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COP15: a side event dedicated to AVACLIM

COP15: a side event dedicated to AVACLIM

AVACLIM project partner organizations organized a side event attended by around a hundred people and broadcast live online.

The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from May 9 to 20, 2022.

The theme was “Earth. Life. Legacy: from scarcity to prosperity”, was a call to action to ensure that the earth, the lifeline on this planet, continues to benefit present and future generations.

The AVACLIM project’s partner organizations organized a side event attended by around a hundred people and broadcast live online. The event was introduced by Philippe Lacoste, Director of Sustainable Development at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Aldrin Martin Perez-Marin, from the Brazilian organization Caatinga, then presented background information on agroecology and its relevance to sustainable development issues.

Yousra Abourabi, for the Moroccan organizations Fondation Norsys and Agrisud International, shared concrete experiences of successful agroecological initiatives and their impact on advocacy with national policymakers.

Then Noel Oettlé, from the South African organization EMG, opened and facilitated a round table discussion with the audience and around four panellists:

  • Graciela Metternicht, researcher and former member of the UNCCD science-policy interface, Australia
  • Wendyam Émeline Ouedraogo, land degradation neutrality focal point, Burkina Faso
  • Eugene Rurangwa, Land and Water Officer, FAO Regional Office for Africa
  • Jean-Marc Sinnassamy, GEF environmental expert.

Patrice Burger, President of the French organization CARI, concluded the session by inviting participants to discover the exhibition showcasing agroecological initiatives.

The AVACLIM side event in video

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