The fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook
(GBO-5) provides a final assessment of progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. While nearly all of the Aichi Targets are relevant in some way to agricultural biodiversity, there are some specific elements of the Aichi Targets that are especially relevant to achieving healthy, productive and sustainable agricultural systems; these are Aichi Targets 3, 4, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 18
For more information, see: GBO-5 Agriculture Highlights
Biodiversity plays an important role in underpinning ecosystem functions and services that are essential for the productivity and sustainability of our food systems. As outlined in GBO-5, each of the conditions necessary to achieve the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity requires a significant shift away from ‘business as usual’ across a broad range of human activities. The shape and nature of such transformative change can already be identified through a series of transitions under way to a limited extent in key areas. The key transitions to sustainable pathways related to agricultural biodiversity are:
The Sustainable Agriculture Transition
- This transition recognizes the role of biodiversity, including pollinators, pest and disease control organisms, soil biodiversity and genetic diversity, as well as diversity in the landscape, for productive and resilient agriculture that makes efficient use of land, water and other resources.
The Sustainable Food Systems Transition
- This transition recognizes the potential nutritional benefits from diverse foods and food systems, and the need to reduce demand-driven pressures globally while ensuring food security in all its dimensions.