Issues related to agriculture

Background

The Conference of the Parties at its twenty-third session, held in Bonn in 2017, adopted decision 4/CP.23 on the "Koronivia joint work on agriculture", which requests the SBSTA and the SBI to jointly address issues related to agriculture, including through workshops and expert meetings, working with constituted bodies under the Convention and taking into consideration the vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change and approaches to addressing food security. The decision identifies the following elements to start the work:

(a) Modalities for implementation of the outcomes of the five in-session workshops on issues related to agriculture and other future topics that may arise from this work;
(b) Methods and approaches for assessing adaptation, adaptation co-benefits and resilience;
(c) Improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility under grassland and cropland as well as integrated systems, including water management;
(d) Improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems;
(e) Improved livestock management systems;
(f) Socioeconomic and food security dimensions of climate change in the agricultural sector.

This page gives an overview of activities under the SBSTA and SBI on the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture and provides links to the relevant documents. A summary of former work under the SBSTA is available here: SBSTA work on agriculture.

Outlook for SBSTA/SBI 49 (December 2018)

SBSTA/SBI 49 will continue to consider issues related to agriculture, including through workshops and expert meetings, working with constituted bodies under the Convention and taking into consideration the vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change and approaches to addressing food security. The secretariat has also been requested to organize a workshop with constituted bodies under the Convention on "Modalities for implementation of the outcomes of the five in-session workshops on issues related to agriculture and other future topics that may arise from this work" in conjunction with the session in Katowice. Parties and observer organizations are invited to submit their views on the topic of this workshop by 22 October 2018. Submitted views are publicly available via the submission portal.

 

SBSTA/SBI 48 (May 2018)

SBSTA/SBI 48 continued to consider issues related to agriculture, taking into consideration the vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change and approaches to addressing food security. As a result of discussions in May, Parties agreed on the Koronivia road map with six workshops to be organized in conjunction with UNFCCC sessions between 2018 and 2020. The agreed topics of the workshops are:

(a) Modalities for implementation of the outcomes of the five in-session workshops on issues related to agriculture and other future topics that may arise from this work;
(b) Methods and approaches for assessing adaptation, adaptation co-benefits and resilience;
(c) Improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility under grassland and cropland as well as integrated systems, including water management;
(d) Improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems;
(e) Improved livestock management systems;
(f) Socioeconomic and food security dimensions of climate change in the agricultural sector.

Parties and observer organizations are invited to submit their views on the topics of each workshop by the deadlines given in the Koronivia road map via the submission portal.The detailed Koroniva road map is available in annex I to the SBSTA report or the SBI report