Highlights and images for 25 November 2018



Day 9 at the Rio Conventions Pavilion focused on the theme ‘Agriculture and Biodiversity: Walking hand-in-hand toward a sustainable world.’ Seven panel sessions took place, highlighting diverse perspectives from the fields of agroecology, sustainable soil and land management, geodata, biodiversity conservation, climate change and sustainable intensification of agriculture. Specific objectives of Agriculture Day included:

  • Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the CBD and its role in mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services into agriculture, taking the lessons learned as an input to discuss the future steps;
  • Providing a forum to showcase applications of integrated land use planning and management involving diverse stakeholders;
  • Highlighting sustainable approaches to accelerate biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity resources and equitable participation in productive landscapes; and
  • Presenting regional and global initiatives that support countries in the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of socio-economic-ecological solutions and their contribution to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Agriculture Day closed with a special event to launch the publication, ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes.’The Day was co-organized by the CBD, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of Mexico, in partnership with Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Rare, IUCN, Conservation International.

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Biodiversity for sustainable agriculture
and food security and nutrition
From L-R: David Cooper, CBD Secretariat; Hamdallah Zedan, Egypt; Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico; and Irene Hoffmann, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Monica Kobayashi, CBD Secretariat
Hamdallah Zedan, Egypt
David Cooper, CBD Secretariat
Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico
Irene Hoffmann, FAO, and Monica Kobayashi, CBD Secretariat
Soil in the nexus: UNCBD, UNFCCC, UNCCD
From L-R: Edda Fernández Luiselli, Mexico; Glenn Litsios, Environmental Footprints of Switzerland; Kelly Ramirez, Netherlands Institute of Ecology; and Nandula Raghuram, International Nitrogen Initiative
Edda Fernández Luiselli, Mexico
Glenn Litsios, Environmental Footprints of Switzerland
Ronald Vargas, FAO
Nandula Raghuram, International Nitrogen Initiative
Biodiversity for food and nutrition: Challenges and opportunities
From L-R: Yoji Natori, Conservation International Japan; Lusike Wasilwa, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO); William Dunbar, International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative; Raja Sharma Rymbai, Indigenous Terra Madre Network; Cristina Romanelli, CBD Secreatariat; and Álvaro Toledo, FAO
Danny Hunter, Bioversity International
Lusike Wasilwa, KALRO
Raja Sharma Rymbai, Indigenous Terra Madre Network
William Dunbar, International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative
Cristina Romanelli, CBD Secreatariat, and Álvaro Toledo, FAO
The power of pollinators to transform agricultural systems
From L-R: Hien Ngo, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); Irene Hoffmann, FAO; Ruth Spencer, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme; Stefanie Christmann, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA); and Carlos Tonelli, Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA)
Ruth Spencer, GEF Small Grants Programme
Stefanie Christmann, ICARDA
Carlos Tonelli, IBAMA
Daniela Guarás, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Feeding the planet and protecting biodiversity: Can we choose both outcomes?
Jeffrey Griffin, FAO
Mark Zimsky, GEF
Yoko Watanabe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Marieta Sakalian, UNEP
Agroecological approaches and biodiversity-friendly practices to increase productivity
From L-R: Jean Lanotte, France; Georgina Catacora-Vargas, Plurinational State of Bolivia; Nori Ignacio, Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE); Mariann Bassey, Friends of the Earth Congo; and Joji Carino, Forest Peoples Programme
Jean Lanotte, France
Mariann Bassey, Friends of the Earth Congo
Nori Ignacio, SEARICE
Emile Frison, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)
Making the transition to sustainable agriculture: Articulation of regulation and incentives at landscape level
Sheila Wertz-Kanounnikoff, FAO
Philip Dobie, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Jasmin Hundorf, GiZ-Mexico
Launch of UN Environment publication “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes"
From L-R: Lusike Wasilwa, KALRO; Emile Frison, IPES-Food; Prem Mathur, Bioversity International; Bala Pisupati, Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (FLEDGE); Jeffrey Griffin, GEF; and Gamini Samarasinghe, Plant Genetic Resources Center, Sri Lanka
Lusike Wasilwa, KALRO
Prem Mathur, Bioversity International
Around the venue