A paper on Land use and the Koronivia Joint Work programme

Project leaderVincent Gitz
Project statusON-GOING
Project start2019-11-02
Project end2020-06-15

At the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP 23), Parties reached a decision on next steps for agriculture within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA). This decision is the first substantive outcome and COP decision in the history of the agenda item on agriculture, which has been under negotiation since 2011. The decision requests the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to jointly address issues related to agriculture, including through workshops and expert meetings, working with constituted bodies under the Convention and taking into consideration the vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change and approaches to addressing food security.

Then, at their 48th session (SB 48), the SBI and the SBSTA jointly agreed on a more precise roadmap of the KJWA. This roadmap provides a timeline for in-session workshops on each of the six topics listed in Decision 4/CP.23, starting at SB 49 in December 2018 and ending in 2020.

Recently, in Katowice during COP 24 in December 2018, most agriculture negotiators emphasized the urgent need to highlight the following:
.     How can the Constituted Bodies under the Convention contribute to work on agriculture; and
.     How to move from procedural considerations to practical actions such as, informing and accelerating actions on the ground.

Issues related to agriculture are linked to the broader question of land use, of the interrelations between different land uses, of their evolutions and potential contributions to climate change action and to sustainable development. Taking these interrelations into account would enable the KJW to better build upon synergies and address trade offs between different options. In this perspective FAO and FTA aim to explore the question of land use in relation to the KJW, starting from interrelations between different land uses, their dynamics and their overall potential contributions to climate change action and to sustainable development, taking into account synergies and trade offs.

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