Preliminary Agenda

Conference on Reducing Emissions from Open Agricultural Burning

Kathmandu, Nepal, 20-21 February 2015

Conference Objectives

  • Characterizing burning using completed mapping combined with regional expert input: who burns what, where and why
  • Identifying potential mitigation options and barriers
  • Identifying key actors and stakeholders as well as establish partnerships
  • Help in raising regional awareness of the impacts and importance of open burning and
    the general work of the CCAC in the region

Day 1

10:00 – 17:30

  1. Welcome and Introduction
    High level representative of the Nepalese MEP (tbd)
    Dr. David Molden, ICIMOD (tbc)
    Dr. Svante Bodin, ICCI
    FAO (tbd)
  1. Context and Objective
    SLCPs, CCAC and the Cryosphere. Objectives of the Conference
    Dr. Svante Bodin, ICCI
  1. Satellite data on open agricultural burning – where and when
    Dr. Jessica McCarty, Michigan Tech Research Institute, Michigan Technological
    University
    Presentation and discussion

Lunch

  1. Analysis of burning patterns and crops across the region
    Continued discussion and Conclusions
  1. Short presentations by participants from different regions or countries on regional assessments and data
    Open burning occurrence – geographical distribution, timing, emissions of BC and
    PM2.5; National representatives including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, China, Kyrgyzstan,        Nepal, Mongolia, Pakistan and Thailand
    Discussion

Day 2

09:00-16:00

  1. Reasons for burning
    By country/region
    Discussion
  1. Mitigations options – Alternatives to burning for most important crops and burning
    areas

    Alternatives to current practices
    Current legislation and national actions
    Identification of mitigation options and barriers to implementation
    Identification of key actors and stakeholders

Lunch

  1. Awareness-raising in the region
    Discussion
  1. Conclusions and Recommendations
    Main messages and recommendations.