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CBD/COP10 side event

A + B (Agriculture and Biodiversity)


Date: 20 October

Time: 18:15 - 19:45

Location: Nagoya Congress Center (NCC) Room 212A - Bldg 2, 1st Floor

Co-organizer: Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries(MAFF), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Language: English

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Agriculture is critical to preservation of biodiversity: Nowadays much of the world’s land is subject to human management for production of food, fiber and timber. Contrary to the commonly held view that agriculture is a threat to biodiversity, a large number of agricultural systems can embrace biodiversity at genetic, species and landscape levels. This can benefit food production, livelihood quality, ecosystem services and can help cope with environmental changes.

Agrodiversity that integrates biological, social, and institutional components is a result of co-adaptation between humans and nature over generations. However, these agricultural systems, along with their agrodiversity, are at risk of being lost due to a lack of recognition and support. The biodiversity crisis must be seen not only as the loss of species and habitats, but also as the loss of agrodiversity that has formed patchy landscapes in which many of endangered species exist.

This side event aims to provide different viewpoints of agriculture linked with biodiversity and discuss how to internationally promote the importance of agriculture for biodiversity as well as the importance of diversity in agricultural practices and innovative approaches to adaptive management of agrodiversity.

Note: This event is free and open to all COP10 participants. Participants should hold an official accreditation pass for COP 10 to enter the venue.



18:15 - 18:20 Introduction

Shimako Takahashi, UNU-ISP

18:20 - 18:25 Opening Remarks

Kunio Oguri, Director-General for Technical Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan

18:30 - 18:55 Agriculture and Biodiversity: Challenges toward a Sustainable Society

Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice-Rector of UNU, Director of UNU-ISP, Professor of the University of Tokyo

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18:55 - 19:20 Agricultural Heritage Systems and Biodiversity in a Warming Planet

Parviz Koohafkan, Director of Land and Water Division, FAO

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19:20 - 19:45 Bio-cultural Diversity Potentials in the Japanese Countryside

Anne McDonald, Director of United Nations University -Institute of Advanced Studies, Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa

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19:45 Closing

For more details, please download the programme below.

Programme "Agriculture and Biodiversity " (PDF 369KB)