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Biodiversity for Sustainable Development - Pyeongchang, Korea 2014

Framing Biodiversity and Health in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

In the context of the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), taking place this week and next in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR), represented by Dr Pablo Eyzaguirre, participated this Thursday 8 October into a side-event on “Framing Biodiversity […]

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Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) and IPSI side-event at CBD COP-12

Participants to the 5th IPSI Global Conference, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, 4-5 October 2014 / The Satoyama Initiative

Dr. Pablo Eyzaguirre, from the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research and Bioversity International presented the “Indicators of resilience in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS): Indicators for managing renewable resources in pastures and seascapes” at a International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) side-event during the recent meeting of the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-12) in October in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. Dr. Eyzaguirre also moderated another side event during COP-12, hosted by the United Nations University Institute for Advances Studies on Sustainability (UNU-IAS) entitled “Mobilizing Resources for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Production Landscapes and Seascapes”.

Community Seed Banks in Ethiopia: An innovative approach to improving food security

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The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year.

PAR Workshop on Assessing the Effects of Land Use Change on Agrobiodiversity

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In collaboration with eight partner organisations, PAR is undertaking a study to develop a framework that will integrate different agrobiodiversity measures to support the analysis of the consequences of land use decisions on agrobiodiversity, ecosystem services and resilience. A first workshop with partner organisations, hosted by the International Pollinator Initiative, took place on 6-9 October, 2014 in Rome, Italy. The participants met to share experiences and to agree on common approaches, methodology for data collection and working practices.

Forests as Food Producing Habitats

Forest as food producing habitats/Photo: Living Farms

Read this exploratory study carried out by Living Farms to uncover the issues around collection and consumption of uncultivated foods and the extent of dependence of Adivasi / Indigenous communities on such food, for their food and nutrition security. A negelcted potential held by forests that can support livelihoods of the indian Adivasi indigenous communities, and beyond.

Participatory agricultural research methods: theory key to gain wider acceptance

An example of participatory agricultural research with CIMMYT in Kenya / Photo: CIMMYT

What must we do to gain wider acceptance of participatory agricultural research (PAR) methods within the mainstream of the CGIAR system and beyond? This was one of the topics of discussion at the PARADE workshop. Professor Paul Sillitoe (Department of Anthropology, Durham University) believes the answer to the question will in no small part depend on addressing some of the deep-seated contradictions within development discourse. Pr. Sillitoe outlined the deeply entrenched incongruities that PAR practitioners must resolve, or at least acknowledge. The list is long (17 points in all), which underscores how deeply conflicted our discourse is.

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is upcoming!

Photo credit: World Park Congress 2014

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will take place from 12 to 19 November 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Congress, a landmark global forum on protected areas will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.