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Side Event #2048


Date Wednesday
2016.12.14 @ 18:15
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Room Side event Room 3
Universal building, main floor
Capacity: 60 people
Conference COP 13 / CP-COP-MOP 8 / NP-COP-MOP 2
Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Title Land use decisions and agricultural biodiversity
PAR | Bioversity international |
Agricultural Biodiversity
Biodiversity for Development


Land use decisions and agricultural biodiversity

 “A significant barrier to maintaining biodiversity in production landscapes is the false dichotomy regarding the appropriate agricultural approach (high-input, low-diversity, industrial-scale agriculture versus high-diversity, low-input, smaller-scale farming systems, sometimes also referred to as “land sparing” versus “land sharing”). The debate, however, tends to ignore the efficiency gains available even in high-input systems through ecological intensification. It is also often oversimplified, is based on unrealistic assumptions, ignores the realities of indigenous peoples and local communities, and often overlooks the contribution of biodiversity to food, nutrition, ecosystem functions and resilience ( Developing and applying common criteria for sustainability, including the utilization of enhanced ecosystem services, could help to reduce the polarization of this issue.” (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/20/15)

Over the past two years PAR together with 8 partners from around the world (in Bolivia, Cuba, India, Iran, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Zimbabwe) have worked with rural communities to explore the interface between land use decisions in the context of land sparing and land sharing and the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity. By combining assessments of agricultural biodiversity with community assessments of ecosystem services and resilience within contrasting landscapes PAR and its partners have developed a framework that can be used to help communities take account of the effect of land use decisions on agricultural biodiversity and improve sustainability.

This side event will present the experiences of some of the young researchers and activists involved in the work, outline the draft framework and provide an opportunity to discuss the ways in land use decisions can take account of agricultural biodiversity.

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