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Rafaelle, a youth protester at the “espaces Générations climat” looking for "environmental education
to make change happen."

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.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary report from the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP). Our summary report is available in HTML or PDF format.

Land Day: Land Degradation Neutrality as a Solution to Climate Change

Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

Meine van Noordwijk, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Lalisa Duguma, ICRAF

Dennis Garrity, UNCCD Drylands Ambassador

Ravi Prabhu, Deputy Director General (DDG) Research, ICRAF

L-R: Margaret Kroma, ICRAF; Edmund Barrow, IUCN; Winnie Khaemba, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS); Larwanou Mahamane, African Forest Forum; and Lalisa Duguma, ICRAF

Margaret Kroma, ICRAF

Winnie Khaemba, ACTS

Edmund Barrow, IUCN

Larwanou Mahamane, African Forest Forum

EverGreen Agriculture and Land Restoration

Dennis Garrity, UNCCD Drylands Ambassador, presented on evergreen agriculture

Louise Baker, UNCCD Secretariat

Lori Pearson, Catholic Reflief Services (CRS)

L-R: Matthew Reddy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Mark Shepard, Restoration Agriculture
Development; Lori Pearson, CRS; Randall Purcell, World Food Programme (WFP); and Ravi Prabhu, DDG Research, ICRAF

Matthew Reddy, WBCSD

Randall Purcell, WFP

Mark Shepard, Restoration Agriculture Development

Ecological Rainfall Infrastructure:
A New Perspective on How Forests and Trees Matter for Climate

Ravi Prabhu, DDG Research, ICRAF, provided reflections on panel interventions

Daniel Murdiyarso, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

David Ellison, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and, member, WeForest Scientific Steering Committee

L-R: Daniel Murdiyarso, CIFOR; David Ellison, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and, member, WeForest Scientific Steering Committee; and Meine van Noordwijk, ICRAF

Desertification, Land Degradation and Climate Change - Time To Act!
Lessons Learned From The International Civil Society Forum Désertif’actions

Film presentation,"Désertif'action," from the Centre d'actions et de réalisations internationales (CARI) representing civil society

Patrice Burger

Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat

Jean-Luc Chotte, L'Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)

Sylvain Berton, Agrisud International

Delfin Ganapin, GEF Small Grants Programme

Erdoğan Özevren
, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Turkey

Philippe Baret, Université catholique de Louvain

Pursuing Synergies in the Implementation of the Rio Conventions in Namibia

Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia

Yukie Hori
, UNCCD Secretariat

Petrus Muteyauli, Ministry of Environment of Tourism, Namibia

Funding for coverage of RCP has been provided by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)