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Eyzaguirre, Pablo

Pablo Eyzaguirre, Senior Scientist, Bioversity International

Senior Scientist

Pablo coordinates the UNEP-GEF-Bioversity Project on Agricultural Biodiversity in Cuban Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Reserves. He also manages activities on genetic diversity conservation and adaptation in traditional seed systems funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

He is also leading work on adaptation to climate change by traditional farming communities and local responses to biodiversity conservation strategies around ‘land sparing or land sharing’ under the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research hosted by Bioversity International.

Pablo is also the project manager for Bioversity activities on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), and represents Bioversity and manages activities under the Satoyama Initiative at UNU and CBD, funded by the government of Japan.

Pablo previously coordinated global research initiatives at Bioversity International that investigate the links between the agricultural biodiversity and healthy food systems across cultures. He is currently working with conservation biologists to integrate agricultural biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods in the management of protected areas. His work is focused on integrating ecological functions across wild and cultivated landscapes.

Eyzaguirre serves as international advisor to the Groupe de Recherche Mosaïque (CNRS-CEFE Montpellier), and is a member of the science panel for the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS-Future Earth) based at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Pablo is past-president of the International Society of Ethnobiology (2004-2006), and advises global agencies, foundations, and corporations on the role of agricultural biodiversity, biotechnology, and agrarian communities in food security, conservation, and eco-health.

He has taught anthropology in the US, and conducted field research on ecology, institutions, food systems and livelihoods in West and Central Africa. Internationally, he has worked in all major regions of the world, and has published widely on culture and environment in agrarian societies, home gardens, ethnobotany, nutrition, gender, agricultural research and natural resource management in developing countries.



PhD Anthropology (1986), Yale University

Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Agriculture (1988-1990)

Publication highlights:

Agricultural and Environmental Research in Small Countries, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK. 1996,

Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity, P.B. Eyzaguirre and O.F. Linares. Smithsonian Books, Washington, DC. 2004