June 5: World Environment Day Focuses on Climate Change and Reducing Carbon Emissions

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is using World Environment Day 2008 to draw attention to the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  The Day highlights resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and lifestyles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation, and eco-friendly consumption. The primary international celebration will take place in Wellington, New Zealand.
Although IFPRI has always focused on sustainable development, it is increasingly examining the impacts that climate change is having on the world’s poor, especially rural farmers.  IFPRI and FAO recently released a paper examining the Impact of Climate Change and Bioenergy on Nutrition. On May 7, IFPRI Division Director Mark Rosegrant testified before the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on the impact of biofuel production on high global food prices. A May 2008 IFPRI Discussion Paper assesses the impacts of a social forestry program in Indonesia that provided permits to farm on state-protected land in exchange for protecting remaining natural forestland, planting multistrata agroforests, and using recommended soil and water conservation.
For more information, visit IFPRI’s Climate Change and Bioenergy webpages. To learn more about World Environment Day, visit http://www.unep.org/wed/2008/english/.