ClimBeR at COP28: Ensuring that local voices matter

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Climate change and food insecurity are interconnected crises. Developing transformative solutions that address local needs and build long-term resilience requires a combination of science, innovation, and the integration of local voices. ClimBeR, in collaboration with its diverse network of partners, works to transform the adaptive capacity of food, water, and land systems through a collective effort that is grounded in strong science, includes and amplifies local and indigenous voices, involves multiple sectors and stakeholders, and co-creates tools and platforms to bridge gaps in climate information.

Building long-term resilience requires that we adopt a transformative approach to food, land, and water systems that includes and amplifies local and indigenous voices. Transformative adaptation cannot take place without social equity and inclusion. Enhancing the resilience of local communities to better cope with climate extremes requires that we co-create solutions in collaboration with them, involve multiple sectors and stakeholders across multiple levels of governance, foster private-public sector relationships to scale up investment, and leverage technology to make climate weather data and information more reliable, accessible, and available to inform disaster risk reduction. Ultimately, we need to bring top-down decision-making together with bottom-up approaches to ensure that climate adaptation solutions are relevant and locally led, to ensure that communities are not only able to better cope with the impacts of climate extremes but also thrive. We must enhance smallholder resilience by integrating and amplifying local voices, and ensure that vulnerable communities are represented at negotiations so that they are a part of and inform decision-making that affects their lives and livelihoods.

ClimBeR at COP28 : Partner highlight

Meet Jeremiah Kiprotich Kobetbet. Jeremiah is an environmentalist and human rights defender from the Endorois Indigenous community in Baringo County, Kenya. He is also the Executive Director of the NETBON Bogoria Group, which promotes ecotourism and the planting of Indigenous trees to economically empower communities and adapt to climate change.  Jeremiah is featured in the Voices of Change series developed in partnership with  ClimBeR and the Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE) to explore how climate change affects different Indigenous groups of men and women, and the homegrown solutions that they use to combat climate shocks and impacts. Jeremiah will be speaking at ClimBeR’s side events at #COP28 to share his experiences and highlight how to better integrate and include indigenous voices in climate negotiations and decision-making.

At COP28, ClimBeR will demonstrate:

  • How our science helps enhance resilience through the transformative adaptation of land, water, and food systems
  • How our innovations help address climate action/climate resilience
  • How we support partners with international processes related to climate action/climate adaptation
  • How we work in partnership to integrate and amplify local and indigenous voices, to ensure that those most affected by climate change are at the center of climate decision-making

For updates on #ClimBeR at #COP28, follow us @CGIARClimate or on Linkedin here.

The ClimBeR team will participate in several side events during COP28. For more updated information visit CGIAR at COP28.

Dec 3 | 11:00 – 12:00 | Guatemala Pavilion | Developing solutions to address the climate security and human mobility nexus in Guatemala and Central America

Dec 3| 12:30 – 1:30 |  Food and Agriculture Pavilion | Implications of Climate-Related Mobility for Peace and Security

Dec 3| 17:00-18:00 | CGIAR Food and Agriculture Pavilion |Bridging the Science-Policy Gap: Adaptation Solutions for the Climate, Peace, and Security Nexus — THIS EVENT IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Dec 4| 14:00 – 15:00 |  Food and Agriculture Pavilion| Unlocking Climate Finance in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings: The Critical Role of Conflict Sensitivity

Dec 5 | 9:30 – 10:30 | SICA Pavilion | Climate Security in the SICA Region: Challenges and Opportunities

Dec 8 | 11:00-12:00 |  Food and Agriculture Pavilion | Applying a social equity approach to transformative climate change adaptation

Dec 8 | 13:35 – 14: 15 | Agri-Food Systems Summit 2023 at Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, UAE | Upscaling appropriate funding mechanisms for sustainable agri-food systems

Dec 9 | 09:30 | Morocco Pavilion | Scaling the Conservation Agriculture in 1 M ha in Morocco under Green strategy (2020-30): Opportunity and Challenges

Dec 9 | 11:30 – 13:00| Sri Lanka Pavilion | Launch of Climate Smart Governance Dashboard: Strengthening National Adaptation Planning in Addressing Climate Change Impacts in Sri Lanka

Dec 9 | 15:30 – 16:30| Zambia Pavilion | Sustainable Futures: Dialogues on Climate Resilience, Planning, and Investment in Zambia

Dec 10| 12:00 – 13:45 | UNCCD Pavilion/G20 Pavilion| Unleashing the power of crop diversity for climate resilience

Dec 10 | 12:00- 13:00 | Guatemala Pavilion | Transformando los sistemas agroalimentarios para fortalecer la seguridad alimentaria, la adaptación al cambio climático y la paz en Guatemala y Centroamérica / Transforming agrifood systems to strengthen food security, climate change adaptation, and peace in Guatemala and Central America

Dec 11 | 15:00 – 16:30 | Side Event Room 6 | Climate-smart innovations for informed climate-resilient policies and investments in Zambia

Dec 12 | 12:30 – 13:30 | Food and Agriculture Pavilion | Unlocking Agricultural Resilience: Data-Driven Solutions for Sustainable Agrifood Systems

Related resources:

Raising Social Equity: indigenous people’s contributions to advancing sustainable agriculture in Kenya

CGIAR Initiative on Climate Resilience: Annual Technical Report

Voices of Change: Community stories of climate adaptation in Baringo, Kenya








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