IFOAM at the UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn, 2010

"High Sequestration, Low Emission, Food Secure Farming"

IFOAM actively lobbied for Organic Agriculture at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn from May 31 - June 11, 2010. 

Activities included:

  • A side event under the title “High sequestration, low emission, food secure farming” presented by Robert Jordan on Thursday, 03 Jun 2010 at 19:45—21:15 in the Solar (MoE) room. IFOAM and IATP presented effective, affordable, locally appropriate mitigation and adaptation practices for integration into action plans and policies. Organic agriculture captures high levels of CO2, conserves soil, water and fossil fuels, protects carbon-rich ecosystems and improves food security. Presentations made at the event are available for download in the list of links to the right.
  • IFOAM set up a booth to meet and greet interested parties and organizations, from May 31st until June 5th (9 am until 9 pm). We shared our newest publications – the IFOAM Climate Change Guide, African Case Studies on Adaptation and the collected Case Studies on Mitigation – and helped raise awareness about the important role of organic agriculture in climate change mitigation and adaptation. 
  • IFOAM also worked with FiBL (The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture)IATP (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy) and other partners to advocate for policies favorable to smallholder farmers and to local people, including indigenous people. Policies should incentivize sustainable and fair agriculture and promote local food security and local livelihoods. 
  • After the chaos of CoP15 in Copenhagen, the emergence of the Copenhagen Accord that almost derailed the whole UNFCCC process (and may still do) and the Bolivian-led People’s Agreement of Cochabamba, the United Nations may still yet reach an agreement at CoP16 in Cancún in December 2010. The talks in Bonn were an important step on the way to

PDF Downloads: 

Overview of Bonn Climate Change Talks

Robert Jordan 's introduction

Andreas Gattinger on eco-intensification

Hailu Araya: ecological agriculture in Ethiopia

Neth Dano: incentivizing small scale sustainable agriculture

IFOAM released a series of videos related to each conference day