The Global Research Alliance - Laura Hogg

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  • Research Group meetings (Sept-Nov)Understanding each others’ interests and prioritiesStocktake results gatheredShort term activities agreedCharter draftingDocument that will underpin membershipGovernance Group on third draftSenior Officials Meeting (France, March)Research Group meetings to agree key objectives and a work planDraft Charter finalised Soil C&N scientific workshopMinisterial Summit
  • Research Group meetings (Sept-Nov)Understanding each others’ interests and prioritiesStocktake results gatheredShort term activities agreedCharter draftingDocument that will underpin membershipGovernance Group on third draftSenior Officials Meeting (France, March)Research Group meetings to agree key objectives and a work planDraft Charter finalised Soil C&N scientific workshopMinisterial Summit
  • The Global Research Alliance - Laura Hogg

    1. 1. Enhancing cooperationin agriculturalgreenhouse gas research Laura Hogg New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry
    2. 2. The challenges• Agriculture’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions• Projected increases in emissions as global demand for food grows• Agriculture has a part to play in overall mitigation efforts, however…• It makes up a large proportion of many economies and is a key contributor to growth and development• Increasing food production is central to food security• Mitigation solutions can be difficult to implement• One-off technological fixes won’t work for agriculture (needs sustained application of processes and management practices by millions of individuals (farmers)
    3. 3. The opportunities• In many cases increased productivity and efficiency is positively correlated with reduced emissions intensity, and increased resilience and food security• The good news is that many countries are already investing in this area and we can leverage this collective effort and make the best use of resources• Opens up a wide field for RD&E and better connections with policy-making
    4. 4. The importance of RD&E• The global agriculture sector needs good information and viable options• RD&E is core to this: - Critical to measurement and estimation of emissions - Critical to improving our knowledge of production systems - Helps ensure evidence-based policy making - The only way we can develop mitigation options that represent viable, win-win solutions
    5. 5. The Alliance• Brings countries together to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions• Specifically, the Alliance will help: - Find ways to reduce the emissions intensity of agricultural production and increase its potential for soil carbon sequestration, while enhancing food security - Improve understanding, measurement and estimation of agricultural emissions - Improve farmers’ access to agricultural mitigation technologies and best practices
    6. 6. The idea• Create a global community of scientists, policy makers, farmer organisations and others• Strengthen collaboration and leverage collective effort• Not “science for science’s sake” - outcome focused• Bottom up and voluntary - recognising each other’s contexts and drivers• Links efforts across sub-sectors
    7. 7. MembershipNow 31 member countries: Argentina Ghana Netherlands Spain Australia India New Zealand Sweden Canada Indonesia Norway Switzerland Chile Ireland Pakistan Thailand Colombia Japan Peru UK Denmark Malaysia Philippines United States Finland Mexico Russia Uruguay France Vietnam GermanyObservers: Brazil, China, European Commission, Korea, South Africa
    8. 8. StructureAt the centre:• Three Research Groups: – Livestock (NZ / Netherlands) – Paddy Rice (Japan) – Croplands (USA)• Two cross-cutting issues – Soil carbon and nitrogen cycling (France / Australia) – Inventories and measurement (Canada / Netherlands)Held together by a Charter and supported by a Secretariat
    9. 9. A few other details• Designed to complement and support the work of key initiatives, e.g. CGIAR• Is not part of the UNFCCC negotiations• Does not have a central funding mechanism
    10. 10. Progress update• Stock-take exercise of countries’ activities• Meetings of the Research Groups (Sept-Nov) and short-term projects: – Standardised guidelines and protocols, and best practice manuals – Information and data sharing networks of genomics experts – Synthesis papers and database of existing research• Charter drafting – governance structure and membership• Outreach to potential new members and other interested organisations• Second full meeting (March, France)• Ministerial Summit and start of “working phase” (June)
    11. 11. www.globalresearchalliance.org secretariat@globalresearchalliance.org

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