Tag: Agriculture

CAN Submission to KJWA: Socioeconomic and Food Security Dimensions of Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector, November 2020

The current global food system is both a victim and a driver of climate change. Agriculture is a sector that is highly vulnerable to the impacts associated with the rise in global temperatures and changes in water cycles. At the same time, the sector is also a major contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, land degradation and biodiversity loss. Agriculture in the context of climate change has many intersecting socio-economic dimensions including food security and other issues. Some types of agriculture are more harmful, and more vulnerable than others; and there are key strategies available that can address multiple climate, food security and other socio-economic dimensions of agriculture.

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CAN Submission to KJWA: Improved livestock management systems, including agropastoral production systems November 2020

The scale of livestock production, facilitated by the global shift towards industrialisation, is a major contributor to climate change. This model of production causes significant harm to biodiversity, air, soil, and water pollution which in turn demonstrably contribute to and are worsened by climate change. Moreover, industrial animal farming contributes to increased zoonoses and other public health impacts and negatively affects farmers’ and workers’ rights and animal welfare. However, livestock can be a beneficial part of agricultural landscapes, improving soil fertility, biodiversity and agricultural diversification. It is integral to many farming systems, playing an important economic and socio-cultural role in rural households. Depending on its management and relation to global value chains, livestock rearing can have a dramatically different environmental, climatic, social and animal welfare impact. Well-managed pasture-based systems can contribute to climate resilience and adaptation.

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CAN Submission to KJWA: Improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems, October 2019

With regard to the issues of nutrient use, manure management, and sustainable and resilient agricultural systems, the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) should pay special attention to the climate, socio-economic and environmental harm caused by the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers, in contrast to the multiple advantages conferred through the use of agroecological practices.

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CAN Briefing: UNFCCC SB50, May 2019

In 2019 we only have 11 years left to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis as warned by the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C. Outside of the negotiations, people are declaring a state of emergency for their futures. To not fail the people who refuse to accept excuses for inaction, negotiations at SB50 must deliver significant progress and serve as a moment to build momentum to enable greater ambition in 2019.

At COP24, parties agreed largely on common guidelines for the Paris Agreement and a COP decision which clearly highlights the need to initiate national processes to enhance NDCs by 2020. However, COP24 fell significantly short in political will to tackle the emergency of the climate crisis and make concrete commitments to enhance NDCs: The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C makes clear we need to act now to cut emissions in half by 2030.

In 2019 countries need to significantly advance progress and deliver a package of ambitious deliveries in three key areas: Enhancing mitigation ambition, providing and scaling up support, and addressing climate impacts.

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Climate Action Network Submission: Elements to be included in Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) May, 2019

At COP23, Decision –CP/23 invited parties and observers to submit their views on the joint SBSTA-SBI work known as the “Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture” (KJWA), to inform workshops to be held atSB50 on the topics of:  2(b) Methods and approaches for assessing adaptation, adaptation co-benefits and resilience) and 2(c) Improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility under grassland and cropland as well as integrated systems, including water management.

Part One of this submission outlines recommendations for “Modalities and Procedures” with the purpose of shaping the KJWA mode of working to be effective, rigorous and relevant; Part Two responds specifically to 2b) and 2c) under the heading “Technical Content” with the purpose of sharing CAN members’ knowledge and expertise on technical issues related to agriculture and climate change.

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary, Spanish: Katowice - Impulsando el Acuerdo de París a la Acción, November 2018

El informe del IPCC sobre 1.5ºC es una alarma de alerta a la humanidad sobre la urgencia de la crisis climática. El reporte refleja que incluso medio grado de calentamiento hace una gran diferencia en términos de impactos, más de lo que se conocía antes. También refleja que algunas comunidades y ecosistemas ya están siendo forzados a superar los límites de la adaptación. El informe muestra además que las herramientas necesarias para alcanzar las metas del Acuerdo de París de limitar el calentamiento global a 1.5ºC están dentro del alcance de la ciencia y de la capacidad humana. Es económica y técnicamente factible, pero necesitamos voluntad política ahora mismo. 

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary, French: Katowice - Transformer l’Accord de Paris en Action, November 2018

Le rapport du GIEC sur l’objectif de 1.5 ° C apparait comme une sirène alertant l’humanité sur l’urgence de la crise climatique. Le rapport montre que même un demi-degré de réchauffement aurait une énorme différence en termes d’impacts; bien au-délà de ce que qui était anticipé jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Ce rapport met aussi en évidence que certaines communautés et certains écosystèmes ont déjà atteint les limites de leurs capacités d›adaptation. Il démontre également que l’humanité dispose des ressources techniques et humaines nécessaires pour atteindre l’objectif fixé par l’accord de Paris de limiter le réchauffement de la planète à 1,5 ° C. Il s’agit d’un défi économiquement viable et techniquement réalisable, mais pour y arriver l’humanité a besoin d’une volonté politique réelle. 

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary, Arabic: Katowice - Spurring the Paris Agreement to Action, November 2018

تقرير الهيئة الحكومية المعنية بتغير المناخ الـ IPCCحول 1.5 درجة مئوية هو صافرة إنذار لتنبيه الإنسانية إلى الحاجة الملحة حول أزمة المناخ. ويبين التقرير أنه ومع نصف درجة مئوية من الحرارة، يمكنه ان يحدث فرقا كبيرا من حيث الآثار وأكثر بكثير مما كان معروفا في السابق.

لكنه يظهر أيضا أن بعض المجتمعات والنظم الإيكولوجية فعليا، يتم إجبارها على حدود التكيف.

يوضح التقرير أيضا الأدوات اللازمة لتحقيق أهداف اتفاقية باريس للحد من ارتفاع درجات الحرارة الى 1.5 درجة مئوية.  والتي تعد ممكنة اقتصاديا وتقنيا، ولكن ينقصها الإرادة السياسية في الوقت الحالي.

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary, Russian Translation: Katowice - Spurring the Paris Agreement to Action, November 2018

Специальный доклад МГЭИК по цели 1,5°C прозвучал тревожным сигналом, предупреждающим человечество о необходимости в срочном порядке принять меры для урегулирования климатического кризиса. Согласно докладу, потепление даже на половину градуса имеет огромное значение с точки зрения воздействий, это – больше, чем было известно ранее. Доклад также свидетельствует о том, что для некоторых сообществ и экосистем ситуация выходит за пределы возможности адаптации. Кроме того, в докладе продемонстрировано, что инструменты, необходимые для достижения цели Парижского соглашения по ограничению роста температуры на планете до 1,5°C, относятся к сфере науки и человеческому потенциалу. Это осуществимо с экономической и технической точки зрения, но нам понадобится политическая воля уже сегодня.

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CAN Annual Policy Document, Executive Summary: Katowice - Spurring the Paris Agreement to Action, November 2018

The IPCC report on 1.5°C is a siren alerting humanity to the urgency of the climate crisis. The report shows even half a degree of warming makes a huge difference in terms of impacts; more than was previously known. It also shows that, already, some communities and ecosystems are being forced beyond the limits of adaptation. The report further demonstrates the tools needed to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C are within the scope of science and human capability. It is economically and technically feasible, but we need political will right now.

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