Protecting wildlife and Indigenous Peoples’ livelihoods in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
"I have a duty to protect the forest, as it feeds me and my family," says Thomas.
The Ituri Forest, which Thomas Aseli speaks about with emotion, is located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is a sacred place for the Mbuti Indigenous People. Within this spectacular rainforest is the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. It occupies about one-fifth of the forest and houses some of the richest wildlife in central Africa, including a large population of the reserve’s iconic okapi, also known as a forest giraffe. It is also home to more than 100 species of mammals, including several endangered species such as the forest elephant and the eastern chimpanzee.
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Tuesday 28 February 2023
Wild plant genetic resources for food and agriculture: their conservation and sustainable use
This webinar is a follow up to the First International Multi-stakeholder Symposium on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Technical Consultation on in situ conservation and on-farm management of PGRFA, held in March 2021. At this event, examples of the continuum of management practices for wild plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, from their conservation to use in breeding improved crop varieties, will be presented and discussed.
Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems: Two new sites recognized in Ecuador’s Andes and Amazon regions
World Pulses Day 2023
Pulses contribute to increasing the resilience of farming systems and providing a Better Life for farmers in water scarce environments, as they have a low water footprint and can better tolerate drought and climate-related disasters compared with other food crops, making them an essential tool to adapt and mitigate climate change. Including pulses in various farming systems (e.g. agroforestry, intercropping and integrated farming systems) can help to increase the resilience of agriculture livelihoods and improve productivity.
Furthermore, on the economic side, the global pulses industry, dealing with pulses production and trade, proves to be a positive driver in ensuring the resilience of regional and global supply chains, enabling consumers to access nutritious foods and contributing to the sustainable use of natural resources.
Based on the benefits that pulses provide to agrifood systems and the environment, the Steering Committee selected “Pulses for a Sustainable Future” as the theme for the 2023 celebration.
‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity across Agricultural Sectors’ project on track
8 February 2023 - Agrifood systems have the potential to make a significant contribution to the 2030 Agenda and more specifically to the conservation, sustainable use and restoration of biodiversity as stipulated in the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
FAO at COP15: What comes now?
At COP15, FAO North America Director on hand for discussions with partners from the Canadian government
Nations adopt the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework
Described as the most important global meeting for the future of our planet this century, the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Montreal, Canada under the presidency of China, concluded on Monday 19 December. Around 18 000 people registered for the conference, including representatives from more than 194 parties to the CBD.