Glasgow Side Events Advocate Oneness with Nature | News | SDG Knowledge Hub


After being postponed for a yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the twenty sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is assembly in Glasgow, UK via 12 November 2021. Many occasions are being held on the sidelines of the negotiations, to launch  initiatives and publications, share insights on subjects associated to the principle proceedings, and introduce new points and actors to the local weather change course of. The first week of COP 26 featured a number of occasions on resilience, nature, and adaptation. 

Resilience Frontiers is internet hosting the Resilience Lab at COP 26, which is exploring eight pathways to broad recognition of local weather change as a symptom, the answer to which is a change in international outlook, transitioning in direction of symbiotic oneness with nature and planetary wellbeing. Each day the Lab is specializing in one of many pathways. 

On 3 November, the Lab showcased ‘transforming humanity’s relationship with nature.’ Participants had been urged to have interaction in actions which have a sustained internet constructive impact on nature, prioritizing holistic and relational approaches. On 4 November, the Resilience Lab featured the second pathway, tackling lifelong studying for environmental stewardship. This method asserts that for people to dwell as much as their collective duty as custodians of a planet that sustains all, every should embark on a lifelong journey of studying, incorporating indigenous knowledge, to create a shift in international consciousness and reawaken the sense of belonging to nature.
On 5 November, the third pathway, tackling common, equitable protection of, and open entry to, (huge) knowledge and knowledge, was the main focus, underscoring that applied sciences like huge knowledge, synthetic intelligence (AI), and supercomputing have created improvements that may make sure the wellbeing of humanity and the pure world. This pathway encourages societies to harness this potential and scale applied sciences within the collective curiosity of all. On 6 November, the Lab addressed ‘managing water and different pure assets in an equitable and participatory method‘ to safe a climate-resilient and water-secure world. 

Resilience Frontiers is a two-year collective intelligence course of (2019-2020), adopted by an implementation decade (2021-2030) that considers the impression of frontier applied sciences and components that threaten humanity. It spans partnerships amongst UN businesses, worldwide NGOs, analysis institutes, and youth networks.
[Resilience Lab at COP 26 Website] 

On 6 November, TMG Research, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and others convened a facet occasion on threats posed by the continued surge in desert locusts. Titled Understanding the Interconnectedness Between the Ongoing Desert Locust Crisis 2019-2021+ and the Climate Crisis, the occasion highlighted the necessity to:  

  • combine prevention and administration of transboundary pests and ailments into local weather change adaptation and governance geared in direction of resilience;
  • coordinate higher and extra quickly;
  • perceive the true prices related with the desert locust disaster, together with the adverse impacts to the atmosphere and human well being brought on by means of poisonous pesticides; and
  • have an progressive early warning system and the event of efficient biocontrol choices for the good thing about small holders, susceptible folks, and the atmosphere.

As the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) factors out, this unprecedented risk to meals safety and livelihoods, particularly within the Horn of Africa, may result in additional struggling, displacement, and potential battle.

Another 6 November occasion introduced agroecology as a part of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) for transformational modifications in our meals programs. Discussions additionally emphasised strategic alternatives for joint programmes and methods among the many agriculture and local weather change communities.

Highlights included that:

  • the present international meals system destroys pure ecosystems, contributes round a quarter of world emissions, and is failing to realize zero starvation;
  • systemic responses are needed to deal with the systemic challenges posed by local weather change, EbA, and agroecology;
  • up-scaling ought to be considered creating an enabling atmosphere for EbA and agroecology, which includes addressing long-standing challenges of rural growth, akin to land tenure safety, group empowerment, and inclusive service supply; and
  • new metrics for internalizing adverse externalities of agriculture are wanted, as are new valuation strategies to account for constructive externalities.

This occasion, titled ‘Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Agriculture‘ was organized by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), in partnership with TMG Research and CIFOR-ICRAF. [Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverage of COP 26 side events]