Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture: views from Parties and observers on topics 2(e) and 2(f)

CMCC-FAO Webinar | 1 October, 2020 h. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CEST

Introduced by: Monia Santini, Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change Foundation (CMCC)

Speaker: Maria Vincenza Chiriacò, Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change Foundation (CMCC)

Moderator: Martial Bernoux, Senior Natural Resources Officer, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, FAO


The historic Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) decision, adopted at COP 23, recognizes the fundamental importance of agriculture in tackling climate change. The KJWA calls for joint work between the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SABSTA) and the Subsidiary Body of Implementation (SBI) with the aim to take into consideration the vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change and approaches to address food security.

Paragraph 2 of the KJWA decision provides a list of initial elements on which Parties and observers to the UNFCCC were invited to submit their views:

  • Modalities for implementation of the outcomes of the five in-session workshops on issues related to agriculture and other future topics that may arise from this work;
  • Methods and approaches for assessing adaptation, adaptation co-benefits and resilience;
  • Improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility under grassland and cropland as well as integrated systems, including water management;
  • Improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems;
  • Improved livestock management systems;
  • Socioeconomic and food security dimensions of climate change in the agricultural sector.

FAO in collaboration with CMCC supported by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is producing a factual summary of the submissions provided by Parties and observers to the UNFCCC on the topic 2(e) – Improved livestock management systems (including agropastoral production system); and topic 2(f) – Socioeconomic and food security dimensions of climate change in the agricultural sector. These topics will be discussed during the next session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB52) that has been postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19 pandemics.

The summary aims to make the wide range of views submitted more easily accessible to all interested stakeholders and to support efforts to formulate a “no regret option” for climate action in the agricultural sectors.


12:00 pm – Welcoming remarks – Monia Santini (CMCC)

12.05 pm – Introduction by the moderator – Martial Bernoux (FAO)
12:10 pm – Summary of the Analysis talk – Maria Vincenza Chiriacò (CMCC)
12:30 pm – Q&A moderated by Martial Bernoux (FAO)
12:50 pm – Key takeaway messages

Working language: English

Martial Bernoux, Senior Natural Resources Officer in Climate and Environment Division at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Mr Bernoux is coordinating the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme at FAO since October 2015. He is a former High-level scientist working for the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) with more than 200 published research papers, books and chapters. He led research projects in South America and Africa for 20 years. Mr. Bernoux has a strong experience of UNFCCC and UNCDD (a member of its Science-Policy Interface). Collaborates with IPCC since 2002. Before joining FAO Office of Climate, Environment and Biodiversity, he worked from 2009 as developer of the FAO Ex-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT).

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FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations



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