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COP21 – Paris Climate Conference 2015

COP21France and Paris will be hosting the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) from 30th November to 11th December.

This time round Paris will be the venue for this world event organised under the United Nations Framework Agreement on Climate Change. One of the challenges facing this conference will be to define a binding framework for limiting climate warming to 2°C, as well as including the issue of climate change adaptation. Very little progress has been made here since the Copenhagen conference of 2009.

Yet climate disruption is a challenge for the whole world. One which has a serious effect on the development of the poorest countries. Doubts about climate disruption belong to the past. Society in general is on the move and ready for combat, with players on all sides rallying since the conference in Lima last year.

In the 39 years of its existence, GRET has often had to confront challenges posed by climate disruption when carrying out its projects and expert appraisals in the countries where it operates.

See GRET’s COP 21 position on climate and development: GRET’s position for COP21

Agriculture

In 2014 an alliance was set up with this issue as its focal point: the GASCA (Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture). GRET, alongside other international civil society movements, rallied against this forum set up parallel to the legitimate body which is the United Nations Organisation, which brings together various stakeholders and is dominated by private interests. GRET is promoting agroecology to serve its goals of reducing emissions and helping communities to adapt to climate disruption.

See GRET’s position on Climate and Food Security
See GRET’s solution data sheet Climate and Food Security: Agro-Ecology’s Contribution

Interview of Laurent Levard, Agriculture Expert with GRET:

 

Cities

GRET has been working towards the urban, economic and social integration of makeshift neighbourhoods for the last 25 years. Its projects and expert appraisals promote an inclusive type of urban development which takes into account the constraints of climate disruption.

See GRET’s position on Climate and towns

Interview of Renaud Colombier, Urban Development Expert with GRET:

 

Natural Resource Management

Deforestation is responsible for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. Promoting a permanent and environment-friendly type of agriculture as an alternative to clearing is a strong reduction issue in the world’s lungs (Brazilian Amazonia, the Congo Basin, South-East Asia, etc.), but is in no way detrimental to the living conditions of communities inhabiting the forests.

See GRET’s position on Climate and Forests
See GRET’s solution data sheets
Simple Management Plans for Customary Lands
Community Agro-Forestry to Reconcile Food Safety and Energy Safety

Interview of Judicaël Fétiveau, Natural Resource Management Expert with GRET:

 

Energy

Renewable energies development is at the heart of the strategies to curb climate change, by cutting down on deforestation, replacing fossil fuels and providing access to electricity to communities still without. GRET has been developing renewable energy solutions in Madagascar and Mauritania for 10 years.

See GRET’s position on Climate and Energy
See GRET’s solution data sheet Typha of course: Turning an Invasive Plant into Energy and Providing an Alternative to Deforestation

Interview of Minh Cuong Le Quan, Energy Expert with GRET:

Communication and advocacy contact person: Marie Bessières, bessieres@gret.orgwww.gret.org/cop21

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