessments






Opening remarks and introduction to the FAO Transparency Network

Mirella Salvatore (FAO)


ETF Adaptation reporting


Adaptation reporting under the BTR (Elements A,B,C)

Illari Aragon (IIED)


The use of local climate resilience assessmentfor adaptation reporting

Elisa Distefano (FAO)


FAO methodology and practical experience on local vulnerability assessment


Introduction to the FAO Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of Climate Resilience of Farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP) methodology

Suzanne Philipps (FAO)


Switzerland: Country experience using SHARP

Ulysse Le Goff (ETH)


Tanzania: Country experience using SHARP

Jonathan Sawaya (FAO)




Closing remarks


Illari Argon (IIED)

Illari Argon (IIED)

Illari, a lawyer, is a specialist in the UN climate negotiations and provides technical advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group. She works with LDC lead negotiators with a focus on transparency and climate finance. Illari also works on capacity development activities seeking to implement Paris Agreement commitments in LDCs.

Elisa Distefano (FAO)

Elisa Distefano (FAO)

Elisa is an Environmental and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) and adaptation specialist in FAO’s “Global capacity-building towards enhanced transparency in the AFOLU sector (CBIT-AFOLU)“ and “Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through NDCs and National Adaptation Plans (SCALA)” teams. She has been working since 2005 with FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Bioversity International, and several NGOs and research institutions in both developed and developing countries on the implementation of GEF, CBIT, ASAP and GCF projects. She holds an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation.

Ulysse Le Goff (ETH)

Ulysse Le Goff (ETH)

Ulysse Le Goff is a socio-economist and PhD student at the Public University in Zürich. He is investigating the dynamics and potential of agroforestry in Switzerland. His 2016 Master thesis focused on Senegalese farmers’ adaptation to climate and policy changes. He is currently working on the concept and assessment of resilience, as part of a project for the Canton de Vaud’s agricultural services to investigate the dynamics and potential of agroforestry in Switzerland.

Suzanne Philipps (FAO)

Suzanne Philipps (FAO)

Suzanne joined FAO in 2013. She provides technical support to community-led resilience projects across a range of themes: climate change adaptation, agroforestry, agroecological transition, local empowerment and collective action. In 2015, she co-developed the SHARP tool for assessing smallholders’ resilience. Since then, she has carried out several research studies and project assessments to explore and assess the climate resilience of farmers in collaboration with partners from research, development and government institutions. Before joining the FAO, she worked at the European Commission at the CTA and as a freelance evaluation consultant. She has a BA in Biological Sciences and a MSc in Environment and Development.

Jonathan Sawaya (FAO)

Jonathan Sawaya (FAO)

Jonathan Sawaya has a Masters of Science in Climate and Society and Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Environment Studies. He is currently working as a National Project Development Assistant for FAO. He has experience and expertise in implementing and designing projects in multiple sectors including: environmental and natural resources management (biodiversity conservation); forestry; integrated landscape management; climate change; agriculture; integrated water resource management; and in designing and developing project proposals.

Mirella Salvatore (FAO)

Mirella Salvatore (FAO)

Mirella Salvatore is the project coordinator of the FAO “Global capacity-building towards enhanced transparency in the AFOLU sector (CBIT-AFOLU)“ project funded by the GEF CBIT funds. She is also leading the coordination of FAO efforts on the Enhanced Transparency Framework.
Mirella has worked at FAO since 2002 and has more than 10 years of national and international experience in climate change, supporting countries to establish and enhance sustainable Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems, with a focus on national GHG inventories to meet transparency requirements.
She is an economist with a PhD in Statistics and has long-term experience in GIS and remote sensing.

Related resources

Cabell, J. F., & Oelofse, M. (2012). Ecology and Society: An Indicator Framework for Assessing Agroecosystem Resilience. Journal Ecology and Society, 17(1)

Choptiany, John M.H., Phillips, S., Graeub, B. E., Colozza, D., Settle, W., Herren, B., & Batello, C. (2017). SHARP: integrating a traditional survey with participatory self-evaluation and learning for climate change resilience assessment. Climate and Development, 9(6), 505–517

Choptiany, John Michael Humphries, Graeub, B. E., Hatik, S., Conversa, D., & Ledermann, S. T. (2019). Participatory Assessment and Adaptation for Resilience to Climate Change. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 21(1), 17–31

Le Goff, U., Sander, A., Hernandez, M., Barjolle, D., Phillips, S., & Six, J. (2022). Raising up to the climate challenge - Understanding and assessing farmers’ strategies to build their resilience. A comparative analysis between Ugandan and Swiss farmers. Journal of Rural Studies, 89(November 2021), 1–12.

SHARP and the Enhanced Transparency Framework ( English,  French, Spanish)

SHARP website


The webinar is organized by the Transparency in agriculture and land use sectors team in FAO's Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment. For more details about the learning event, please contact [email protected]