Sustainable landscapes: food security and adapting to climate change - Discussion Forum

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This presentation by Thomas Hofer focuses on the areas of work with the landscape approach, why mountains play an important role, how watershed management also contributes and how everything is implemented.

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Sustainable landscapes: food security and adapting to climate change - Discussion Forum

  1. 1. Discussion Forum: Sustainable landscapes: food security and adapting to climate change Warsaw, 17 November Thomas Hofer Team Leader (Watershed Management and Mountains) FAO
  2. 2. The mandate of FAO FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.
  3. 3. Areas of work with landscape approach • • • • • • Fire management Agroforestry Urban and peri-urban forestry Dryland management and restoration Climate smart agriculture Mountain development, watershed management
  4. 4. Why focus on mountains? 25% of earth surface 60-80% of freshwater ~ 300 mio vulnerable people
  5. 5. Reading a watershed landscape
  6. 6. Watershed management plan
  7. 7. The earthquake of 8.10.2005 (I) The estimated death toll exceeds 80,000
  8. 8. The earthquake of 8.10.2005 (II)
  9. 9. FAO-SIDA Project Objective: to support ERRA to implement the livelihood rehabilitation strategy Slogan: “building back better” Budget: USD 6,570,000 Duration: Jan 2007 – Jun 2011 Output 3: NRM and livelihood improvement through integrated watershed management in 17 sites
  10. 10. Assessment, landslide treatment plan
  11. 11. Watershed management committee
  12. 12. Watershed management plan
  13. 13. Implementation
  14. 14. Integration
  15. 15. Impacts • Watershed management committees allowed for participatory planning; • Communities gained confidence, voice; • Resilience created: flood 2010; • Livelihood, nutritional situation improved; • Replication of pilot interventions, particularly bioengineering; • Watershed management funds; • Capacities built.
  16. 16. Conclusions (I) Mountain / watershed landscapes and their livelihood / food security systems are particularly vulnerable to climate change!
  17. 17. Conclusions (II) Landscape approach in mountain / watershed areas creates climate change resilience and improves food security: • • • • Addresses different landuse systems; Diversifies livelihood options; Tests climate change adaptation options; Builds on local experiences in mountain areas related to variability. • Promotes participatory approaches • Establishes enabling institutional mechanisms, offers new ways of collaboration
  18. 18. Many thanks for your kind attention!

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