US officials meet with their Moroccan counterparts in preperation for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), which will be hosted by Morocco:
U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing underlined, Thursday in Rabat, the importance of taking agriculture into account during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22)’s debates.
“It is necessary to work on how agriculture will be dealt with during the COP22”, Pershing told the press after a meeting with Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch, noting that the agriculture and forest sector contribute to greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30%.
The meeting was an occasion to discuss and recommend concrete measures and solutions, notably carbon capture and storage and good agricultural practices meant to preserve the soil, he added.
Akhannouch said that agriculture needs to be at the center of COP22 environmental and sustainable development debates, slated Nov. 7- 18 in Marrakech.
“Today, we must provide the necessary resources to support adaptation and encourage agriculture because it is one of the solutions to environmental problems,” he said.
The meeting was attended by US ambassador in Rabat Dwight Bush…[ORIGINAL STORY, SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED]