CCAFS at Bonn Climate Change Conference (SBSTA)

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Steady progress for agriculture at the UN Climate discussions in Bonn in June 2015. Photo credit: V. Meadu (CCAFS)


The 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will take place between 16 and 26 May 2016.

In 2014 the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as part of its mandate to consider issues related to agriculture, decided to invite submissions from parties and observers, covering four topics, in 2015 and 2016.

The topics to be discussed at this year's meeting are:

  1. 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. [Read CCAFS Info Note on this topic]

  2. 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. [Read CCAFS Info Note on this topic]

Workshops related to agriculture:

20 May 2016, 15:00-18:00

SBSTA workshop on agriculture: Identification of adaptation measures

23 May 2016, 10:00-13:00 (tbc), 

SBSTA workshop on agriculture: Enhancement of productivity

Official side events with CCAFS and partners:

17 May 2016, 18:30-20:00

Adapting to climate change in agricultural systems: experience from Latin America, Africa and Asia

18 May 2016, 15:00-16:30

Establishing country emission reduction targets in agriculture: What is fair, ambitious & feasible?

Eighth meeting of the Research Dialogue (RD8):

19 May 2016, 14:30-18:00

RD8 provides an environment for research organizations to share information with Parties, and encourage effective discussion between experts and Parties (a) The first thematic area is the 

Thematic areas: 

  1. Scientific analysis of pathways for achievement of the “well below 2 ºC” global temperature goal and limiting the temperature increase to 1.5 ºC, including global and regional transformation pathways and related impacts.
  2. The risks and impacts of slow-onset events as a result of climate change, particularly including temperature and those that occur in the cryosphere (sea level rise and ocean acidification) and hydrological cycle (drought). 
  • Meryl Richards (CCAFS Low Emissions Agriculture) will present on "Reducing emissions from agriculture to meet ambitious limits on global temperature increase" during a of Poster presentation, Part 2 (16:45-18:00): Supporting scientific knowledge and capacity building
  • For more information visit the RD8 webpage

For more information visit the official SBSTA 44 website.