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United Nations and Specialized Agencies

United Nation University

Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.
  • Animal genetic resources
    Livestock are a crucial part of agricultural biodiversity. The erosion of animal genetic resources for food and agriculture (AnGR) globally, and particularly in many developing countries, has accelerated in recent years as a consequence of the dynamic development of production systems (intensification and industrialization), in response to surging demand for animal products. Climate change, livestock diseases, civil conflicts, environmental disasters and grazing land degradation pose an additional threat. The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture identified significant gaps in capacities to manage AnGR, particularly in developing countries. Therefore, the international community, under the aegis of FAO's Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), adopted the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources (GPA) at the Interlaken Conference in September 2007. It was subsequently endorsed by the 34th FAO Conference.
  • FAO fact-sheets on agricultural biodiversity
    FAO produced a series of fact-sheets on different components and aspects of agricultural biodiversity. The aim of these fact-sheets is to raise awareness on agricultural biodiversity and its role in sustainable agriculture. They cover aspects related to plant genetic resources, animal resources, forestry, aquatic resources and crop-associated biodiversity (pollinators, soil) among others, as well as other issues such as people and biodiversity and climate change and food production. ( [English] [French] [Spanish])
  • Pollinators
    Pollinators are essential for orchard, horticultural and forage production, as well as the production of seed for many root and fibre crops. Pollinators such as bees, birds and bats affect 35% of the world's crop production, increasing outputs of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide. FAO, through its Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture, prepared a folder containing a series of fact-sheets on different aspects of pollination services. These include knowledge management, best practices profiles, climate change and pollination services, overcoming the taxonomic impediment and pollinator diversity and abundance on farms.

Inter-Governmental Organizations

Council of Europe

European Space Agency
  • Invitation flyer: Space Supporting the Rio (UNCBD, UNCCD, UNFCCC), World Heritage and Ramsar Conventions
    Earth Observation (EO) from space provides the means to monitor globally trends in indicators of biodiversity over space and time. This side event highlights the overarching role of EO satellites providing critical information on benchmarks and indicators for the implementation of several United Nation treaties related to biodiversity issues - namely the Convention of Biological Diversity, the Convention to Combat Desertification, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Heritage and the Ramsar Convention.
  • Brochure: Earth Observation from Space supporting Biodiversity Conservation
    The DIVERSITY project, funded by ESA through its Data User Element (DUE) programme, demonstrates the contribution of Earth Observation (EO) satellites to monitor the trends and status of different marine and terrestrial ecosystems relevant to biodiversity. In collaboration with a group of NGOs, UNESCO and the CBD secretariat the monitoring of several biodiversity indicators has been implemented from regional (Central America) to global scale. More information at the ESA booth on the Plaza of Diversity (19.-30.05, stand 75).

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)

Biodiversity Research - Safeguarding the Future

Ethiopian Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF)

Gene Campaign

Global Forest Coalition (a coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples' Organizations)

USC CanadaSeeds of Survival
  • The Seed Map: Food, Farmers, and Climate Chaos ([English (low-res)] [English (high-res: 4MB)] [French]) is a teaching and advocacy tool that shows the state of global agro-biodiversity today. It identifies key threats to the world’s seed and biodiversity systems, particularly the impact of climate change, and highlights regions where institutions and peoples’ movements are working to preserve agricultural biodiversity.

    We all want to know where our food comes from, but the Seed Map will tell you where it REALLY came from by mapping out the ‘Centres of Origin’ of commonly eaten foods. It’s an engaging way to learn about global agriculture and food production. This map was produced by USC Canada and ETC Group.

    WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE FINANCIAL SUPPORT from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), CS Fund, HKH Foundation, Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation and Marin Community Foundation.
  • Seeds of Survival Newsletter ([English] [French] [Spanish])
    Calls for food sovereignty continue to rise in importance among NGOs and social movements around the world. As a means of spreading information and stories about food sovereignty and the important work of farmers at the heart of this issue, USC Canada regularly produces a Seeds of Survival newsletter as a means of stimulating dialogue, debate, and analysis about food sovereignty, agro-biodiversity, and seed issues.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

World Rainforest Movement
The World Rainforest Movement is an international network of citizens' groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests. It works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and supports their efforts to defend the forests from commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations, shrimp farms, colonisation and other projects that threaten them.

Workinggroup on Rainforests and Biodiversity (ARA)

Global Justice Ecology Project

Biodiversity Network Japan
  • Conserving Nature - A Japanese Perspective
    This publication was prepared for CBD COP9 to showcase broad experiences, views and initiatives on biodiversity in Japan in order to share our experiences and explore new approaches for biodiversity conservation. It covers Japanese cultural and social background and historical experiences regarding nature conservation as well as recent efforts being made by various actors, such as national and local governments, the private sector, museums and NPOs with different interest.

Educational Institutions

Swiss Academy of Sciences

The Center for Development Research (ZEF Bonn)
An international and interdisciplinary academic research institute of the "Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms" University in Bonn, Germany. Its main research project on biodiversity is about the Conservation and use of wild populations of Coffea arabica in the montane rainforests of Ethiopia: www.coffee.uni-bonn.de

Press and Media

IOS Press



German Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (VFA)

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