Writeshop: Impact of mitigation options on climate vulnerability

The impact of mitigation options on climate vulnerability, and on mitigation co-benefits from farming practices that aim at increasing climate resilience.

This paper asks two questions:  (1) what will be the impact of mitigation on farmers’ vulnerability to climate change? and (2) can meaningful levels of climate change mitigation be achieved as a co-benefit of adaptation?  For the first question, we will look at examples of planned mitigation initiatives in the CCAFS and other programs and characterize the risks that mitigation measures imply, including region-specific risks.  Options for managing these risks will be explored.

For the second question we will quantify the mitigation co-benefits of farm adaptation measures at the plant/animal, plot, farm/household and landscape levels for a range of scenarios and farmer profiles to identify the relative and total impacts of different measures on GHG emissions and emissions intensity in different contexts. Potential scenarios include, for example, adaptation priorities expressed in the UNFCCC processes (emphasis on water management); or adaptations emphasizing enhanced input efficiency, use of effective climate services, genetically improved crops and livestock, or improved soil health,  The paper will then link the two analyses to examine policy options and implications of achieving both mitigation and adaptation in agriculture.

Room: Lettermore Suite (Lowerground Floor)

Photo of agricultural landscape and clouds