Agriculture and forestry in the Southeast Asian Region offer great potential for the stabilization of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, through reduction of emissions by source and removals by sinks from deforestation and forest degradation, afforestation and reforestation, sustainable management of land (e.g. wetlands) and forests, and improved management of rice production, amongst others. More than other sectors, agriculture and forestry offer options to link adaptation and mitigation measures.
Having been aware of the threat of climate change to food security in Southeast Asia, and acknowledgeing its potential to strengthen the resilience of its people and ecosystems, and to mitigating climate change through a coordinated response, ASEAN has developed a Multi-sectoral Framework on Climate Change and Food Security that has been endorsed by the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in November 2009 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
The Multi-Sectoral Framework covers the Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Forestry sectors and coordinates with the Environment, Health, Energy, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication sectors.
The AFCC aims to contribute to food security through sustainable, efficient and effective use of land, forest, water and aquatic resources by minimizing the risks and impacts of and the contributions to climate change.
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