On 12 January last at the Paris tropical garden campus, CIRED organised a meeting between two representatives from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and approximately twenty researchers. There were also several practicians – including GRET, Kinomé and the Agro-ecological transition group – among the experts gathered around the IPCC’s Valérie Masson-Delmotte and Jim Skea.
These informal discussions took place with a view to writing a special report, commissioned by the IPCC’s General assembly, on the links between “climate change, desertification, deterioration of land, sustainable management of land, food security and greenhouse gas emission flows in terrestrial ecosystems”. This document, which is scheduled for publication in 2019, will be part of a cycle for drawing up the IPCC’s 6th Assessment report, which will be published in 2022.
This meeting in early January aimed to identify the subjects – all of which relate to land – to be covered in this special report, in order to better prepare the framework meeting that will take place at the start of February in Ireland. For development operators, the goal was to discuss subjects they consider important and identify ways in which the IPCC, which bases its work almost exclusively on scientific publications, can include feedback from the field in its future work.