At its last meeting the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture requested its Secretariat to carry out a survey that would help identify “Lessons learned about the ways and means to conserve and use genetic diversity to build resilience to climate change in food and agriculture systems”.
This survey was carried out by PAR on behalf of the Secretariat and with assistance from Bioversity International in September 2014. The survey was designed to gather experiences from around the world on climate change adaptation and mitigation actions that involve the use of genetic diversity and on the extent to which genetic resources are used for adaptation and mitigation and their potential is recognised.
The report of the Survey can be found here. The Summary of the report presents the main findings on perceptions of the effect of climate change on conservation and use of genetic resources, the technical and policy actions that are supporting adaptation and mitigation, and concerns about research, information management, public awareness and capacity building provided by survey participants.
For more information please contact Linda Collette, Secretary of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at cgrfaATfao.org.