Environment Conventions and agreements

Updated November 2000

Special: Biological diversity for food and agriculture

Collaboration with the Convention on Biological Diversity


Introduction | Collaboration with CBD | Documents | Selected biological diversity-related meetings and workshops | Integrated Management of Biological Diversity for Food and Agriculture | FAO corporate website on biological diversity for food and agriculture

The FAO Conference, at its Twenty-eighth Session in October 1995, stressed the importance of an integrated approach and full cooperation with the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and considered that the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, with its broadened mandate covering all components of biodiversity of relevance to food and agriculture, would provide for effective cooperation with the COP. Towards this end the FAO Council, in November 1995, requested the Commission as part of its mandate in sectoral and cross-sectoral matters related to biodiversity of relevance to food and agriculture, to respond to requests from the COP in this area.

As the FAO technical focal point to the CBD, SDRN facilitates and co-ordinates the work of the Inter-Departmental Working Group (IDWG) on Biological Diversity for Food and Agriculture. The IDWG includes representatives from each FAO department working on issues relevant to biological diversity, and meets regularly to provide an interdepartmental focus on this cross cutting issue. Task forces are established to carry out specific tasks. For example, a task force of the Working Group carried out an assessment of ongoing activities and instruments on agricultural biological diversity, in collaboration with the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In the context of the assessment, four priority elements for a programme of work on agricultural biodiversity were identified. Following discussion at the fifth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), these elements were tabled for decision by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD at its fifth meeting in Nairobi in May 2000, resulting in decision V/5 on agricultural biodiversity. An invitation has now been extended to FAO by the Secretariat of the CBD to support the implementation of the programme of work on agricultural biodiversity. In particular, FAO has been invited to facilitate and co-ordinate the International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pollinators as a crosscutting initiative within the programme of work.

FAO has also been invited to contribute to work related to a number of other COP 5 decisions, including the programme of work on forest biodiversity (decision V/4); on marine and coastal biodiversity, specifically in respect to the issue of coral bleaching (decision V/3); decision V/26 on access and benefit sharing; the implementation of the Global Taxonomy Initiative, including participation in the coordination mechanism (decision V/9); the development of a proposal for the establishment of a Plant Conservation Strategy, taking into account the Global System on Plant Genetic Resources (decision V/10); and work on incentive measures, including the identification of positive incentives and perverse incentives (decision V/15). Regarding Alien Species, close collaboration has been invited on a number of activities that would provide inputs to a paper for the sixth meeting of the SBSTTA.

Note: The designations employed and the presentation of material in this brochure do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authority, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.



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