The Office for Latin America and the Caribbean focused its participation through the Platform for Climate Action in Agriculture, PLACA, and the AFOLU 2040 Initiative.
During its participation in the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), FAO’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirmed the urgency of moving forward as soon as possible with climate action in agriculture.
“The challenge now is our ability to achieve food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. Therefore, strengthening regional climate action, particularly in the agricultural sector, which is the source of a wide range of solutions that contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation, is urgent,” explained Mario Lubetkin, FAO Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The FAO regional office’s participation in COP27 focused on the work conducted by the Platform for Climate Action in Agriculture Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA). This voluntary regional mechanism supports regional and national climate change and variability strategies. On this occasion, it addressed its challenges in three events in the pavilions of Chile, the World Bank and the Agriculture and Food Pavilion, in addition to meetings with high-level authorities.
In the context of COP27, Paraguay and Ecuador signed up to PLACA on 14 November at a high-level meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Paraguay, Moisés Santiago Bertoni, the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica, Fernando Vargas, and representatives of the Government of Ecuador. The mechanism now includes the participation of 15 countries in the region.
In addition, the platform addressed the work in PLACA’s Thematic Groups through the promotion of technical spaces for interdisciplinary collaboration; and the identification of more than 80 low-cost technological solutions that are already contributing to improving the sustainability of agrifood systems, in the pavilions of Chile and the Agriculture and Food Pavilion.