Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement | SBSTA 46

Gabor Figeczky, Advocacy Manager at IFOAM - Organics International, speaking about the multiple benefits of organic agriculture. 

The 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) takes place from 8 to 18 May 2017 in the World Conference Centre, Bonn, Germany. The purpose of these negotiations is to make progress on implementing the Paris Agreement. 

On 10 May Gabor Figeczky, Advocacy Manager, highlighted the benefits of organic at a FAO event examining how agricultural initiatives can mitigate climate change.

In addition, IFOAM – Organics International, representing the organic farming movement in the farmers’ constituency, has joined forces with the Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA) to campaign for effective climate actions in the land sector that do not jeopardize human rights and ecosystems.

The land sector already plays an increasingly important role in climate action. Poor land use practices can and have caused massive releases of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from carbon stocks. Good practice is essential to limit further releases, and to protect and increase the existing carbon storage capacity of the land sector.

We are calling on parties to remember the multiple functions of land such as providing food, homes, habitats, water, and livelihoods. Thus, strategies for the land sector must:

Ensure

  • Food security and human rights
  • Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities at all stages
  • Halting of deforestation and degradation, and protection and restoration of degraded forests and ecosystems
  • Security of land rights, including collective land rights
  •  Counting of emissions from the burning of biomass
  • Reduction of non-carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrialized agriculture systems, such as methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O)
  • Agro-ecological approaches for agricultural adaptation strategies
  • A scaling-up of climate finance and addressing the particularly large gap in adaptation 

Avoid

  • Attempts to use terrestrial carbon sinks to offset fossil carbon emissions
  • Unreliable accounting for soil carbon removals
  • Harmful geo-engineering experiments or large-scale land use for Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)
  • Strategies that increase the risk of forced land acquisitions from indigenous peoples and local communities
  • Counterproductive “Climate Smart Agriculture” approaches

You can read more here.

IFOAM – Organics International is also showcasing the climate and sustainable development benefits of organic agriculture on 11 May when Gabor Figeczky, Advocacy Manager, will speak about the importance of investing in organic agriculture. He will highlight how organic farming practices can increase yield while keeping emissions low - a win-win scenario for people and planet. You can find the full agenda here. (p.6)

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