In an iconic decision at COP 23, negotiators in Bonn agreed to new negotiation processes to “jointly address” a number of new agriculture topics – for the first time naming agriculture directly in the agreement.
Agriculture was finally recognised as being not just an emitter, but, with the right practices and technologies, an important contributor to reducing emissions that cause climate change. If these practices and technologies are fully embraced, agriculture can achieve approximately six per cent emissions reduction and substantially help the world stay below a 2-degree temperature rise.
The decision asks for reports back in three years at COP26 in 2020. If the process is successful, countries should then have more know how at their disposal to take action in their respective agriculture sectors in the post-2020 climate regime. At the moment, there is no clear guidance on how they might take such action, nor are there incentives for them to do so. ...