Government Action to Reduce Methane from Rice Production


Paddy rice is a staple crop for much of the world’s population. It is also a key source of the greenhouse gas methane, responsible for about 40 million tonnes, or 10% of global emissions, each year.

Sustainable rice production practices that reduce water consumption and the need for fertilizers can control increasing methane emissions and ensure the livelihoods of millions of smallhold rice farmers.

This webinar looks at the experiences of the governments of Viet Nam and Bangladesh in developing and implementing policies to reduce methane from paddy rice and explores how these actions can simultaneously reduce air pollution and climate change with benefits for food security. 


  • Drew Shindell, CCAC Special Advisor on Methane Action (tbc) 
  • Alice Alpert, Office of Global Change Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and International Scientific Affairs, US State Department  
    Opening remarks
  • Dr. Tran Dai Nghia, Director, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Economics Studies, The Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) Ministry of Agriculture (Viet Nam)
    Viet Nam: Practice-Change Solutions in the Field 
  • Dr. S.M. Mofijul Islam, Senior Scientific Officer and Head, Regional Station, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (Bangladesh) 
    Bangladesh: Involving Farmer Organisations 
  • Marci Baranski (UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)) 
    UNEP: Measuring, reporting, and verification of methane emissions in rice systems
  • James Lomax, Program Management Officer Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture (UNEP) and other panellists  
    Discussion and Audience Q&A
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