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COP 13 Side Event 1718:Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems

Scientific foundations for an Agrobiodiversity Index – a measure of food system diversity and sustainability

COP13 Side Event #1718
13:15 - 14:45
5 December 2016
Contact Group 2 Meeting Room
Moon Palace Hotel

Mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being is critical in sustainable food systems. Diversity of diets, of the crops and animal products produced, of the varieties of these crops, and of the cultures and actors managing and benefiting from this diversity, is increasingly identified as key to food system sustainability. Agrobiodiversity is also integrated in the Aichi Targets for the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, however, there is no consistent way of tracking agricultural biodiversity in food systems.
To manage agrobiodiversity, we need to measure it.

Building on agrobiodiversity science combined with new innovative approaches, interconnected databases and an active ground-rooted network, a new global service of agrobiodiversity tracking can be initiated for governments and their development partners, to inform policies and create an enabling environment for sustainable investment. Other exciting applications include structuring part or all of a green bond around agrobiodiversity and to rate the performance of companies to guide and stimulate investment in agriculture and the value chain in ways that improve food system diversity and sustainability. For example, the green bond market is worth USD 600 billion and rising. However only USD 2 billion of that investment has been directed to food and agriculture, in part because no metrics have been developed for food system sustainability.

This side event, co-hosted by Bioversity International and the European Commission, will showcase the rationale, intellectual underpinning, and uses of an Agrobiodiversity Index and how it can be a key tool for countries, financial markets and corporations to increase private and public investment in sustainable food and agriculture.

Evidence will be presented on four interlinked dimensions in which the world’s agrobiodiversity interacts with the global food system: healthy diets, resilient and productive agroecosystems, dynamic seed systems and agrobiodiversity conservation. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges ahead in effectively mainstreaming biodiversity in sustainable food systems.

Panel members will represent CGIAR, the European Commission, governments and the private sector (final panel line-up to be confirmed).

Lunch will be served. Space is limited, so if you wish to attend this event, please RSVP to Aman Sidhu so we can reserve your seat and lunch

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