Agrobiodiversity- the key to food security, climate adaptation and resilience

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It is a known fact that agrobiodiversity not only plays a crucial role in food security and nutrition, but also provides environmental services which makes it critical to the sustainability, resilience and adaptability of agricultural production systems.

Assessing the effects of land-use change on agrobiodiversity in Tshongogwe, Zimbabwe

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Together with partners, PAR is undertaking an interdisciplinary research project in eight biocultural landscapes. The project  “Supporting Agrobiodiversity Maintenance and Use in the Context of 
Land Management Decisions” is funded by The Christensen Fund. One of the eight landscapes is Tshongogwe in Zimbabwe, where PAR works with Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources (SAFIRE). Tshongogwe is […]

New Book on Pollination Services to Agriculture

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Title: Pollination Services to Agriculture – Sustaining and enhancing a key ecosystem service Edited by Barbara Gemmill-Herren Co-published with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations “This publication illustrates some of the impressive amount of work that has been carried out focusing on pollinators and pollination in recent years… I would like […]

Call for papers: 18th Annual BIOECON Conference

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What: The 18th Annual Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation (BIOECON) Conference “Instruments and Incentive Mechanisms for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Service Provision” When: 14-16 September 2016 Where: Kings College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. BIOECON-18 will be hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE), the Graduate Institute-Geneva (IHEID) and Cambridge University Department of Land Economy (UCAM), […]

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 […]

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 […]