World Water Day 2012: CBD Executive Secretary recognizes importance of agricultural biodiversity in meeting challenging water situation






World Water Day: 22 March 2012. In his message on the occasion of World Water Day 2012 “Water and Food Security”, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, recognizes the importance of the different roles agricultural biodiversity can play in water-use efficiency, water retention in soils and the role of healthier ecosystems for securing water for food production in the face of increasing water scarcity and extremes in its availability.

Mr. Ferreira De Souza Dias maintains that biodiversity is increasingly being viewed as a solution to problems and not anymore as requiring “trade-offs” between biodiversity, water and food production. Only with full recognition that those are mutually supporting objectives at play, with significant win-win opportunities, and with enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and it’s Aichi Biodiversity Targets, backed by strong political will, the goal of achieving a food- and water-secure world by 2050 will be realized.

To read the full message from the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, click here.

To know more about the World Water Day, visit the UN Website on World Water day 2012 here.