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Collaboration was key at COP 19

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1Dec
Collaborative efforts were the theme of the UNFCCC COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, in November, 2013.
Though many diverse populations were represented at the COP, all agreed that there isn’t just one path to coping with climate change.  It takes efforts on many levels from many groups to find sustainable solutions
“Coping with climate change requires action on three fronts: mitigation, adaptation and development,” said INBAR Director General Coosje Hoogendoorn.  “Agriculture and forestry are sectors likely to be very hard hit by climate change, but also sectors that have the potential to deliver significantly on all of these three challenges.”

The Global Landscapes Forum at COP 19 saw many calls for a holistic approach to combating climate change through healthy landscapes and agriculture.  For its part, INBAR collaborated with the newly-formed nine member alliance AIRCA (Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture), of which INBAR is a member.

AIRCA’s white paper launch party at the Global Landscapes Forum

AIRCA launched its white paper, “Transforming rural livelihoods and landscapes: sustainable improvements to incomes, food security and the environment,” at the forum.The widespread impacts of climate change were also a topic of discussion, particularly the impact on food security. According to Dennis Rangi of CAB International, an AIRCA member, “Though most of the world’s food is produced by small-scale farmers, it is they who are the most vulnerable when it comes to food production.”“We have to bring in agriculture and other land uses into the solutions,” said Peter Holmgren, CIFOR Director General, in an interview with Climate Change TV at the COP.

Identifying itself with this holistic landscapes approach, INBAR launched its own Working Paper 74, Forests beyond trees: NTFPS as tools for climate change mitigation and adaptation.  The paper explores the potential of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in the fight against climate change.  INBAR emphasized the need to include other forestry components, such as bamboo and rattan, in climate change mitigation and adaptation work.

INBAR also worked with the China Green Carbon Foundation in a joint event on property rights and the standardization of forestry carbon sinks.  At the event a publication describing the Methodology for Carbon Accounting and Monitoring of Bamboo Afforestation Projects in China, which includes the original Chinese text and the new English translation, was launched.  Truly a group effort, this methodology was originally developed with China Green Carbon Foundation (CGCF), Zhejiang A&F University (ZAFU), the Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry of the Chinese Academy of Forestry) (RISF-CAF) and INBAR and ZAFU’s Center for China-Africa Agriculture and Forestry Research Center (CAFOR).

In particular this year, INBAR brought a holistic view to the COP, with and through its partners – its member countries, the members of the non-timber forests products partnership, and the other action research Centres of the AIRCA association- to create synergy for efficiently tackling climate change, because coping with climate change requires a coordinated effort, now more than ever.