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Monday, 15 October 2012

World Agroforestry Centre and Convention on Biological Diversity enter sustainable land use pact

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed an agreement that signals a renewed commitment to the sustainable use of land resources and indigenous biodiversity, as well as ‘climate smart’ agriculture.
The goal of the new agreement is to “improve smallholders’ livelihoods through sustaining and/or enhancing ecosystem services through the development and application of knowledge on the use of trees to diversify farming systems.” This contributes directly to the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020) and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for protecting the world’s biodiversity. So far, 197 countries have signed on to the Targets.
CBD Executive Secretary, Braulio Ferreria de Souza Dias, said the Memorandum of Understanding wouldserve to harness the practical knowledge resident within ICRAF, the CGIAR and partners in meeting the Aichi Targets.
Both signatories said they looked forward to seeing tangible outcomes from the new agreement, whose strategic objective is “the development of science-based methodologies for improvement of agricultural productivity and sustainability, by applying principles of sound land-use and sustainable use of indigenous biodiversity to also reinforce ‘climate smart’ agriculture.”

Source: World Agroforestry Centre