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Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition • FSN Forum

Re: Mainstreaming biodiversity in agriculture, fisheries and forestry for improved food security and better nutrition

Jaishanker Nair
Jaishanker NairIIITM-KeralaIndia

Habitat Protection the Precursor of Biodiversity conservation

Our inability to handle biodiversity partially stems from the inherent vagueness embodied therein.  We are yet to find a means to represent the 'variability among living organisms from all sources.' None of the indices of biodiversity that we are familiar with does justice. A poorly defined problem statement is central to the inertia in acknowledging the importance of biodiversity.  

An objective representation of biodiversity is pivotal to arrive at measurable policies and strategies.  This gap is widely seen in the inability to identify Tier I or II indicators of  Aichi biodiversity targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We have moved from the Anthropocene to Diktyocene. The networked era wants innovative approaches to conserving biodiversity. It is important to realize that our goal should be to conserve life forms in their natural habitats.

The Nair's Measure of Biodiversity (NMB) and the holistic representation of biodiversity put forward by a team of researchers at the C V Raman Laboratory of Ecological Informatics is noteworthy.

We are currently involved in understanding the importance of physical attributes (of soil) in maintaining a healthy resource pool of diverse microorganisms. In short, our efforts are towards "Vibrant habitats for healthy diversity."