COP27 Daily Update: Adaptation and Agriculture in the COP Spotlight

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Along with finance and mitigation, climate adaptation forms one of the major foundational pillars of this year’s COP27. According to the World Economic Forum, climate adaptation can be defined as policies and measures taken to create an adjustment in our behaviour (eg, where we choose to live; the way we plan our cities and settlements) as well as adapting our infrastructure (eg, greening of urban areas for water storage).

What climate change adaptation could look like. Image: IPCC

One of the major outcomes of COP26 was the launch of the global goal of adaptation, in which delegates adopted a work program first outlined in the Paris Agreement. The focus of this program is the enhancement of adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience, and decreasing vulnerability to climate change in the context of the Agreement’s temperature goal of constraining warming to 1.5°C or 2°C. This foundation will be built on during COP27, and “represents a turning point in the world’s journey to both make and measure progress towards this global goal”.

COP27 will see the theme of adaptation become an intersection of other related issues, including adaptation technologies, investment in innovative technologies, and climate smart agriculture. In relation to agriculture, the sessions tomorrow will examine ways to increase climate finance contributions for agriculture and food systems, particularly for the most vulnerable countries.

Some experts regard COP27 as an opportunity to begin the pivot to regenerative agriculture, under a whole food systems approach, that can bring with it multiple benefits for climate, health, resilience, biodiversity, and social justice.

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James Ellsmoor (Island Innovation’s CEO) was a speaker at the “Pacific Island Leadership on Ocean, Climate & Energy” event. Our partner Racquel Moses (CEO of Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator (CCSA) and UNFCCC Race To Zero Global Ambassador), Ivory Vogt (Palau Delegation), Filimone Tuivanualevu (AOSIS Fellow), Arpana Pratap (Director Blue Economy, Pacific Island Development Forum) and Augusto Pinto (Director of National Directorate for Climate Change of Timor-Leste) were also speakers.

Wednesday’s event: “The role of blended finance in driving energy sector development in the Blue Pacific” by Camco. One of the speakers was Hon Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga.

News and key insights

Today's island-related events

Solarisation of Pacific Head of States Residences
Date & Time: 11 November, 09:00 AM – 09:55 AM (Egypt)
Location: Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion
Organization: Solar Head of State, Pacific Islands Development Forum(PIDF)
The Ocean X Climate Summit
Date & Time: 11 November, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: Park Regency
Organization: Oceanic Global, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO), Salesforce
Ecoship: A Transition Model for the Decarbonization of the Maritime Sector
Date & Time: 11 November, 5:00 – 6:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: Hall B, Green Zone
Organization: Peace Boat
Connecting Large Ocean States for Climate Action and Youth Empowerment
Date & Time: 11 November, 1:00 – 1:55 PM (Egypt)
Location: Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion, Blue Zone and online
Organization: Peace Boat, Alliance for Future Generations
Tourism Climate action plans in the Mediterranean: A vision for the Future
Date & Time: 11 November, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (Egypt)
Location: Mediterranean Pavilion and online
Organization: Interreg MED Programme, UNIMED
Race to Resilience Sessions - From Fairytales to solutions: Race to resilience partners creating a better future

Date & Time: 11 November, 3:30 PM (Egypt), 9:30 – 10:30 AM AST
Location: Resilience Hub
Organization: Race to Resilience

Small island states, climate justice and International Law: Raising ambitions for the SDGs and Paris Agreement commitments

Date & Time: 11 November, 6:00 – 7:10 PM (Egypt)
Location: SDG Hub Pavilion
Organization: Commonwealth Foundation, the Government of Vanuatu

What we are looking forward to tomorrow

The Island Bright Spots Event Series: Fostering island-led local action into global coalitions. Episode 6: Spotlight on Climate Adaptation

Date & Time: 12 November, 5:00 – 6:00 PM (Egypt)
Location: Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion and online
Organization: GLISPA, Rare, Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT)

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