FAO Biodiversity Mainstreaming Platform

Parties at the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2016 called for the mainstreaming of biodiversity across the agriculture sectors.

FAO offered to act as the Biodiversity Mainstreaming Platform (the Platform) to facilitate dialogue and exchanges between governments and other stakeholders regarding the sustainable use, management and restoration of biodiversity across the agriculture sectors.

Partner and stakeholder engagement

In May 2018, FAO co-organized with the CBD Secretariat the Multi-stakeholder dialogue on biodiversity mainstreaming across the agricultural sectors. The Dialogue, which was held in Rome, brought together about 250 ministers, policy makers, experts, and representatives from inter-governmental organizations, private groups and civil society.  

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FAO Strategy on Mainstreaming Biodiversity across Agricultural Sectors

The FAO strategy on mainstreaming biodiversity was approved at the FAO Conference in 2019, in view of preparations for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

To deliver the FAO strategy, the Platform organized with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, a set of regional dialogues to consult with different stakeholders and to give the Strategy a global perspective, as recommended at the 161st Session of the FAO Council.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

29-30 October 2018. At the High-level regional dialogue on the mainstreaming of biodiversity in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors (DRANIBA), the following recommendations for an LAC Action Plan emerged: 

To create or promote a food initiative based on product diversification; incorporate biodiversity criteria and indicators into food systems; develop a platform of indicators or evaluation criteria to measure the progress of the integration of biodiversity in the agriculture sectors; involve ministries of finance in the formulation of plans and programs to integrate biodiversity as a strategy for human well-being; and identify and value the economic, social and cultural contribution of biodiversity and ecosystems.

Asia and the Pacific

17-19 July 2019. The main outcome of the regional consultative meeting on biodiversity mainstreaming across agricultural sectors in Asia and the Pacific was the creation of awareness and capacity building for multi stakeholders. It also contributed to FAO’s work on biodiversity mainstreaming by supporting and promoting the related strategy, at both regional and global level. More... Recommendations included:

To support and facilitate dialogues and workshops; to increase the integration of biodiversity in agricultural policies, planning and investments; to develop regional plans and to establish a biodiversity technical network through e-learning.

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4-5 November 2019. The African regional multi-stakeholder dialogue on biodiversity mainstreaming across agricultural sectors took place in Kigali, Rwanda, hosted by the Government of Rwanda and co-organized by FAO with the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The event raised awareness on the importance of biodiversity mainstreaming across agricultural sectors, and was a chance to exchange knowledge and experiences and share lessons learned on biodiversity mainstreaming in countries within the region, fostering mutual learning among different stakeholders.

Executive summary and recommendations



Near East and North Africa

3-5 November 2019. The objective of the regional dialogue on biodiversity mainstreaming across agricultural sectors in the Near East and North Africa region was to review the draft of the FAO Strategy on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors, and provide FAO with a perspective from the region.

The participants emphasized the need for greater focus on invasive species and pollinators. They confirmed that the economic value of the ecosystem services provided by biodiversity should be estimated and that there should be a regional study on climate change.

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