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14-15 Nov.
8:00-18:30

International Conference on Food Security in Drylands (FSDL), Doha

Organized by: The Qatar National Food Security Programme

Description
The deliberations over the two days of the conference will cover 12 parallel technical sessions and a “Ministerial Dialogue on Dry Land Agriculture in a Changing Climate.” The Ministerial Dialogue will focus on two themes: the Energy-Water-Food nexus and Financing dry land agriculture and food production. The events will shed light on current trends and strategies to boost food production and improve food security in dry lands countries. FSDL will culminate with a “Doha Declaration” reflecting the basic consensus of the participants. Web site.
Tuesday 27 Nov.
13:15 – 14:45

Official UNFCCC Side event: How can climate-smart approaches help to build resilience in the agricultural sectors?

Organized by: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Bank, and World Food Program (WFP)

Description
The event will showcase climate-smart approaches and discuss concrete steps to support resilience in the agricultural sectors. Particular attention will be given to programme, policy and financial mechanisms supporting the transition to climate-smart and resilient systems, e.g. through resource efficiency and reduction of losses in the whole value chain from production to consumption.

The event will offer a platform for stakeholders, including member states, to share their practical experiences and have an open exchange with the audience. It will be a dynamic and interactive dialogue moderated by Mr. Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director General, Natural Resources Department, FAO, and organized around three key questions that will be addressed by a panel of five representatives from member states, civil society and research centers. Room: 7

Wednesday 28 Nov.
13:15 – 14:45

Official UNFCCC Side event: Climate change and disaster risk management

Organized by: World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Description
Drawing on the IPCC’s Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), released in full in March 2012, this event examines the implications of climate-related disasters for society and sustainable development. Room: 4
Wednesday 28 Nov.
15:00 – 16:30

Official UNFCCC Side event: REDD+ Stepwise Progress in National Forest Monitoring, MRV, Reference Levels and Assessing Drivers

Organized by: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Description
 CIFOR and Global Observation for Forest Cover and Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) present practical approaches to assessing drivers of DD and relating these to a stepwise approach for developing REDD+ capacity that reflects country circumstances and that will facilitate broad participation, early start-up and the motivation for improvements over time.

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Martin Herold /Chair of Remote Sensing Center of Geo-Information Department of Environmental Science, Wageningen University; Dr. Louis Verchot / Director, Forests and Environment Programme, Center for International Forestry Research. Room: 4

Wednesday 28 Nov.
16:45 – 18:15

Official UNFCCC Side event: Engaging Communities in Sustainable Landscapes with Enhanced Adaptation and Lower Emissions

Organized by: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Rainforest Alliance; Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific

Description
Challenges and tools for smallholders and communities to practice sustainable agriculture and forestry achieving both climate adaptation and mitigation, with new studies on the role between community forestry and adaptation, and their integration in planning, capacity building and monitoring.

Speakers: Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC); Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Fauna & Flora International, and Rainforest Alliance. Room: 6

Wednesday 28    Nov.
20:15- 21:45

Official UNFCCC Side event: Agriculture in the Climate Talks and the Food Security Imperative: Which Way to Just Solutions?

Organized by: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP); Cooperation internationale pour le développement et la solidarité (CIDSE); Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA)

Description
This panel highlights pitfalls of “climate smart” agriculture and evaluates current proposals in the UNFCCC. It proposes alternative approaches to tackle the climate and agriculture crises while ensuring the right to food.

Speakers: Doreen Stabinsky, Senior Advisor, IATP and Professor, Global Environmental Politics, College of the Atlantic Anika Schroeder, Policy Officer Climate Change and Development, MISEREOR Dr. Haridas Varikottil, Scientific Advisor on Agriculture and farmer, Caritas India Harjeet Singh, International Coordinator: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation, ActionAid. Room: 10

Thursday 29 Nov.
13:15-14:45

Official UNFCCC Side event: Integrated Spatial Data for Adaptation Planning

Organized by: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Bank, and World Food Program (WFP)

Description
Achieving food security and combating climate change are closely linked and interdependent. Climate-smart approaches can increase agricultural productivity and farmers’ income; strengthen the resilience (adaptation) of ecosystems and livelihoods; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Room: 3
Thursday 29 Nov.
18:30-20:00

Official UNFCCC Side event: Lessons learnt from scaling-up actions on food security, adaptation and mitigation

Organized by: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Description
Can we achieve food security while reducing the impact of the food system on climate change? On Thursday 29 November the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will organize the side-event “Lessons learnt from scaling-up actions on food security, adaptation and mitigation”. James Kinyangi, Regional Program Leader for CCAFS East Africa, will present the results of a synthesis paper on lessons from large-scale successes that have dealt with food security, adaptation and mitigation. This will be followed by speakers presenting case studies on policy, institutional and technical innovations from several countries: Ethiopia, India, and Australia.

