The session began with an introductory presentation by CIFOR on the importance of forests in adaptation and how a systems perspective can aid adaptation in the forest sector. Three countries supported by the FAO‐UNDP NAP-Ag programme – Viet Nam, Thailand and Uganda shared their coordination arrangements and approaches towards ensuring that adaptation priorities in the agricultural sector are addressed in overall NAP processes. It was noted that the countries emphasized different approaches – legal frameworks, institutional linkages, and stakeholder‐based. It was demonstrated that support towards different stages of the integration process – capacity building, prioritisation, stakeholder engagement – helped agricultural sectors as they contributed to their overall NAP processes, no matter what stage it was in.
Questions were also asked about how actions could address climate change effects that challenged one subsector and benefited another. Uganda shared that flooding impacts for example could be ameliorated by one of the actions in the NAP for Agriculture – properly constructed fish ponds to prevent fish losses. Another question was on the simultaneity of actions, for example whether budgeting should be conducted at the same time as planning, with the response from Viet Nam that a long term vision from the beginning is critical to align adaptation actions. The session ended with the Chair of the Polish Presidency of the COP stating the importance of NAPs as a foundation for planning not just in rural areas but also adapting in cities. Forests and agriculture, as well as protection of water resources, are part of the wider system for using land and natural resources.
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By the end of the session, participants will have explored the following issues:
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