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Agriculture & Rural Development Events in Durban
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28 Nov – 9 Dec


ICC, Durban The 17th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 17) and the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7) to the Kyoto Protocol will take place in Durban, South Africa.

30 Nov

CIFOR side-event at COP17

11:30 – 13:00
Room 2, COP17
How is REDD+ unfolding on the ground? An exploration of the social, political and biophysical issues
This event examines the challenge of attaining effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and co-benefits in REDD+ sub-national projects. Presentations will be on: the status of REDD+ sub-national projects, insights from Africa, the policy and economic context, and the adequacy of MRV systems.

30 Nov

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) side event at COP17

13:15 – 14:45
Room 2, COP17
Making Progress with REDD+: Applying Lessons Learned to Enhance Success
Countries worldwide are implementing REDD+ readiness and significant lessons are already emerging. Join us to discuss how these are advancing REDD+ and revealing opportunities to connect with other sectors to meet climate and sustainable development goals while catalysing a green economy transition.

1 Dec

IFPRI side-event at COP17

11:30 – 13:00
Room 2, COP17
Climate Change and BRICS: Findings from the Int’l Conference on Climate Change and Food Security
Sr. researchers from the BRICS countries will present findings from the Int’l Conference on Climate Change and Food Security (Beijing, China November 6 – 8, organized by CAAS and IFPRI). New research from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, and the U.S. will be featured.

Speakers: Huajun Tang (CAAS), Sergey Kiselev (Moscow State University), Elisio Contini (Embrapa), Endah Murniningtyas (Indonesia), Bob Scholes (CIFOR), and Roger Beachy (U.S.).

1 Dec

ICRAF side-event at COP17

13:15 – 14:45
Room 2, COP17
Making climate smart agriculture work for the poor
Hosted by ICRAF with participation of Danone, FAO, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and Vi Agroforestry, we will discuss possible ways to overcome the multiple institutional, financial, management and development related challenges from agricultural biocarbon projects in Africa.

1 Dec

IDRC & START side event at COP17

20:15 – 21:45
Room 1, COP17
Building the knowledge base for African adaptation choices
Africa’s pressing adaptation needs demand evidence-based responses. Join us for lessons from the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program, the African Climate Change Fellowship Program, and some of our newest efforts as we share successes and challenges in linking research to decision-making.

Speakers: • Dr. Fatima Denton, Program Leader, Climate Change Adaptation in Africa, International Development Research Centre • Dr. Felix Olorunfemi, former ACCFP Policy Fellow Alumnus and Research Fellow from the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research • Dr. Chipo Mubaya, Senior Program Officer for the ACCFP Secretariat and ACCFP Doctoral Fellow Alumna • Moussa Na Abou Mamouda, Network Coordinator, AfricaAdapt • Dr. Paco Sérémé, Executive Director of West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development Chair: Professor Shem O. Wandiga, University of Nairobi, former Advisory Board Chair, Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program and former member of the START Scientific Steering Committee

2 Dec

IFAD side-event at COP17

13:15 – 14:45
Room 3, COP17
Climate-Smart Agriculture – a transformative approach to food security, adaptation and mitigation
Agriculture must undergo a radical transformation to meet the challenges of sustainable food security and poverty reduction with climate change. Learn about approaches that increase both productivity and the resilience of livelihoods and ecosystems, plus how REDD+ lessons can inform our progress.

2 Dec

World Bank side-event at COP17

18:30 – 20:00
Room 2, COP17
Engaging the Private Sector in Climate Finance: Opportunities and Challenges (IFC and UNDP)
The private sector will play a pivotal role in climate finance for the foreseeable future. Given how public policy has accelerated adoption of clean technology, the session will highlight business opportunities and challenges through examples taken from established development projects in Africa and other emerging markets.

Speakers: Andrew Steer World Bank Group Special Envoy for Climate Change, moderating private sector perspectives with introductions by IFC and UNDP.

3 Dec

Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) 2011

9:00 – 18:30
Durban University of Technology

3 Dec

Oceans Day

The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands will organise Oceans Day during the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa.

4 Dec

Forest Day 5

Forest Day 5 will take place in Durban, South Africa, on 4 December 2011, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC. The Day will seek to inform the UNFCCC global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to implement an international REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) funding mechanism that produces social and environmental benefits, above and beyond avoided emissions. The event will have a particular focus on Africa, looking at the tropical forests of the Congo Basin and elsewhere, and the continent's wide expanses of dry forest areas.

6 Dec

“Climate-Smart Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges for African Farmers”
– Roundtable Event at the Africa Pavilion

15:00 - 17:00
Africa Pavilion
CCAFS will, together with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Food, Agriculture and National Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), organise a side event that will discuss Opportunities and Challenges for African Farmers. As per a decision by the African Union, there will be a dedicated discussion and exhibition area called the Africa Pavilion. The Pavilion will provide a forum for discourses and debates that set the context for Africa-relevant climate change issues and themes in the larger framework of sustainable development in Africa. Among the invited speakers are the Minister of Agriculture of Tanzania, representatives from African farmers’ organisations (SACAU, EAFF, ROPPA), researchers and negotiators.

7 Dec

High Level Event: Climate-Smart Agriculture – Africa: A Call to Action

14:00 – 15:30
Africa Pavilion
As a follow-up to the African CSA Ministerial Conference in September global leaders will launch early action on climate-smart agriculture on December 7, from 14:00 – 15:30 at a high-level meeting. This high level event is organised by South Africa, the African Union and the World Bank and will feature, as confirmed, Kofi Annan, Robert Zoellick, Jean Ping, Mary Robinson, Erik Solheim (possibly Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway), Izabella Teixeira (Minister of Environment, Brazil) and Prime Minister Meles (TBC).

7 Dec

Climate Action Networking Reception

17:00 – 22:00
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Welcome address by Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
‘Cities of the Future’ panel discussion with World Green Building Council, ICLEI & SBCI: 17:00 – 18:30
Climate Action Networking Reception: 18:30 – 22:00

This calendar is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

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