Fourth Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4)

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The Fourth Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) was held from 22-28 February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting approved the first assessments and summaries for policy makers (SPMs) produced by the platform: a Thematic Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination, and Food Production (the assessment will be available soon […]

Wisdom keepers gathered in Paris and call for unified action

Young wisdom keepers Taimiroa Pajimola (center) and Lindar Winnie Otieno (right) , reading the Vision Statement of the Voices 4 Mother Earth gathering to the press on the Seine river in front of the Notre Dame on Sunday the Sixth of December. Photo: Voices 4 Mother Earth, Embassy of the Earth

The Voices 4 Mother Earth gathering led by wisdom keepers from around the world – Indigenous elders, scientists, farmers, youth and more – took place in parallel of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP-21) from 6-11 December in Millemont, France, and now call for unified action to ensure that the next seven generations have a world in which they can live.

Discussion forum on the benefits of ecosystem services for effective ecological intensification

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On November 30, 2015, scientists and researchers from across the globe will come together to discuss ecological intensification for three weeks on the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN forum) hosted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Ecological intensification—the optimization of all provisioning, regulating and supporting ecosystem services in the agricultural […]

The Future We Want – Perspectives from Indigenous Peoples

PAR and partners' Exhibition on North-east India Diversity at Indigenous Terra PAR and partners' Exhibition on North-east India Diversity at Indigenous Terra Madre 2015, Shillong, India/ Photo credit: Dunja Mijatovic

Indigenous peoples and their supporters from around the world gathered from 3-7 November in Shillong, Meghalaya, among the green East Khasi Hills in north-east India for the second Indigenous Terra Madre. With over 600 delegates from 140 tribes living in 58 countries, the event under the theme “The Future We Want: Indigenous Perspectives and Actions” provided an opportunity for indigenous peoples to exchange views on how to shape a future for food that is more fair, holistic and reverential of the land and its resources. Read here a summary of the event.

Indigenous Terra Madre – International Mei Ramew: Daily Digestive 6 November 2015

ITM 2015 Daily Digest – 6 November. All photographs: Rahul Kumar, Sally Ride, Amanda Larimai, Eleazer Chyne/NESFAS

This last edition of the Indigenous Terra Madre 2015 Daily Digestive provides excerpts of the village visits that took place on 6 November and of the food festival that took place on 7 November, written by the local and international university students and graduates who volunteered their time to provide the coverage of the multitude […]

Indigenous Terra Madre – International Mei Ramew: Daily Digestive 5 November 2015

ITM 2015 Daily Digest – 4 November. All photographs: Rahul Kumar, Sally Ride, Amanda Larimai/NESFAS

Day three of the Indigenous Terra Madre – International Mei Ramew conference was a day of diverging opinions and reactions to both panelists and sessions. Issues included the role of women in the future of food, storytelling “as a process of reclaiming culture” and agroecology as an intercultural practice. In this Thursday 5 November edition , there is an attempt to address both the controversies and complimentary stories captured during the day, both by farmers and their allies.