Assessment Details

Name Conservation of Gramineae and Associated Arthropods for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Africa
Description Grasses comprise a large and diverse plant group that is probably the most important to mankind, yet has rarely been the focus of biodiversity projects. Another largely neglected group in biodiversity studies is insects and other arthropods, which represent about 70% of the world's biodiversity.
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Lead Organization UNEP and International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI)
Programme Areas Agricultural Biodiversity
Project Status Ongoing
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Regions Africa
Relevance to CBD The project proposed herein aims first to understand how diversity of Gramineae and associated insects in and around various agro-ecosystems and socio-economic surroundings contributes to ecosystem stability in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mali, and how indigenous and novel agricultural practices using native biodiversity can contribute to stability and conservation, and finally to adapt and promote the practical application of this knowledge in self-regulatory pest control and sustainable agriculture, while building national capacity and public awareness to effect lasting changes.
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