Preparing a strategy for organic farming and agro-ecological approaches for the international climate change negotiations

To work out a strategy for mainstreaming organic farming and agro-ecological approaches in the international climate change negotiations, IFOAM EU and the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC) are organising a seminar on 11 November at the Committee of the Regions. This seminar will bring together scientists, policy-makers and civil society representatives.

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.

In order to develop an effective strategy for the organic farming sector, 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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Hosted by Committee of the Regions


European CommissionThis event is co-financed by the European Union, Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission. The sole responsibility for the event lies with the IFOAM EU Group and the communication reflects only the author's view. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.

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