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Special Information Seminar on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture: Taking Stock for the Future
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Fourteenth Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 14) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

13 and 15-19 April 2013 | FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy
Highlights for Saturday, 13 April 2013
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The special information seminar on “Biodiversity for food and agriculture: taking stock for the future” was held at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, 13 April 2013, immediately prior to the fourteenth regular session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), held from 15-19 April.

The morning panel discussion addressed the state of the world’s biodiversity for food and agriculture, including presentations on related global environmental challenges, the economic value of biodiversity for food and agriculture, human livelihoods and the importance of global assessments.

In the afternoon, a panel discussion under the title “The contribution of biodiversity for food and agriculture: taking stock” addressed the specificities, challenges and achievements of different components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including animal, plant, forest and aquatic genetic resources, as well as issues related to information on biodiversity for food and agriculture, and indicators. Discussion then focused on challenges and opportunities for biodiversity for food and agriculture and the production of the report on the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.

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The Colosseum in Rome
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From L-R: Facilitator Toby Hodgkin, Coordinator, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research; Dan Gustafson, Deputy Director-General, FAO; Maryam Rahmanian, Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA); CGRFA and Seminar Chair Brad Fraleigh, Canada; Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Pavan Sukhdev, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB); and Robert Watson, University of East Anglia
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CGRFA and Seminar Chair Brad Fraleigh, Canada
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Dan Gustafson, Deputy Director-General, FAO
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Facilitator Toby Hodgkin urging participants to switch off their mobile phones.
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Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD
Pavan Sukhdev, TEEB
Maryam Rahmanian, CENESTA
Robert Watson, University of East Anglia
Asmerom Kidane, Eritrea
Zofia Bulińska-Radomska, Poland
Gemedo Dalle, Ethiopia
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Linda Collette, CGRFA Secretary
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Irene Hoffmann, FAO
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From L-R: Matt Walpole, United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC); Ashley Du Val, FAO; César Tapia, Ecuadorian Agricultural Research Center (INIAP); CGRFA and Seminar Chair Brad Fraleigh, Canada; Lolona Ramamonjisoa, Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources (ITWG FGR); Irene Hoffmann, FAO; and Devin Bartley, FAO
César Tapia, INIAP
Ashley Du Val, FAO
Devin Bartley, FAO
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Arthur da Silva Mariante, Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG AnGRFA), Brazil
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Bert Visser, Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands
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Matt Walpole, UNEP-WCMC
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Lolona Ramamonjisoa, ITWG FGR, Madagascar
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Around the meeting
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Related Links
FAO resources

*Special Information Seminar on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture programme

*CGRFA 14 website and documents

*CGRFA 14 provisional annotated agenda and time-table


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Special Information Seminar on Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities and CGRFA 13, 16 and 18-22 July 2011, FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth Session of the Governing Body (GB 4) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), 14-18 March, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS coverage of the Information Seminar on Policy Arrangements for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and CGRFA 12, 19-23 October 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome Italy

*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 3, 1-5 June 2009, Tunis, Tunisia

*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 2, 29 October - 2 November 2007, UN Headquarters, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS coverage of the First International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, 3-7 September 2007, Interlaken, Switzerland

*IISD RS coverage of CGRFA 11, 11-15 June 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS coverage of ITPGR GB 1, 12-16 June 2006, Madrid, Spain

*IISD RS archive of meetings on Commission on Genetic Resources (CGRFA) and ITPGRFA

*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy

*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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