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November 11, 2014: Meeting "Countering Climate Change with Organic Agriculture" in Brussels

On November 11, 2014, the meeting "Countering Climate Change with Organic Agriculture" is taking place in Brussels. It is organized by the European Union Group of the Internatiional Fedration of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU Group) and the Roundtable on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC). Please register for the event now.




Brussels, Belgium (Committee of the Regions)

The aim of this meeting is to work out a strategy for mainstreaming organic farming and agro-ecological approaches in the international climate change negotiations, IFOAM EU and the Roundtable on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC) invite leading scientists, policy-makers and civil society representatives to meet on 11 November.

The background to this meeting is the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2013/2014), which reaffirmed the pending threat of climate change to our food and farming systems - showing that even a 1°C rise in global temperatures will have a devastating impact on food production and crop yields.

Civil society groups have been successful in convincing the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA, http://unfccc.int/bodies/body/6399.php), one of the two permanent subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC: http://newsroom.unfccc.int) to begin to address issues related to agriculture in June 2014.

Meetings of the SBSTA in 2014 and 2015 will be crucial to the development of an official work programme for agriculture. However the recent launch of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture in September 2014 - whose membership comprises multinational corporations, heavily invested in the status quo - risks undermining attempts at real change and simply greenwashing industrialised food and farming systems.

In order to develop an effective strategy, a number of questions will be considered at the meeting, including:

  • How can the forthcoming UNFCCC meetings in Lima (2014) and Paris (2015) begin to embrace agro-ecological solutions for countering climate change?
  • In what ways are EU regions already implementing climate-friendly farming practices based on holistic approaches to sustainability?
  • How can organic agriculture systems and the uptake of agro-ecological approaches counter the climate-smart agriculture narrative to help drive reductions in carbon emissions and improve climate resilience?
  • How can organic farming systems and agro-ecological approaches be prioritised in the EU’s forthcoming Climate package to 2030?
  • What other policy tools and investments are still needed to support climate action by the agri-food sector?

In preparation of the upcoming UNFCCC meetings, the discussions and meeting results will contribute to the development of a strategy for a better uptake of organic farming and agro-ecological approaches in the fight against climate change.

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  • Andreas Gattinger, FiBL


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Dr. Andreas Gattinger
Subject leader climate
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
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