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Side Event 2424: Learning from the past to inform the 2050 Vision: improving target setting, assessing progress and applying the Agrobiodiversity Index

3 July 2018, 18:15-19:45, Room D

The 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity provides an opportunity to critically assess the targets set for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the effectiveness of measures taken under the convention and its strategic plans.

This joint event by Bioversity International, BirdLife International (RSPB) and UNEP-WCMC will present information generated from assessing these aspects that could inform development of a follow up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 which is expected to be adopted at CBD COP-15 in 2020.

It will also present the Agrobiodiversity Index – a tool to measure and manage agrobiodiversity in sustainable food systems, and how it can be applied to measuring country and company commitments to, and actions in persuit of, progressing multiple Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The session running order*:

Opening remarks: David Cooper, Deputy Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (5 mins)

Presentation 1: Georgina Chandler, International Policy Officer, RSPB/Mike Harfoot, Senior Ecosystem Modelling Scientist, UNEP-WCMC (15 mins)

Presentation 2: Richard China, Head of Strategic Partnerships and External Engagement and Sarah Jones, Scientist, Bioversity International (15 mins)

Discussion (45 minutes)

*May be subject to changes

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Please note you must be registered for SBSTTA22 in order to attend this side event

Integrating wild and agricultural biodiversity – why we need both

A recent article in The Guardian by Bioversity International's Director General M. Ann Tutwiler raised a really important issue—it’s not just charismatic wild fauna that are threatened with extinction, but a wide range of plant and animal species, varieties and breeds that are also declining and imperiled. This is a vital point for several reasons, most notably, because we are dependent on agricultural biodiversity for our food and nutrition both today, and as a genetic toolkit to respond to future climates, challenges and opportunities.

  • Areas of the world that are high in wild biodiversity are often high in agricultural biodiversity.
    This implies that:
    • agricultural biodiversity and wild biodiversity often occur in the same places
    • diverse agricultural systems can support high levels of wild biodiversity and contribute to conservation strategies
    • both wild and agricultural biodiversity are impacted by similar threats (e.g. landscape simplification, agricultural intensification based on high levels of external inputs)
    • there is potential to better integrate and align efforts and activities to achieve outcomes for both agricultural and wild biodiversity, and e) biodiversity conservation and food production outcomes may not necessarily be opposed to one another.
  • The utilitarian benefits of both wild and agricultural biodiversity are profound. An enormous range and number of ecosystem service benefits are delivered to farmers and wider society by both agricultural and wild biodiversity including:
    • food provisioning (crops, wild-caught fish, wild harvested fruits)
    • regulating services (pest and disease control, maintenance of water quality
    • opportunities for carbon sequestration
    • the great cultural significance and aesthetic beauty of many agricultural landscapes and the wild biodiversity they can support.

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