ESPA at the UN climate change conference, COP23

06 Nov 2017
Start Date/Time: 09:00, 6 November, 2017
End Date/Time: 15:00, 17 November, 2017
Venue: Stand G17.02 (Joint with ODI), Bonn Zone, UNFCCC COP23, Rheinaue Park, Bonn

ESPA exhibited at the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November on the theme: ‘Climate solutions and human wellbeing: Adaptation and mitigation action to stamp out poverty’.

ESPA is a global interdisciplinary research programme that aims to give decision-makers and natural resource users the evidence they need to address the challenges of sustainable ecosystem management and poverty reduction. As part of this mission, ESPA’s on-the-ground action research in Africa, Asia and Latin America has investigated how climate solutions can affect multi-dimensional aspects of human wellbeing.

At the UN Climate Change Conference this year, nations of the world met to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement on climate change and achieve progress on its implementation guidelines. The conference, officially referred to as COP 23/ CMP 13/ CMA 1-2, took place in Bonn, Germany, hosted by the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and presided over by Fiji.

ESPA’s findings have important implications for countries’ efforts to design and implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – pledges made under the Paris Agreement. We encouraged those in attendance to come and discuss ESPA’s research findings and policy recommendations, including:

- The impacts of biofuel feedstock production (sugarcane and jatropha) on local people’s wellbeing;

- Public-private partnerships for climate smart cocoa production;

- Modeling the social, economic and environmental outcomes of climate adaptation measures in coastal zones: such as heightening sea walls and planting mangroves.

You can read about our results and impacts in our Annual Report 2017.

Find out more about the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change here.