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Global warming and climate change: a hot topic for Cordaid

You may have seen the movie ‘Before the Flood’ on youtube, in which famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio, UN envoy on climate change, explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent a catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

DiCaprio’s movie may also inspire the attendants of the 22nd Conference of Parties (CoP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which officially opened today. This Climate Summit will take 2 weeks, until 18 November 2016.

It is already called the “CoP of Action”, as the focus will be on the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. The CoP22 President Salaheddine Mezouar emphasized the importance of reaching tangible commitments from States and civil society during this climate change conference, particularly in the areas of climate finance and climate change adaptation.

What is Cordaid doing at the CoP22?

Together with CIDSE, the international network of Catholic social justice organizations, Cordaid will participate in 2 side events. One will be held 15 November on the topic ‘Understanding Agriculture in relation to Industrial Food Systems, Compensation and Food Security’.

Climate-related hazards have a big impact on the lives of people, especially the poor.

The other on ‘Solutions for Sustainable Food Systems in a Time of Climate Change’, will be held 17 November. In this event, Isaac Kabongo from the Cordaid partner ECO-Uganda (Ecological Christian Organization) will speak about climate-resilient agricultural practices, based on the ‘Partners for Resilience’ program. For more information on these side events and on the key advocacy messages from CIDSE, see the press release.

Sanne Vermeulen, Cordaid’s advocacy expert on resilience, may have the opportunity on 10 November to speak in an EU session on the linkages between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, based on Cordaid’s experience of strengthening people’s resilience at community level.

Partners for Resilience

On 12 November, the Partners for Resilience (PfR) alliance, of which Cordaid is a member, will organize the session ‘Connecting global and local ambitions under the Paris agreement: The potential of Local Risk Assessments and Forecast Based Financing’, during the Climate & Development Days of 12 – 13 November. Drawing on 5 years of experience, PfR demonstrates the added value of incorporating local perceptions of risk in National Adaptation Planning.

Also, the Partners for Resilience will have speakers’ slots at the Netherlands Pavillion of the CoP22. On 14 November Cordaid will lead this slot and show a short movie from PfR on building climate resilient communities in Uganda. This will be followed by comments from Isaac Kabongo of ECO-Uganda, reflections from Prof. Doreen Stabinsky (College of Atlantics, USA) and a debate with the public.

Without urgent action, millions more people will be at risk of hunger and poverty

On 15, 16 and 17 November the speakers’ slots will be done by other PfR member agencies, e.g. on the outcomes of the Climate & Development Days, on a game to experience gender & climate risks, and on learning on resilience practices from Kenya.

Focus on climate resilient livelihoods

Climate-related hazards have a big impact on the lives of people, especially the poor. Therefore, promoting climate resilient agriculture is needed to safeguard food security and a decent income for rural communities. As stated in the FAO report The State of Food and Agriculture 2016 “Climate change is already affecting agriculture and food security. Without urgent action, millions more people will be at risk of hunger and poverty.”

Climate Resilient Agriculture

Cordaid’s experience with working on Climate Resilient Agriculture shows that it results in sustainable food production and improved livelihood security for small-scale farmers and agro-pastoralists in disaster-prone areas. However, to continue and further promote climate resilient agriculture, more political and financial support is needed.

Climate Resilient Agriculture initiatives need to be sustained, increased and improved, to face the current challenges of food insecurity, environmental (soil, water) degradation and climate change. Cordaid calls for several key elements to be included in Agricultural and Climate Change Adaptation policies and practices, which can be found in this paper.

Cordaid has worked for more than 10 years on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. On our website you can find more information on our resilient communities work. We have extensive experience in (urban) resilience, Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), in resilient recovery (integrating a participatory DRR approach in recovery after a disaster) and in integrated risk management (combining DRR, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management & restoration).