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CATIE's participation in COP26: a path towards transformation of the agricultural sector and nature-based solutions

  • Climate finance for the transformation of the agricultural sector, nature-based solutions and food security were the central themes of CATIE's participation during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

November 19, 2021.On November 12, COP26 culminated a conference that keeps the public eye on expectations due to its great relevance at a global level, since it brings together representatives from more than 150 countries to address urgent and fundamental agreements in the fight against the climate crisis.

On this occasion, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the participation of the different nations took place both virtually and in person. Through live transmissions on social networks and official sites, conferences were set up to present regional and global priorities for environmental, social and economic recovery.

This 2021, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) had the opportunity to participate in COP26 virtually and through the EUROCLIMA+ pavilion, the European Union's flagship program on climate change, as well as in conjunction with the Central American Agricultural Council (CAC), the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) and the Central American Integration System (SICA, its Spanish acronym), in addition to the international initiative "4 per 1000"; the latter, launched by France in 2015 during COP21.

CATIE was invited to participate in four events; the first: "Financial incentives to promote nature-based solutions in LAC", which was organized by Gracia Lanza Castillo, coordinator of CATIE's Economics, Environment and Sustainable Agribusiness Unit for the EUROCLIMA+ pavilion, in conjunction with the World Resources Institute (WRI), Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and Banrural.

Its main objective was to generate a space to socialize and discuss the experience of leading institutions in the region on financial incentives for the adoption of nature-based solutions; actions to promote international cooperation and available financial instruments. If you wish to tune in to the full conference, please click here.

The panel "Inter-institutional advances in the agricultural sector in the face of the challenges of climate change in the SICA region: Regional challenges and solutions", organized by the CAC and CCAD, addressed the importance of this sector for the region's rural economy, as well as the challenges currently faced in the face of climate variability and the need to implement climate-adapted sustainable agriculture.

The third event took place on November 10 through "4 per 1000", an initiative that seeks to mobilize different stakeholders (partners, members and supporters of the initiative) through multiple coalitions for the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2050. This initiative, supported by scientific documentation, calls for the establishment and implementation of practices such as agro-forestry, landscape management and agro-ecology to make the transition to a productive and resilient agriculture based on the sustainable use of natural resources.

Finally, the conference entitled "Latin America seeks financing for the climate-resilient transformation of its agricultural sector" was organized by Expertise France, CATIE and Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ), which addressed the need for financing for the transformation of the agricultural sector towards more sustainable food systems that guarantee livelihoods, the needs of indigenous peoples and gender equity. For more information on this last event, please click here.

COP26 concluded with important agreements, including a request to 197 countries to report on their progress towards greater climate ambition by COP27, to be held next year in Egypt. The outcome document also calls for tighter deadlines for governments to update their emission reduction plans.

Finally, several encouraging announcements were made, such as the commitment of more than 120 countries to stop deforestation by 2030; more than 100 countries agreed to reduce GHG emissions by the next decade; the United States and China pledged to boost climate cooperation and maintain the 1.5 degree target; and more than 100 governments, cities, states and the private sector signed the Glasgow Declaration to promote non-fossil fuel cars and vans by 2040.

COP26 is a conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held from October 31 to November 12 of this year in the city of Glasgow, Scotland.


Written by:

Dannia Gamboa Solís
Communications Assistant
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