Also at COP26 – Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture

It is only really since 2017 that the parties at the COP agreed to formally institutionalize discussion on agriculture, incorporating it as a permanent item on the Agenda of the UNFCCC. This is delivered through the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KWJA). Brian Lindsay has represented the dairy sector (for Global Dairy Platform) as spokesperson for the Business and Industry Group (BINGO) constituency. Using the dairy sector as the example several papers have been submitted updating the parties on the industries climate change efforts, delivered several presentations to the parties on both dairy and broader industry efforts and engaged in a number of physical and virtual Koronivia meetings.

Prior to COP26 starting, the KJWA held 3 days of meetings in Glasgow, at the COP venue, with the aim of developing a consensus report to be presented during the second week of the COP to the UNFCCC on the progress of the KJWA and the potential role of KJWA in the future. The report can be accessed here.

The KJWA has further work to deliver (on implementation), though this report that was submitted (after considerable negotiations and redrafting rounds)  and provides a solid basis on which the agricultural sectors can continue to build, moving from discussing and exploring through to modes of implementation.