Participants to the Special Event on the Contribution of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture to Resilience, organized by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), discussed how biodiversity and ecosystem services help protect food production against the impact of long-term environmental changes and shocks created by natural and human-made disasters.
Approximately 120 attendees from government agencies, farmers, the private sector and civil society considered the role that biodiversity for food and agriculture can play for emergency relief, including how the conservation and sustainable use of plant, animal, forest and aquatic genetic resources can help address damage from disasters and contribute to disaster risk reduction (DRR).
The group agreed on several key messages to be transmitted to the CGRFA for further consideration, including the need for: better metrics for biodiversity and approaches to quantify the role of biodiversity and traditional knowledge for DRR and resilience; making genetic resource conservation an integral approach of agricultural resilience strategies; guidance on selecting, accessing and breeding appropriate genetic resources; more collaboration among agricultural sectors; investment in gene banks and breeding for DRR; and awareness raising. Participants also underlined that heterogenous landscapes provide better buffers in case of disasters because they deliver a wider variety of ecosystem services.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided digital coverage and a summary report of the Special Event: The Contribution of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture to Resilience. In addition, IISD Reporting Services produced daily reports, daily digital coverage, and a summary and analysis report from CGRFA 16. The summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF format.
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