Guide to Mainstream Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services

Published: December 11, 2016

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (F.A.O), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (C.B.D) have released a technical document that provides guidance on mainstreaming ecosystem services and biodiversity into agricultural production and management in the Pacific Islands.

Launched during the Forest and Agriculture Day at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, as part of the UN Biodiversity Conference currently taking place in Cancun, Mexico, the document is part of a series of technical guidance documents to identify key entry points for policy action and to foster cross-sectorial collaboration. It was funded by the European Union and jointly produced by the F.A.O, C.B.D and regional partner organizations.

“To meet rising global food demands, the agriculture sectors need to produce greater quantities of more diverse and nutritious food. This progress can and must be achieved in a sustainable way, without causing more impacts on biodiversity.” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, C.B.D Executive Secretary.

“This is particularly true for the Pacific Islands which are home to diverse and unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems. These ecosystems support a range of agricultural activities which are important to the economy but which also need to be managed in a sustainable way”.