Review of International Assessments

By Jane Barr, Brady Deaton, Jenny Gleeson, Alfons Weersink on July 8, 2008
Three major multi-year international science assessments were recently released to the public, shedding light on the status and trends in global environmental issues, climate change, and agricultural science and technology. Given its export orientation and sensitivity to global forces of socio-economic and environmental change, the sustainability and competitiveness of Canadian agriculture requires keeping external conditions constantly under review. With this purpose in mind, this IISD report summarizes the results of UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-4), the fourth report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) using agriculture as its reviewing lens. It then identifies and analyzes the major implications of these findings for Canadian agriculture in light of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's main policy goal: to create a sector that iscompetitive and innovative, contributes to society's priorities, and proactively manages risk.

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IISD, 2008