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Events at COP27


Congo Basin: Raising Ambitions and Driving Solutions

Tuesday 8 November | 16:45 – 18:15 (EET) | UK Pavilion

Home to the largest carbon sink in the world, absorbing 4% of global emissions annually, regulating Africa’s climate, and supporting 80 million people’s livelihoods. Professor Simon Lewis joined to explore the vital importance of the Congo Basin, discussing challenges and solutions with key stakeholders to drive forward action.

Co-benefits and trade-offs of climate action, uncovering new incentives for early climate action

Thursday 10 November | 15:00 – 16:00 (EET) | UK Pavilion

The benefits of avoided impacts from lower emissions will be felt over coming decades. However, the co-benefits of climate action on aspects such as air quality, health, energy and food security can be realised much sooner and add to the benefit of avoided climate impacts. This event highlighted current understanding of co-benefits and trade-offs of different mitigation and adaptation interventions, placing them in the context of current societal challenges. Dr Bianca van Bavel joined a panel to provide evidence that can be used to reinforce the advantages of early climate action and will contribute new knowledge that can be used in the Global Stocktake. The event also launched the new Climate (Co)Benefits Portal.

Repurposing public support to food and agriculture to enable a just rural transition

Friday 11 November | 14:00 – 15:45 (EET) | Food Systems Pavilion

This Pavilion event sees the launch of the agricultural subsidies action plan and policy brief which Dr Nicole Nisbett has been working on as part of her Priestley Innovation Fellowship with our partner Clim-Eat.

Energy for Sustainable Development and Food Security in Africa

Tuesday 15 November | 9:00 – 10:30 (EET) | Africa Pavilion

Dr Rebecca Sarku joined the panel.

Critical to meeting global climate targets: high integrity forests

Tuesday 15 November | 18:00 – 19:30 (EET) | Nature Zone

Conserving high integrity forests is critical to the Paris goals and the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests. Leading researchers will share the latest scientific developments. Professor Simon Lewis joined the panel.

Agricultural transformation requires a stronger focus on justice for vulnerable farmers

Tuesday 15 November | 18:30 – 19:30 (EET) | Food and Agriculture PavilionWCS

At COP27, the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture will determine agriculture’s future in climate talks. Yet research from Dr Rebecca Sarku and colleagues at the University of Leeds shows the working group has not prioritized justice. Audience and speakers will discuss just agricultural transformation in the UNFCCC and beyond.

Sustainable peatland management: the vision of the Congo Basin countries and opportunities for collaboration

Wednesday 16 November | 10:30 – 11:30 (EET) | Pavilion of the Congo Basin Climate Commission

Professor Simon Lewis joined this event that brought together leaders and experts from the Congo Basin countries to discuss Africa’s common vision for the sustainable management of its peatlands – the largest carbon reservoir in the world.

The role of universities in supporting institutions to the target of net-zero emissions

Wednesday 16 November | 10:30 – 12:00 (EET) | Italian Pavilion

The Italian University Network for Sustainable development (RUS) and the UK Universities Climate Network (UUCN) presented their experiences. The aim was to provide methodological and educational solutions to support institutions on the path to achieving net zero emissions.

State of the World’s Peatlands Global Peatlands Assessment: Evidence for peatlands action

Thursday 17 November | 13:15 – 14:45 (EET) | Hatshepsut, Blue Zone

The Global Peatlands Assessment (GPA), a Global Peatlands Initiative flagship product, was launched during the event. An updated Global Peatland Map was also be launched, supported by hotspot maps and global case studies. Professor Simon Lewis joined the panel.

Global Stocktake Poster

CONSTRAIN will be displaying a poster at COP27 that illustrates their submission to the Global Stocktake. You can also see the poster online.