Morocco is hosting the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bab Ighli, Marrakech from 7 November 2016 – 18 November 2016. COP22 will build on last year’s Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21), focusing on action to achieve the commitments of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4 November, recognizes the importance of wetlands conservation as part of the international response to climate change. Thus, COP22 is an opportunity for the SWOS project to present the potential benefits of the SWOS service in supporting the monitoring of the ecological character and degradation of wetlands as well as presenting some of its case studies.
A presentation on the SWOS project will be given at a COP22 side event. The side event is entitled ‘Wetlands and Peat – Understanding the Potential’ and will be jointly organized by UNEP and Jena-Optronik GmbH. It will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 10:30 am – noon. The Ramsar Convention on wetlands will introduce the status of the world wetlands and importance of wetlands for climate change. SWOS project partners Jena-Optronik GmbH, Unité Technique du SEMIDE and Tour du Valat/Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory will present the latest results of SWOS. Furthermore, FAO and Wetlands International will discuss different topics regarding peatlands. Download the agenda of the event here.