At COP 23 most ideas focus on reducing GHG emissions in order to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. A much less widely discussed approach is to make use of negative emissions that can occur mostly in the field of Forestry/ Forest Conservation and Agriculture. Negative emissions do as well occur in other fields of land uses, but not in equally significant measures as the above-mentioned land uses do. The name of the side event that covered this subject was “Toward safe, effective, and sustainable use of negative emissions approaches “.
Among the speakers were:
- Jason Funk: Center for Carbon Removal
- Deborah Bossio: The Nature Conservancy
- Tonya Rawe: CARE International
Mr. Funk started the event by welcoming all participants and giving a short introduction in the subject. He also provided the public with a brief overview of the Center for Carbon Removal’s agitation, which promotes efforts to improve carbon sequestration in a variety of projects. Mrs. Bossio continued and showed a graph that identified forests and agriculturally used areas as the biggest carbon-dioxide removers. She also showed a World Map representing the areas with the densest loss from carbon in soil organic matter. The rest of her presentation was about agriculture and how to provide food security, boost yields, and store carbon-dioxide. She described this phenomenon as a “Happy coincidence.”
Mrs. Tonya Rawe went on and opened her presentation by bringing the marginalized group of small-time female farmers back to the minds of the audience. This group is as much a promoter of the 1,5°C goal as any large-scale farmer is. She stated that aggressive and urgent action must be taken now, and negative emissions could contribute to these goals. Furthermore, her presentation underlined the importance of inclusive planning for Climate Action. Finally, the gender aspect plays a big role for her and women must not be out of the focus when actions to reach climate goals are being implemented.
My impression of the presentations was, that the role of forests in the discussion was not addressed enough, even though forests play the biggest role in negative emissions and rank above agriculture.
By Lukas Schafer