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Coping with Climate Change: The Use of Agrobiodiversity by Indigenous and Rural Communities

December 4th, 2009

The Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research will present a briefing paper titled “Coping with Climate Change: The Use of Agrobiodiversity by Indigenous and Rural Communities” in Copenhagen, Denmark during the UNFCCC 15th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) from 7 to 18 December 2009.

An earlier version was prepared for the Bangkok Climate Change Talks of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Thailand, 28 September to 9 October 2009. This version was revised to take account of newly collected information and prepared for COP 15 December 2009.

This revised briefing paper describes the essential link between the maintenance and use of agrobiodiversity and the ways in which indigenous peoples and rural communities are adapting to climate change. The information on which this paper is based comes from over 200 case studies and reports collected by the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research project on climate change and can be accessed on an interactive map. The information covers a wide range of adaptation practices and strategies of indigenous and rural communities mainly in dryland, mountain, watershed and costal regions in the tropics and subtropics of Africa, South Asia, Central and South America.

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