The world is losing biodiversity at an alarming rate: much of it is lost even before we know it was there! The motivation to protect this diversity brings us together in Jeju.
But we are losing not only wild biodiversity. The unique wealth of cultivated species and associated Indigenous Knowledge on its uses is also shrinking dramatically. This has an unprecedented impact on our capacity to feed the world and feed it well. Yet, as the diversity in cultivated fields is reducing, so is our ability to develop more resilient agricultural systems to cope with climate change. There is thus an urgent need for monitoring systems targeting agrobiodiversity in order to prevent this to happen.
Bioversity International is currently exploring community-based, participatory approaches aiming at the development of Red Lists for cultivated species (see abstract no. 0174). I would like to warmly invite you to visit my poster and exchange views on how to move these efforts forward. I will present it on September 8th between 13:00 and 14:30 in the Lobby 1st floor.
Thanks a lot and best wishes