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PAR Facilitates Seminar on Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

July 20th, 2011

The Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research facilitated a Special Seminar on Climate Change and made a statement during the CGRFA-13 session this week at FAO, Rome

On Saturday 16 July 2011, the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research participated in a Special Information Seminar on “Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities” which took place at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, and which was organized back-to-back with the 13th Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA).

Both the morning and the afternoon sessions were moderated by Toby Hodgkin, coordinator of the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR), and both involved experts and national partners dealing with different areas of genetic resources who shared their views and discussed the risks and opportunities, the challenges and the possible responses to climate change. See the the presentations delivered during the seminar here.

The morning session focused on risks and opportunities of agrobiodiversity in the climate change context and it involved six presentations followed by a final discussion. During the discussion, the moderator invited participants to introduce their visions on how the international, national and local dimensions could be better connected to tackle climate change related challenges. Read the full report of the day here.

On Monday 18th, during the 13th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), agenda item 2.2 Climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture, many parties, some among which representing SOUTHWEST PACIFIC, the AFRICAN GROUP and GRULAC (latin American countries), highlighted the crucial role of genetic resources for food and agriculture in facing climate change impacts.  BIOVERSITY INTERNATIONAL, represented by Emile Frison, stressed the importance of dryland agriculture and use of native species for rehabilitation of degraded land. Finally, Toby Hodgkin, on behalf of the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, made a statement on the importance of agrobiodiversity in adapting to climate change. Read here Toby Hodgkin’s statement on behalf of the PAR.

 

Read here 18th July full day report of the CGRFA 13th Session.