FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean Discusses Climate Change

1 May 2010: The 31st Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) met in Panama City, Panama, from 26-30 April 2010 and considered, among other issues, the impacts of climate change on agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the region.

The background document on climate change examined nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA) in developing countries, requirements for monitoring, reporting and verification, synergies between adaptation, official development assistance and mitigation funding, and land tenure. It offered three proposals for associating agriculture with climate change: including agriculture in NAMAs; ensure funding for mitigation and adaptation measures in agriculture by increasing the scope of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and establishing a new broader and more flexible funding mechanism; and move towards a comprehensive view of land use. It also noted the FAO's Framework for Action.

Additional meeting documents on challenges and outlook for South America and Central America highlighted the importance of actions at the subnational and local levels in addition to actions under the UNFCCC. They also underscored the need for climate change plans of action on adaptation and mitigation. [Meeting agenda and documentation]