Following the initial consensus reached by climate negotiators in COP21 and recent key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Katowice during COP24, the Paris rulebook has been generally agreed upon, (although some areas have been pushed to COP 25). The new international climate regime that has been agreed upon mandating countries to report progress in achieving their NDC plans. A number of countries in the ACP are exploring various land use and production systems that help them to meet their commitment under the NDC and the new mandate require of them. One of such is agroforestry systems, a land use system with great potential to fulfil commitments set out in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Climate Accord. It has the potential of doing so through several ways. But few policy makers, civil society leaders, business people, farmers, NGO managers or media practitioners have an entirely firm grasp of what agroforestry is and the mechanisms by which it draws carbon from the atmosphere, while at the same time increasing resilience.
Supporting ACP countries to meet their NDCs through agroforestry
Through the event, the co-organisers seeks to build the capacity of delegates from ACP countries to fast track the implementation of interventions which accelerate the achievement of their country NDCs. This will be done by facilitate hosting of a technical training cum policy session focusing on ACP nationals during the World Congress on Agroforestry in Montpellier, France. Presentations and exercises will be evidence and science-based but also practical, interactive and easy to understand for lay people or people as yet unfamiliar with agroforestry and climate change concepts.
Topics to be included in the course will include the following: What are the NDCs, and what does the Paris Climate Agreement say about agriculture? What is agroforestry and why and how is it climate smart? Turning soil into a carbon sink with agroforestry? How can governments, NGOs and farmers work together for the NDCs?
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.
The French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. CIRAD is a public establishment (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Its activities concern the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, the environment and territorial management. Its work centres on several main topics: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation.