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Issues relating to agriculture
 
Background

The Conference of the Parties at its seventeenth session, held in Durban in 2011, by pdf-icon decision 2/CP.17 "Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention" requested the SBSTA to consider issues relating to agriculture, with the aim of exchanging views. 

 


Outlook for SBSTA 44 (May 2016)

SBSTA 40 invited Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit to the secretariat by 9 March 2016 their views on issues relating to the following elements:

  • Identification of adaptation measures, taking into account the diversity of the agricultural systems, indigenous knowledge systems and the differences in scale as well as possible co-benefits and sharing experiences in research and development and on the ground activities, including socioeconomic, environmental and gender aspects;

  • Identification and assessment of agricultural practices and technologies to enhance productivity in a sustainable manner, food security and resilience, considering the differences in agro-ecological zones and farming systems, such as different grassland and cropland practices and systems.
The SBSTA also requested the secretariat to compile these views into a miscellaneous document and to organize two in-session workshops on the elements referred to above, in conjunction with SBSTA 44 (the relevant mandates are contained in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2014/2, paragraph 87 and 88).

SBSTA 44 will be invited to consider the miscellaneous document referred to above, to continue consideration of the reports contained in documentspdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.6 and pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.7, and to determine the need for any further action.



SBSTA 43 (December 2015)

SBSTA 43 took note of the reports on the two in-session workshops organized by the secretariat in conjunction with SBSTA 42, pursuant to the mandate set out in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2014/2, paragraph 88, contained in documents pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.6 and pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.7.

The SBSTA agreed to continue its consideration of these reports at SBSTA 44 (May 2016) and, together with the reports on the two in-session workshops to be held at SBSTA 44 on the issues referred to in document FCCC/SBSTA/2014/2, paragraph 85(c) and (d), at SBSTA 45 (November 2016), in accordance with document FCCC/SBSTA/2014/2, paragraphs 83–89.



SBSTA 42 (June 2015)

SBSTA 42, recalling Article 9 of the Convention, on the basis of the objective, principles and provisions of the Convention, continued, in accordance with decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 75, its scientific and technical work on issues relating to agriculture in the areas of (a) development of early warning systems and contingency plans in relation to extreme weather events and its effects such as desertification, drought, floods, landslides, storm surge, soil erosion and saline water intrusion, and (b) assessment of risk and vulnerability of agricultural systems to different climate change scenarios at the regional, national and local levels, including but not limited to pests and diseases; and will continue its work referred to in document FCCC/SBSTA/2014/2, paragraphs 87–89.

The SBSTA took note of the views submitted by Parties (contained in pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2015/MISC.1 , pdf-icon Add.1 , pdf-icon Add.2 and pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2015/MISC.2 ) and admitted observer organizations (available here) in response to the invitation made at SBSTA 40.

The SBSTA acknowledged with appreciation the rich exchange of views by Parties during the two in-session workshops held at this session (see below), and agreed to consider the reports on those workshops at SBSTA 43.

All documents relating to the in-session workshop on the development of early warning systems and contingency plans in relation to extreme weather events and its effects such as desertification, drought, floods, landslides, storm surge, soil erosion, and saline water intrusion are available here.

All documents relating to the in-session workshop on the assessment of risk and vulnerability of agricultural systems to different climate change scenarios at regional, national and local levels, including but not limited to pests and diseases. are available here.

The conclusions on this agenda item are contained in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2015/2 (paragraphs 25 - 27).



SBSTA 40 (June 2014)
 
SBSTA 40 took note of the pdf-icon report of the in-session workshop on the current state of scientific knowledge on how to enhance the adaptation of agriculture to climate change impacts while promoting rural development, sustainable development and productivity of agricultural systems and food security in all countries, particularly in developing countries, taking into account the diversity of the agricultural systems and the differences in scale as well as possible adaptation co-benefits. The SBSTA also took note of views submitted by Parties (contained in pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.17 and pdf-icon Add.1 and pdf-icon Add.2) and admitted observer organizations.

The SBSTA, recalling Article 9 of the Convention, on the basis of the objective, principles and provisions of the Convention, in accordance with decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 75, continued discussions and concluded that it would undertake scientific and technical work, taking into account the conclusions of SBSTA 38, in the following areas:
  • (a) Development of early warning systems and contingency plans in relation to extreme weather events and its effects such as desertification, drought, floods, landslides, storm surge, soil erosion, and saline water intrusion;

  • (b) Assessment of risk and vulnerability of agricultural systems to different climate change scenarios at regional, national and local levels, including but not limited to pests and diseases;

  • (c) Identification of adaptation measures, taking into account the diversity of the agricultural systems, indigenous knowledge systems and the differences in scale as well as possible co-benefits and sharing experiences in research and development and on the ground activities, including socioeconomic, environmental and gender aspects;

  • (d) Identification and assessment of agricultural practices and technologies to enhance productivity in a sustainable manner, food security and resilience, considering the differences in agro-ecological zones and farming systems, such as different grassland and cropland practices and systems.

