U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing underlined, Thursday in Rabat, Morocco, the importance of taking agriculture into account during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22). COP22 will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco November 7-18, 2016.
“It is necessary to work on how agriculture will be dealt with during the COP22”, Pershing told the press after a meeting with Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch, noting that the agriculture and forest sector contribute to greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30%.
The meeting was an occasion to discuss and recommend concrete measures and solutions, notably carbon capture and storage and good agricultural practices meant to preserve the soil, he added.
The “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate” was launched by the French Government at the Paris Climate Summit on December 1, 2015. It aims to demonstrate that agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned.
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