This brochure presents information for users on the services and functions of the Global Information System (GLIS) of Article 17 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). Since 2015, the International Treaty has assisted users by developing standardized ways to document, access and share a million records of information about crops through GLIS. This brochure refers to GLIS as a valuable international ‘one-stop-shop’ for the exchange of plant resources information around the world through globally accepted standard descriptors and DOIs.

The main outcome of the Regional Consultative Meeting on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors in Asia and the Pacific region was the creation of awareness and capacitybuilding for multistakeholders. It also contributed to FAO’s work on biodiversity mainstreaming by supporting and promoting the related strategy, at both regional and global levels. Finally, the meeting permitted to reach consensus on the importance of biodiversity mainstreaming across agriculture sectors, while the recommendations developed provided strategic and technical guidance for moving forward.

The State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture reviews our use of aquatic genetic resources both in capture fisheries and in aquaculture, in areas under national jurisdiction. The first-ever global report of its kind is based on information provided by 92 countries, together representing 96 percent of global aquaculture production and over 80 percent of capture fisheries production.

This Regional Consultative Meeting in Asia and the Pacific provided an opportunity for dialogue between a wide range of stakeholders, allowing them to convene and address the issue of mainstreaming biodiversity in seven Plenary Sessions, and four Cross-Thematic Sessions. The program also included two Thematic Plenary Sessions, namely the “Conservation and Mainstreaming of Biodiversity in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors”, and the “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Through Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).” These themes have been identified as key for the Region.

This report summarizes the state of biodiversity for food and agriculture in Africa based on the information provided in country reports submitted to FAO as part of the reporting process for The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. The document was prepared as supporting documentation for an informal regional consultation on the state of Africa’s biodiversity for food and agriculture held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 3 to 5 May 2016.

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