Beefing Up Climate Action: Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Joins Forces at COP28!

"GRSB Leaders Join Global Efforts at COP28 to Explore Role of Sustainable Beef in Tackling Climate Change"

Leaders of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) are attending COP28, the Conference of Parties, to discuss the role of sustainable beef production in mitigating climate change. COP28 is the main decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and brings together 198 parties, including the European Union, that have signed the framework convention. This year, COP28 is being hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from November 28 to December 12. Ruaraidh Petre, the executive director of GRSB, stated that the beef sector is actively working on climate change and that farmers, ranchers, and producers are on the front line of finding solutions for adaptation and mitigation. Petre emphasized the need for holistic solutions and a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in addressing climate change.

Josefina Eisele, the Latin America regional director of GRSB, highlighted the importance of defining a major Global Adaptation Goal at COP28, which should be measurable and address the demands of developing countries. She stressed the need for resources to prevent climate change from exacerbating poverty and inequality gaps. Eisele also called for developed countries to fulfill their commitment to double climate financing for adaptation by 2025 compared to 2019 levels.

During COP28, GRSB members will attend and participate in various events. On December 8, a UNFCCC side event titled ‘Farmer-Led Adaptation and Mitigation Measures Through Improved Global Livestock Sustainability’ will focus on climate-smart livestock production and showcase adaptation and mitigation approaches from different regions. The event will also discuss finance, targets, and measuring progress to improve sustainability. On December 9, another event called ‘Accelerating the Achievement of NDCs Through Sustainable Livestock Management and Technologies in Grassland Ecosystems’ will take place at the Sustainable Agriculture of the Americas Pavilion. This event will highlight examples of how sustainable livestock management and technologies can enhance grassland ecosystems and contribute to the commitments outlined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Practitioners from Latin America and the Caribbean will share their successful experiences and encourage the replication of these practices across regions.

Eisele expressed pride and acknowledged the challenge of representing GRSB and Latin America at COP28. She emphasized the importance of ensuring that the voice of Latin America is heard and recognized for its leading role in providing global solutions against climate change. With six of the most biodiverse countries in the world, 40% of global biodiversity, and over 25% of the world’s forests, Latin America and the Caribbean play a crucial role in addressing climate change.

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing sustainable beef production. With over 500 members across its global and regional roundtables, GRSB operates in 24 countries and is responsible for more than two-thirds of the cross-border beef trade. GRSB sets ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving land use, and animal welfare. The organization promotes best practices, facilitates knowledge exchange, and fosters collaboration to achieve these goals.

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons is the founder of Forestry & Carbon. Matt has over 25 years as a forestry consultant and is invoilved in numerous carbon credit offset projects.

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