With their high levels of agrobiodiversity, Latin American countries are implementing innovative research programmes and policies to conserve native and wild crop and animal species. Their work is helping to both promote diversity and facilitate climate change adaptation.
Strengthening Agrobiodiversity: A Key Adaptation Strategy for Latin America’s Mountain Ecosystems begins by describing the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and food production in Latin America’s mountainous areas. It then provides examples of how Latin Americans are capitalising on traditional and scientific knowledge to develop locally-appropriate initiatives aimed at strengthening agrobiodiversity and facilitating adaptation. Finally, this Brief identifies ongoing challenges for Latin America and describes key contextual factors that have facilitated development of climate change adaptation strategies that preserve and promote agrobiodiversity.