The second day of the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) convened on Wednesday, 2 December 2015, at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21) in Paris, France. It was held under the theme of “Land Day: Land Degradation Neutrality as a Solution to Climate Change.”
Four sessions took place on: ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA); evergreen agriculture and land restoration; ecological rainfall infrastructure; and, desertification, land degradation and climate change.
The session on EbA focused on supporting mechanisms. Participants heard about climate-smart EbA, EbA informing policy making, EbA-driven agriculture in Africa, and incentives for EbA. This was followed by the session on evergreen agriculture and land restoration, where speeches underscored the potential contribution of the land degradation neutrality (LDN) goal to combat climate change. Panelists described aspects of agriculture and land restoration, and agroforestry, highlighting, inter alia, adaptive farming practices and integrated landscape approaches.
The session entitled “Ecological rainfall infrastructure: a new perspective on how forests and trees matter for climate” investigated the linkages between trees, forests and rainfall patterns, and upwind and downwind interactions with rainfall. The day’s penultimate session saw participants watch a video on lessons learned from the international civil society forum Désertif'action, which took place in June 2015 in Montpellier, France. These were followed by short presentations on, inter alia, land degradation and climate change.
A cocktail reception entitled “Pursuing synergies in the implementation of the Rio Conventions in Namibia,” hosted by the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, closed Land Day at the RCP.
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