The SBSTA invited Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit to the secretariat their views on issues relating to the elements referred to in bullets (a) and (b) above by 25 March 2015, and requested the secretariat to compile them into a miscellaneous document for consideration at SBSTA 42.

The SBSTA also invited Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit to the secretariat their views on issues relating to the elements referred to in bullets (c) and (d) above by 9 March 2016, and requested the secretariat to compile the views into a miscellaneous document for consideration at SBSTA 44.

The SBSTA requested the secretariat to organize two in-session workshops on the elements referred to in bullets (a) and (b) above, in conjunction with SBSTA 42, and also organize two in-session workshops on the elements referred to in bullets (c) and (d) above, in conjunction with SBSTA 44.

It further requested the secretariat to prepare a report on each of these workshops, with the first two reports for consideration at SBSTA 43, and the other two reports for consideration at SBSTA 45.

The conclusions on this agenda item are contained in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2014/2 (paragraphs 81 - 90).



SBSTA 39 (November 2013)
 
SBSTA 39 acknowledged with appreciation the rich exchange of views by Parties during the in-session workshop on the current state of scientific knowledge on how to enhance the adaptation of agriculture to climate change impacts while promoting rural development, sustainable development and productivity of agricultural systems and food security in all countries, particularly in developing countries, taking into account the diversity of the agricultural systems and the differences in scale as well as possible adaptation co-benefits, and agreed to consider at SBSTA 40 the report of this workshop.

The workshop agenda, presentations, statements and report are available here.

The conclusions on this agenda item are contained in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2013/5 (paragraphs 57 - 60).



SBSTA 38 (June 2013)
 
SBSTA 38 invited Parties and admitted observer organizations to submit to the secretariat, their views on the current state of scientific knowledge on how to enhance the adaptation of agriculture to climate change impacts while promoting rural development, sustainable development and productivity of agricultural systems and food security in all countries, particularly in developing countries. This should take into account the diversity of the agricultural systems and the differences in scale as well as possible adaptation co-benefits. The SBSTA requested the secretariat to compile these submissions into a miscellaneous document (pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.17 and pdf-icon Add.1 and pdf-icon Add.2) for consideration at SBSTA 39.

The SBSTA also requested the secretariat to organize an in-session workshop at SBSTA 39 on the issues mentioned above and prepare a report on the workshop for consideration at SBSTA 40.

The conclusions on this agenda item are contained in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2013/3 (paragraphs 78 - 85).



SBSTA 37 (December 2012)
 
SBSTA 37 continued its exchange of views on issues relating to agriculture.

The conclusions for this agenda item are contained in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2012/5 (paragraphs 66 - 67).



SBSTA 36 (May 2012)

SBSTA 36 initiated, in accordance with decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 75, an exchange of views on issues relating to agriculture.

Parties and admitted observer organizations submitted their views following the invitation contained in decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 76. The secretariat compiled these submissions into a document pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.6 and pdf-icon Add.1, pdf-icon Add.2 and pdf-icon Add.3 according to the request contained in decision 2/CP.17, paragraph 77.

The conclusions on this agenda item are contained in document pdf-icon FCCC/SBSTA/2012/2 (paragraphs 51 - 53).

Key documents related to agriculture

pdf-icon decision 2/CP.17 "Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention"
 
Recent developments

SBSTA 44 (May 2016)

In-session workshop on
the identification of adaptation measures, taking into account the diversity of the agricultural systems, indigenous knowledge systems and the differences in scale as well as possible co-benefits and sharing experiences in research and development and on the ground activities, including socioeconomic, environmental and gender aspects.

In-session workshop on
the identification and assessment of agricultural practices and technologies to enhance productivity in a sustainable manner, food security and resilience, considering the differences in agro-ecological zones and farming systems, such as different grassland and cropland practices and systems.



SBSTA 42 (June 2015) 

In-session workshop on
the development of early warning systems and contingency plans in relation to extreme weather events and its effects such as desertification, drought, floods, landslides, storm surge, soil erosion, and saline water intrusion.

In-session workshop on
the assessment of risk and vulnerability of agricultural systems to different climate change scenarios at regional, national and local levels, including but not limited to pests and diseases.

 

SBSTA 39 (November 2013)

In-session workshop on
the current state of scientific knowledge on how to enhance the adaptation of agriculture to climate change impacts while promoting rural development, sustainable development and productivity of agricultural systems and food security in all countries, particularly in developing countries, taking into account the diversity of the agricultural systems and the differences in scale as well as possible adaptation co-benefits .