There is an urgent need to scale up interventions in the agriculture and food security sectors that tackle adaptation and mitigation. The challenge has been bringing these activities to scale. The side event will take the opportunity to present, and critically discuss, large-scale agricultural successes from the field that have sustainably increased productivity; created resilience; reduced greenhouse gas emissions or increased carbon stocks; and enhanced achievement of national food security and development goals. Room 4

Friday 30 Nov.
18:30-20:00

Official UNFCCC Side event: Global Framework for Climate Services

Organized by: World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)

Description
The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), a UN system-wide initiative, will amplify the benefits from global to national levels of efforts to adapt to climate variability and change for improved health, water management, disaster risk reduction, agriculture and food security from 2013. Room: 4
Saturday 1 Dec.
18:30-20:00

Official UNFCCC Side event: Biofuels – getting rid of the hype

Organized by: World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)

Description
Hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), this side event will discuss sustainable use of biofuels in the context of development, environment, and climate change. Panelists will be drawn from research, governments, donors and business. Different approaches to biofuel development that will lead to integrated and sustainable food and energy producing landscapes in the long-term will be highlighted. Room: 6
Sunday 2 Dec.
09:00 – 17:00

 Forest Day 6

Organized by: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Description
Forest Day, now in its sixth year and organised by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has become one of the most influential global events on forests. It is a platform for anyone interested in forests and climate change to gather to ensure that forests are high on the agenda of global and national climate strategies, and that those strategies are informed by the most up-to-date knowledge and experience.

Under the banner of “Living Landscapes”, which refers to the interconnections between forests and agriculture and their impacts on people and society, Forest Day 6 will kick off the first of two popular conferences on the sidelines of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) annual Conference of the Parties. Forest Day 6 will be followed by Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 slated for December 3 at the same venue. Held at: Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, Doha, Qatar. Read more.

Monday 3 Dec.
10:00-19:30

Mountain Day 2

Organized by: Mountain Partnership, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Description
Mountain Day is an opportunity to build consensus and develop a common position among mountain stakeholders regarding mountain-specific climate change issues and solutions. By sending out a strong message to UNFCCC negotiators and policy makers, it aims to ensure that mountains become a priority in the global climate agenda.

This years Mountain Day is sponsored by, among others, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Held at: Intercontinental Hotel, West Bay Lagoon, Doha, Qatar Read more.

Tuesday 4 Dec.
09:00-17:00

 Climate Communications Day

Organized by: Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Description
Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) will host the 2nd Climate Communications Day at this year’s UNFCCC Climate Change Summit in Doha, Qatar. This year we will specifically examine how to use new approaches to communicate climate change issues to both new and existing audiences. The day-long forum, an official side event of the UNFCCC, will bring together journalists, bloggers, press officers, academics, scientists, IT professionals and other communications experts. Climate Communications Day focuses on exchanging insights, lessons learned and innovative approaches to spread news and information about climate change accurately and effectively.

Held at: Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center, Education City. Read more about the event here. Click to register for the Climate Communications Day.

Thursday 6 Dec.
13:15-14:45

Official UNFCCC Side event: The role of the UN in achieving climate smart agriculture

Organized by: Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Description
Adapting agriculture to climate change is a necessity and Climate-Smart agriculture is promoted as the way to achieve it. This event will host a dialogue on how an inclusive Climate-Smart agriculture can sustainably increase productivity, foster food security and promote resilience of ecosystems. Room: 6
Thursday 6 Dec. 15:00-16:30

Official UNFCCC Side event: Managing disaster risks and extreme events under a changing climate, UN Systems

Organized by: World Food Program (WFP)

Description
Adapting agriculture to climate change is a necessity and Climate-Smart agriculture is promoted as the way to achieve it. This event will host a dialogue on how an inclusive Climate-Smart agriculture can sustainably increase productivity, foster food security and promote resilience of ecosystems. Room: 4