Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5: Solutions for People in Drylands and Beyond provides a unique opportunity for the natural resource and agriculture community to share solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural landscapes. The event will provide a venue to engage with key stakeholders and decision makers, and develop solutions that can feed into 2013 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) discussions. The event will take place alongside the UNFCCC 18th Conference of Parties (COP18) in Doha, Qatar on 3 December 2012.
The objective of the ALL 5 Day is to create a exchange of knowledge that focuses on identifying:
- Existing, scalable solutions to specific mitigation and adaptation challenges that can benefit farmers, in particular small scale farmers;
- Gaps where there are limited existing solutions or limited available knowledge;
- Potential trade-offs in implementing existing, known solutions.
To ground the event is its location, and to help bring focus to the discussions, the event will take as one of its starting points the dry areas of the world.
The one-day event will give voice to a wide cross section of people working on agriculture, forestry, landscapes, food security and rural development. The focus will be on sharing between participants and leveraging expertise, positioning the ALL 5 Day as the hub for the agriculture and climate change community.
The day will be structured around a thematically-focused plenary session, a series of roundtable discussions to address specific questions, an “Ideas Marketplace” as well as closing opening and closing keynotes.
The Roundtables will look at a series of specific questions on which participants are expected to share their expertise and knowledge in order to identify possible solutions, areas for action and challenges.
The Ideas Marketplace will provide a complementary opportunity to highlight specific activities, projects, tools, or technologies currently being implemented or developed and which could be part of the ‘solutions’ discussed earlier in the day.
Outcomes of the sessions will be compiled and used as an outcome document to feed into 2013 policy processes such as meetings of the United Nations Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).
Since 2009, Agriculture Day has played an evolving role. The event was key from the start to raise awareness of the role of agriculture and give greater visibility to the discussions on agriculture in UNFCCC. Subsequently, by providing a unifying platform for different constituencies, Agriculture Day was able to push forward to negotiators a strong message in favour of a work programme. The event alongside the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in June 2012 also helped broaden the reach and reaffirm the centrality of agriculture and climate change to development.
Now that the climate change negotiations have evolved, the new Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day has the opportunity to continue to add value and help discussions progress by leveraging the cumulated expertise and knowledge that the organisers and event participants bring to the table.