Achieving the common goal of resilient and low-emission landscapes in the Asia-Pacific region will require joint actions. The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) (UNFCCC, the United Nations Climate Change Conference) in 2021 acknowledged that transition is essential in achieving a sustainable and climate-resilient food system. To keep up the COP26 momentum and as preparation of the upcoming COP27 in 2022, the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) and its development partners are jointly organising a series of events in March 2022.
‘Scaling up Climate Actions for Resilient and Low Emission Landscapes in Asia and Pacific: In the Lead up to COP27’ is a series of virtual events held in March 2022. The events serve as a platform for policy-makers, experts and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region to continue discussing and analysing the results of the conference. Moreover, stakeholders will identify forward-looking actions in the region, particularly in the land-use sector and climate-change activities, highlighting best practices in countries in Asia and Pacific.
Climate policies and joint actions
The opening programme on 1 March kicked off the series. Organisations’ representatives speaking at the opening programme resonated with one another, highlighting the importance of a spirit of collaboration and combined efforts in climate policies and joint actions to address the impact of climate change, particularly in the land-use sector in the Asia-Pacific region.
Speakers highlighted various approaches and solutions, particularly in the land-agriculture-forestry nexus in connection with climate change, mentioning practices such as climate-smart agriculture, nature-based solutions, agroforestry, social forestry, community-led activities and farmers’ initiatives on the ground. Speakers briefly discussed the importance of having longer-term support available based on ASEAN Member States’ needs for climate resilience and adaptation efforts. The events provide a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the topic and enhance common understanding with forward-looking actions.
Overview of the event series
The ‘Scaling up Climate Actions for Resilient and Low Emission Landscapes in Asia and Pacific: In the Lead up to COP27’ event series consists of following:
Event 1: Post COP26 Synthesis of Key Outcomes for Land Use Sector in Asia-Pacific, 1 to 3 March 2022. The first event focused on significant highlights and decisions from of COP26 that are relevant to both forestry and agriculture, as an attempt to move towards resilient and low-emission landscapes in a cross-sectoral and coordinated manner.
Event 2: Scaling up resilient and low-emission practices in Asia – the role of climate policies, 15 to 16 March 2022. The second workshop will explore and dive deeper into climate policies with a focus on agriculture.
Event 3: Scaling up resilient and low-emission practices through partnerships, 22 March 2022. The last event of the series will focus on available support, introducing partners and potential matchmaking support and needs.
Supporting organisations The event is jointly organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO), FAO’s Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB), RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC-UNEP), ASEAN-CRN and the ASEAN Negotiating Group for Agriculture (ANGA) as supported by the GIZ ASEAN AgriTrade project with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the ASEAN Secretariat – Food, Agriculture, Forestry Division (FAFD).