Biodiversity protection encompasses key aspects directly related to the sustainability of our food systems: BFA provides a diverse and heterogenous biological basis for diverse and resilient production systems, for the pollination of cultures, for increased diversity of food, and is strongly linked to local and indigenous knowledge on local crops and breeds acknowledged as cultural heritage.

To support the implementation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and help achieve its goals, there is a need for a shared vision of ecosystem restoration. A key step in creating a shared vision of ecosystem restoration is to adopt principles that underpin the full set of ecosystem restoration activities. To this end, this brochure presents ten principles for ecosystem restoration including a first principle that orients restoration in the context of the UN Decade, followed by nine best-practice principles. These best-practice principles detail the essential tenets of ecosystem restoration that should be followed to maximize net gain for native biodiversity, ecosystem health and integrity, and human health and well-being, across all biomes, sectors and regions.

This report concisely introduces FAO’s work on biodiversity mainstreaming, including the regional consultations on the subject that took place in 2018 and 2019. It particularly focuses on the Regional Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors in Asia and the Pacific, held in Bangkok, Thailand, in July 2019. It outlines the main topics addressed in its opening, plenary, thematic and closing sessions; and highlights the most relevant regional needs, priorities, and recommendations identified by the meeting participants. 


By Eduardo Mansur, Director, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

At the Global Dialogue on the role of food and agriculture in the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

By Lucas Alejandro Garibaldi, Professor, Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro, Argentina.

At the Global Dialogue on the role of food and agriculture in the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.