From 30 November 2023 to 12 December 2023 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

COP28 - UN Climate Conference

CIRAD will be participating in the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai, from 30 November to 12 December 2023.

The 28th UN Climate Change Conference will bring together the countries that have signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and other climate players. CIRAD will be participating, by organizing side events with its partners from France, Europe and the global South. The conference will be an opportunity to promote major research results to an audience of policymakers and other COP28 participants.

Sunday 3 December

Community engagement and climate-smart health products: a new frontline for one healthier planet

14:30-16:00, French COP28 Pavilion, side event organized by the PREZODE initiative and Unitaid.
Climate change erodes health gains. This event discusses pathways for a new frontline towards one healthier planet. A frontline that engages communities, experts and political leaders and brings forward health risks prevention systems and climate-smart health products.

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Tuesday 5 December

Healthy soils for land and climate

9:00-10:30, UNCDD Pavilion, side event organized by IRD in partnership with CIRAD. 
More information to follow.

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Launch of the World Decade of Afforestation and Reforestation

13:00 (UTC+4), Pavilion of the Central African Forest Commission (Comifac)
The launch is an initiative of the Republic of the Congo's Minister of Forest Economy, Rosalie Matondo. Alain Billand, CIRAD's Director of Research Impact and Marketing, will be speaking about the challenges of research into afforestation and reforestation in the context of carbon markets.

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Wednesday 6 December

7th day of the 4 per 1000 international initiative

On site at Dusit Thani Dubai and online.

Food Systems part of the climate solution: AgroEcology at scale

13:30 -14:30, online, side event organized by the DG INTPA.
Food Systems are important GHG emitters and are strongly impacted by climate change. Thye have to become part of the solution. To achieve climate objectives, but also food security, environmental sustainability and decent livelihoods, food systems need to undergo a profound transformation. In view of these multiple challenges, AgroEcology represents a powerful avenue for driving food systems towards sustainability. The event will present key elements of agroecology in relation to climate change, both on adaptation and on mitigation, and will present successful experiences of food system transformation based on agroecology.
With the participation of CIRAD.

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Friday 8 December

Soil health: the champion for sustainable inclusive development

 9:30 -11:00, French COP28 Pavilion, side event organized by the 4 per 1000 Initiative and IRD in partnership with CIRAD.
The side event will provide an opportunity to compare the points of view and experiences of the various French and foreign players involved in improving soil health, with the dual aim of increasing agricultural productivity and soil carbon sequestration capacity.
Read the policy brief « Healthy soils for carbon-neutral food systems ».

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Carbon storage in agricultural and forest soils in the French overseas territories. State of knowledge, levers for action in the French overseas and regional cooperation

12:15-13:15, Francophonie Pavilion, side event organized by CIRAD, IRD, INRAE within the framework of  the “Overseas 4 per 1000” Initiative.
The aim of this side event is to share the state of knowledge and the levers for action in the French Overseas Departments and Regions, based on an unprecedented recent assessment of soil carbon stocks in these territories. The operational and research recommendations for preserving these carbon stocks will be summarised and placed in a broader regional context in order to discuss their place within the current major challenges facing agriculture in the face of climate change in the island, Indian Ocean and Amazonian contexts. The objective of this event is to contribute to the creation of spaces for territorial and inter-territorial dialogue between science, politics and agricultural and forestry stakeholders, with a view to designing public policies and making political decisions.

Read the recommendations to preserve soil carbon in the French overseas regions and mitigate climate change

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Healthier soils: a game changer to meet food and climate goals within planetary boundaries

15:00-16:30, SE Room 7, UNCC Pavilion, side event organized by CIRAD, IRD and the National Council for Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership (NCCSD).
Healthier soils are paramount to healthy ecosystems. They allow for better productivity, improved food quality and higher carbon sequestration. Multistakeholders will share their vision on pathways for healthier soils to meet food and climate goals, in diverse socio-economic contexts.

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Reassessing the contribution of Sahelian livestock farming to global enteric methane emissions: better quantification for better mitigation 

Senegal Pavilion, side event organised by ISRA, CIRAD and CILLS.
The aim of this side event is to present and discuss the first enteric methane emission factors, taking into account the seasonal nature of fodder resources. It will also present emission factors taking into account the feeding practices of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists. It will present tests of different scenarios for mitigating enteric methane emissions. It will also discuss the setting up of a SPIR network to improve the system for low-cost assessment of the chemical composition and nutritional value of ruminant feed resources. Finally, the side event will present the development of the training component on GHG assessment tools and methods.

Saturday 9 December

Assessing the carbon footprint of pastoral and agro-pastoral livestock systems in the Sahel: contextualisation of the GLEAM-i assessment tool

CILSS Pavilion, side event co-organized by ISRA, CIRAD and CILSS.
This side event will focus on the enhancement of the GLEAM-i tool by the CaSSECS project. It will also present the training offered to managers in the region on the use of the improved tool.

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Sunday 10 December

Soil health: a key issue for combating climate change and improving agricultural productivity

16:00-17:00, Francophonie Pavilion, side event organized by IRD, the “4 per 1000” Initiative and CIRAD.
This side event aims to continue to urge local and international decision-makers to take soil into account in the fight against climate change and for food security. By sharing expertise and experience, it aims to convince and equip those working in the field to improve soil health and productivity in different socio-economic contexts.

Registration to follow the event online 

Monday 11 December

What adaptation strategy for a new climate?

11:00-12:30, CILLS Pavilion, side event organized by CILSS.
With the participation of CIRAD. More information to come.

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Food security: improving tools for assessing the animal feed balance in West Africa

15:00-16:30 CILSS Pavilion, side event organized by CILSS, ISRA and CIRAD.
Thanks to the results of the CaSSECS project, this side event will provide tools and methods for assessing the fodder balance in a context of climate change.

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