A symposium on “Climate Change, Forests and Food Security’ was held at the headquarters of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, promoted and organised by the Italian Embassy in Nairobi and the Italian Cultural Institute in Kenya in association with ICRAF, CIFOR (Centre for International Forestry Research) and Bioversity International.
The main goal of the event was for Kenya and Italy to exchange ideas on best practices, with experts from both countries attending. Mr Lorenzo Ciccarese from ISPRA (Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) and Prof. Stefano Bocchi from the Bicocca University in Milan represented Italy, and contributed towards the discussion on the integrated management of the territory to take account of current climate change and food security challenges.
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification was established in Paris in 1994 and ratified by 200 countries. As a founding member, Italy is active on this front with action taken both in countries at risk and at home; it is also the first European country to have adopted a plan to achieve zero net land degradation by 2030.
In accordance with Italy’s increasing engagement at international level and in view of COP26 to be hosted by Italy in partnership with Great Britain, the intention of the Nairobi event was to stimulate ideas by experts and workers on the urgent environmental issues to be dealt with in order to tackle the effects of climate change.