Opportunities for Support
The GIAHS initiative addresses the integration of the agricultural biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use objectives in land use and natural resources’ management plans.
The GIAHS Initiative is timely in view of the current national and international efforts for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and combating land degradation and desertification, recognition of farmers' and indigenous peoples' contribution to biodiversity and knowledge systems and increased attention to the world's combined natural and cultural heritage, notably:
- The Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture;
- International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA);
- The Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources;
- The implementation of Agenda 21 and the Conventions on Desertification and Climate Change (UNCCD and UNFCCC);
- The Millennium Development Goals 2015, the inter-relationship between all of the goals and the need to ensure environmental sustainability;
- FAO’s Policy on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples;
- The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands;
- The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets;
- The World Heritage Convention (WHC), in line with its designation of outstanding sites and protected areas and UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme.
As noted, the initiative contributes to both national and international efforts and priorities. In particular, it contributes to the CBD’s agricultural biodiversity work programme, sustainable use of biological diversity, and the knowledge, innovations and practices of local and indigenous communities. It addresses the integration of the agricultural biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use objectives in land use and natural resources’ management plans, and the identification and conservation of the components of biological diversity important for sustainable use of agro-ecosystems.