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IPCC authors meet for final stages of ‘Climate Change and Land’ report

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors will meet in Cali, Colombia from February 11 to 15, 2019 to make final preparations for the special report on “Climate Change and Land” to be released later this year.

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Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair. Photo credit: reneweconomy.com.au

Around 125 authors and IPCC Bureau members from about 45 countries will come together in Cali for their Fourth Lead Author Meeting to start work on preparing a final draft of the report for consideration by governments from April 29 to June 23 in the light of over 14,800 government and expert comments from the recent review of the report’s second order draft.

The report, whose full name is “Climate Change and Land, an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems (SRCCL)”, assesses topics around climate change and land use.

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“Governments and experts have given us valuable guidance and insights on the second order draft of the report,” said P.R. Shukla, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III. “The authors will now prepare the final draft drawing on this expertise which reflects the importance of the review process to the work of the IPCC.”

The report, one of three to be issued this year by the IPCC, is being prepared under the scientific leadership of all three IPCC Working Groups and the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, with support from the Technical Support Unit of Working Group III.

The meeting in Cali is hosted by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

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“We’re honoured to be hosting this distinguished group of authors,” said Louis Verchot, a senior scientist at CIAT and an IPCC author. “This report will be especially relevant for stakeholders throughout the countries where we work and provide essential information for policymakers who are working with the myriad issues surrounding land use and climate change.”

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