Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme

Asia and the Pacific

MICCA provides support to the governments in the Asia and the Pacific region. An important part of MICCA's programme on capacity development is to support the regular development and submission of national GHG inventories to the UNFCCC. Focus has been given to regional, sub-regional and country level activities.

MICCA contributes to climate change discussions in Asia and the Pacific and has participated in several workshops. For more information refer to MICCA's presentations

MICCA support for NDC implementation and GHG data in Asia and the Pacific

2017: Workshop on “Climate Action for Agriculture in Asia: Strengthening the role of scientific foresight and CSA in addressing NDC priorities”. The aim of the event was to provide countries in the region with information on how to achieve their NDC targets for the agriculture and land-use sectors, through improved use of scientific information in sector planning and enhanced public and private sector engagement in accelerating Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) investments. FAO coordinated interactive activities amongst representatives from Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Finance in 7 countries, aiming to enhance the understanding of CSA in achieving mitigation and adaptation priorities in the NDCs and in linking NDCs priorities to public and private investment, and to identify current gaps in NDCs to strengthen foresight analysis for related policy and implementation plans. The output of the workshop included country-specific pre-2020 roadmaps for sector level-engagement in addressing the NDC targets for agriculture sectors, as well as strategies for public and private sector engagement and climate investment in NDC action plans. 

2016: Workshop on “On the road to enhanced transparency for NDC Implementation: Understanding capacity needs for the Enhanced Transparency Framework in the agriculture and land use sectors in Asia and the Pacific”. The objective of the workshop was to strengthen country capacity to prepare for implementation and monitoring of NDCs under the Paris Agreement. The MICCA Programme provided technical support to representatives from Ministries of Agriculture and Environment, as well as National Forestry Agencies, from around 10 countries on the basic requirements and steps to establish national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems for tracking progress on mitigation and adaptation actions in respective NDCs to the UNFCCC, as well as increasing awareness of the institutional arrangements and capacities needed for complying with ETF requirements. The output of the workshop was a regional roadmap for capacity building for NDC preparation, implementation monitoring and reporting in the agriculture, forestry and other land use sectors for Asia and the Pacific.

2015: Workshop on “Making the UNFCCC work for Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific: Advancing regional priorities to tackle the impact of climate change on crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture”. The aim of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for country representatives from the region to identify ways to better leverage the UNFCCC Framework for delivering climate-resilient, low emissions development solutions in the agriculture sectors. The MICCA Programme provided technical support to representatives from Ministries of Agriculture and Environment in 14 countries in Asia and the Pacific on three main fronts: identifying technical challenges and opportunities for moving from INDCs to NDCs; formulating Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the agriculture sectors; and leveraging finance options, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF), for action on climate change in the agriculture sectors. 

2013: Workshop on Thematic Geospatial Information in Tropical Peatlands for Agriculture, Bogor, Indonesia. The objectives of the workshop were to initiate a GHG emissions reduction process, to identify resources and needs for a national map of peatlands in Indonesia, and to begin the development of national mitigation programmes with a focus on peatlands. To this end, the workshop addressed the state of knowledge on peatlands management and related GHG emissions in South East Asia. As a result, collaboration with FAO to provide support to Indonesia and south eastern Asian countries for the preparation of national inventories, BURs, and peatland mapping is under discussion.

2012: Inception Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Statistics in Viet Nam. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness on agricultural statistics in the context of UNFCCC national GHG reporting processes, to assess technical and institutional gaps, and to facilitate a dialogue among Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, National Statistical Agencies, and Bureaus responsible for national GHG reporting. The workshop, which was organised in liaison with the FAO Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS), was attended by 18 Asian countries. Participants used the opportunity to share their experiences and to begin working toward solutions to the challenges they are tackling in their respective countries.