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FAO and the Convention on Biological Diversity Discuss Joint Work

FAO Director-General and head of Convention look at focuses for the future
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Braulio De Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Opening Session, Forests for food security and nutrition, Plenary hall, FAO headquarters.

13 May 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the sidelines of the first International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition being held this week in Rome.

Graziano da Silva and Ferreira de Souza Dias took a moment to review the two organizations’ joint work and how relationships have evolved over time between the CBD and FAO, as well as with FAO’s individual technical units.

The Director-General and Braulio Dias exchanged views on the  access and benefit-sharing system adopted by  the Nagoya Protocol and already integrated into the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Mr. Dias said he expects the Nagoya Protocol to come into force at the Twelfth Conference of the Parties (COP-12), to be held in 2014..

They also discussed how to improve the future work of FAO and CBD with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), especially at the global level, where increased coordination would be needed. In this context, they agreed to exchange information on issues that could be managed by both institutions jointly, such as the recovery of degraded ecosystems. The Director-General said that the FAO Regional Office in Santiago already has a project for degraded pasturelands in Latin America, that might interest the Secretariat of CBD. The Executive Secretary of the CBD also pointed out that some satellite mapping instruments being used to analyse degraded areas may be of interest to FAO.

The Director-General thanked Braulio Dias for his participation in the opening session of the Conference.