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The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC

Katowice, Poland
 2 Dec 2018 - 14 Dec 2018

The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Katowice, Poland, from Dec. 2-14, 2018, with a key objective to adopt the implementation guidelines of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

This would include ramping up climate action so that the central goal of the agreement can be achieved – to hold the world’s average temperature to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In line with this, research from across the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) aims to develop effective, equitable and inclusive solutions to jointly address climate change and development outcomes.

FTA, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) will be cohosting an exhibition space to showcase work on climate change mitigation and adaptation at international, national and local levels – supporting countries and actors to incorporate forests, agroforestry and sustainable landscape management into policies and practices.

CGIAR will also host an exhibition space, highlighting solutions for the complex challenges facing the world’s food system and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Representatives of CIFOR, ICRAF and Bioversity International will also participate in side events throughout COP24, as listed below. For details of the entire conference, check the agenda and the side event listing.

Side events

What has REDD+ achieved? Evaluating the impacts of REDD+ interventions on forests and people

Thursday, Dec. 6
6.30pm – 8pm
Organized by CIFOR and Wageningen University
Empirical evidence on the performance of REDD+ and other forestry interventions is critically needed. CIFOR, GCF-IEU and partners will present research results from a global impact evaluation of subnational REDD+ initiatives, an evidence gap on forestry interventions, and REDD+ policy analysis.

Speakers: Amy Duchelle (CIFOR), Jyotsna Puri (GCF-IEU), Martin Herold (Wageningen University) and Juan Chang (GCF)
Moderator: Christopher Martius (CIFOR)

Jurisdictional sustainability partnerships: Progress toward low-emission development in the tropics

Monday, Dec. 10
4.45pm – 6.15pm
Organized by Earth Innovation Institute (EII), Amigos de la Tierra Asociación Civil (ATAC), Pronatura Sur AC, and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder)
Global stakeholder networks representing governments (GCF), indigenous peoples and local communities, the private sector (TFA2020) and civil society (STA) review a new global assessment of low-emission development in 40 subnational jurisdictions and present innovative partnerships driving progress.

Speakers: Amy Duchelle (CIFOR), Claudia Stickler (EII) and more to be confirmed

Landscape restoration for climate objectives, synergies and trade-offs across SDGs

Wednesday, Dec. 5
3pm – 4.30pm
Organized by ICRAF and Bioversity International
Degradation of agricultural and forest landscapes is a major concern worldwide. Restoration can deliver climate change and multiple other SDG benefits. This event explores and discusses opportunities for scaling up productive landscapes restoration, synergies and trade-offs for climate goals.

Speakers: Lalisa Duguma (ICRAF), Chris Kettle (Bioversity International) and more to be confirmed

Related event

GLF Climate Action in the Landscape

Sunday, Dec. 9 Organized by CIFOR and Wageningen University
Climate Action in the Landscape will be second thematic event from the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) to specifically focus on climate change and the interactive solutions that can be found within sustainable landscapes. The event will feature four sessions held throughout half a day at COP24 in Katowice and will align with the five pillars of the GLF: livelihoods, rights, restoration, finance, and measuring progress.

Read more on GLF’s event page.

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