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Natural Rubber Systems and Climate Change

Online
23 Jun 2020 - 25 Jun 2020

Open Digital Workshop

23-25 June 2020 – 6:00-10:00 GMT

The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) is organizing, with the International Rubber Research and development Board (IRRDB), the CGIAR research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) led by CIFOR, and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), a digital workshop on natural rubber systems and climate change.

Natural rubber production is impacted by climate change and needs to adapt to it. It can contribute to the adaptation of the populations that draw benefits from it. It can also play a major role in mitigation of climate change, both as a carbon sink and as an alternative to the use of synthetic products. However, natural rubber is rarely integrated in discussions on climate change at international level nor part of climate change related strategies, programs and measures.

The purpose of the workshop is to review recent research results on impacts of climate on rubber production, potential means of adaptation and contribution to mitigation of climate change, to identify knowledge and research gaps as well as recommendations for action.

The workshop is addressed to the members and partners of the participating organizations and open to all.

Agenda

6.00 – 10:00 am (GMT)
6:00 – 6:20 am

Welcome address

  • Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary General, IRSG
  • Vincent Gitz, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)
  • Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz b S A Kadir, Secretary General, IRRDB
  • Jerome Sainte Beuve, Rubber Value Chain Correspondent, CIRAD
6:20 – 8:00 am

Session 1: Impact of Climate Change on Rubber and Potential Changes in the Geography of Production

Session 1.1 What do we know about climate change that is meaningful for rubber production?

Chairperson: Dr James Jacob, Director, RRI India

    • Q & A
8:00 – 8:20 am
Break
8:20 – 10:00 am

Session 1.2 – Country Experiences

Chairperson: Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz b S A Kadir, Secretary General, IRRDB

6.00 – 10:00 am (GMT)
6:00 – 7:25 am

Session 3: Integration of Rubber in a broad Climate Change and Sustainability Policies, including Economic and Social Dimensions

Chairperson: Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz b S A Kadir, Secretary General, IRRDB

7:25 – 7:30 am
Break
7:25 – 8:50 am

Session 4: Rubber and Climate Change in the International fora

Chairman: Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary General, IRSG

8:50 – 9:00 am
Break
9:00 – 10:00 am

Session 5: The Way Forward : Short term actions and long term plans (Panel Discussion)

Chairman: Dr Lekshmi Nahir, Head of Economics & Statistics, IRSG
Panelists:

  • Jerome Sainte Beuve, Rubber Value Chain Correspondent, CIRAD
  • Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz b S A Kadir, Secretary General, IRRDB
  • Vincent Gitz, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)
  • Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary General, IRSG

Conclusions

6.00 – 10:00 am (GMT)
6:00 – 7:15 am

Session 1.3 What is the potential impact on rubber production in both traditional and new areas?

Chairperson: Vincent Gitz, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)

  • Q & A
7:15 – 7:25 am
Break
7:25 – 9:00 am

Session 2: Rubber and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Chairperson: Eric Gohet, CIRAD

Session 2.1 How can rubber systems contribute to climate change mitigation?

9:00 – 9:15 am
Break
9:15 – 10:00 am

Session 2.2 What’s the role of rubber systems for adaptation?


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