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Tuesday 12

Side Events Tuesday 12 June

 

Lunch sessions: 12.30-14.00

From Communication to Collaboration: Building New Bridges between Science and Society in a Networked World

ICSU

Room: B8

The Internet has unleashed waves of disruption - both creative and destructive - in the information environment, and the "new normal" appears to be a state of constant flux, where boundaries are dissolving and there is no stable matrix of influence and distribution.
Social media is coming close to overtaking mainstream media as the main source of news for a majority of people in many countries. Journalism is not just being challenged, it is actually being replaced. What does this mean for organizations that previously relied on the media to "communicate" subjects like science which are often complex and difficult to explain.
This side event features leading journalists and science communicators who will discuss the new, more collaborative paradigm for sharing information today - and what this looks like in different countries, notably Brazil, China and South Africa.

 

The science and governance of solar geoengineering

Royal Society, United Kingdom, and the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI)

Room: RDC

Solar geoengineering (SRM), deliberately cooling the Earth by reflecting away a small amount of sunlight, has the potential to be very helpful or very damaging for people and planet. It is impossible to know at this stage whether it would be helpful or harmful, and much depends on how the issue is governed. The Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) is an international NGO that convenes open and transparent discussion on SRM governance. This session will present the basic issues of SRM science and governance, but the emphasis will be on seeking perspectives from all attendees in open discussion.

Speakers:

Professor Paulo Artaxo, University of Sao Paulo

Andrew Parker, Senior Policy Advisor, the Royal Society (UK)

 

Food Security & Sustainable Agriculture: Setting the Post Rio Knowledge & Science Agenda for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication – Priorities & Strategies for Enabling Ecological & Social Intensification of Food and Farming

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)

Room: AMEX

This event will explore the knowledge & science needed to underpin the global transition of agriculture in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. It will inform strategic priorities for the global organic research agenda and its integration into mainstream research programs. It will also discuss the importance of investigating the potential of ‘outliers’ in data sets, and the need to share farmer knowledge and showcase ecological innovations of global significance. Other topics include participatory approaches and innovative uses of biodiversity to stimulate ecological functions and farm performance, including contribution to local and global ecosystem services and the provision of high quality and sustainable nutrition and livelihoods.

Speakers:

Dr. Yemi Olurotimi Akinbamijo, Head of the Agriculture and Food Security Division of the African Union Commission, Ethiopia

André Leu, President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Australia.

Dr. Hans Herren, President of the Millennium Institute in Washington and Founder of Biovision in Switzerland

Dr. Sébastien Treyer, Director of Programs, Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

Sue Edwards, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, Ethiopia

Dr. Maria Fernanda Fonseca, Senior Scientist, Empresa de Pesquisa Agropecuaria do Estado de Rio de Janeiro (PESAGRO)

Bishwadeep Ghose, Knowledge Officer, Green Entrepreneurship Small Producer Agency in Globalised Markets, India

Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli, President of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

 

FAPESP Research Programs on Bioenergy, Biodiversity and Climate Change

State of São Paulo Research Foundation / FAPESP (http://www.fapesp.br/en/)

Room: ANCH

During the last fifteen years FAPESP/São Paulo Research Foundation organized a series of initiatives that established a new paradigm of science organization in Brazil. The BIOTA program, started in 1999, became an example of how to translate biodiversity knowledge into public policies and potential bioproducts, and bridge the gap between scientists, the industrial sector and policy makers. In 2008 two new research networks – BIOEN/Bioenergy Program and PFPMCG/ Global Climate Change Program were launched to articulate public and private R&D and advance and apply knowledge related to ethanol production in Brazil, and to further advance knowledge and develop national scenarios of climate change to guide and assist policy decisions.

 

Evening sessions: 18.15-20.00

KEY EVENT: Oceans in Focus: Science and Governance for Global Sustainability

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO)

Room: Gym

Public awareness about environmental problems has increased in recent years. Societies are now demanding that policy-makers take proactive positions towards respecting the sustainable use and management of natural resources. In some cases, these new approaches are being reflected in marine strategies at regional/international levels, which will demand considerably increased efforts towards oceanographic data acquisition as well as promoting data analysis and technological assistance. Firstly, more and new research has to be done to fully understand and evaluate the impacts of global change on the world’s oceans. Secondly, it has to be recognized that the governance of oceans is fragmented along both sectoral and geographic lines that ignore the interconnectedness and scale of ocean issues. There is an urgent need for an international framework of cooperation for both ocean research and governance, which will define the conditions for scientists to prepare accurate scenarios for the future.

 

Water resources: uncertainties and opportunities, case studies from geographic hotspots

UNESCO, French Water Academy, FAO- Mountain Partnership Secretariat, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences University at Albany  and International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), US

Room: ANCH

This session will present case studies which will look into uncertainties considering climate variability and change and its impact on water resources. It will also report on activities undertaken to understand those challenges. The case studies will consider geographic hotspots of particular concern such as melting glaciers in mountains, arid and semi arid regions, and flood- and drought-affected areas. The session will also discuss implementation of existing policies and available tools and methodologies in the light of their ability to address growing multiple needs and scarcity.

Speakers:

Anil Mishra (Moderator), Programme Specialist, Section of Hydrological Processes and Climate, UNESCO-IHP

Gretchen Kalonji, ADG/SC Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

Gordon Day, President, IEEE

Dr. Mathias Vuille, University at Albany

Dr. Aleix Serrat - Capdevila, University of Arizona

Frédérique Martini, French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments

Dr. Olman Serrano, Mountain Partnership Secretariat

Dr. Abdou Ali, AGRHYMET

Dr. Madhav Karki, ICIMOD

Amélie Boissonnet, French Water Academy

 

E-Extension (or ICT): Transforming & Scaling Agricultural Extension

The Farming First Coalition

Room: RDC

To feed their families, compete in today’s global marketplace, and conserve natural resources, farmers require a range of extension services that go beyond on-farm assistance to include facilitation of relationships, information sharing, and technology transfer. Electronic extension addresses these needs for a wide range of farmers, while extending reach as extension budgets tighten. This panel will highlight a recent World Bank global study on mobile extension models, followed by presentations on three successful models: Mobile, Online & E-Courses. Panelists will discuss the technologies and the challenges for scale and sustainability. Following, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the profiled technologies.

Speakers:

Dr. Kristen Davis (Moderator), Director, Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services

Greg Crosby, National Program Leader, Sustainable Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) United States Department of Agriculture

Dyborn Chibonga, CEO National Association of Smallholder Farmers in Malawi (NASFAM)

Bridget Muasa, Fellow, AWARD: Addressing the gender gap in extensions services provision

Luis Prochnow, Director, IPNI Brazil

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