Building a shared future for all life


From ecosystem-based approaches to climate and/or nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.

Browse through a selection of FAO publications on biodiversity and nature-based solution and understand how biodiversity help us tackle sustainable development challenges.

More information can also be found here.

Framework for Action on Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

The Framework aims to promote the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity for food and agriculture. It contains more than 50 individual actions grouped into three strategic priority areas: characterization, assessment and monitoring; management; and institutional frameworks. 

The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

This publication presents the first global assessment of biodiversity for food and agriculture worldwide, including plants, animals and microorganisms at genetic, species and ecosystem levels, present in and around crop, livestock, forest and aquatic production systems.

The role of genetic resources for food and agriculture in adaptation to and mitigation of climate change

As the pace of climate change is increasing, it is more important than ever to conserve, characterize and sustainably use genetic resources for food and agriculture. This publication explores the impacts of climate change on genetic resources and considers the significance of genetic resources to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Climate change, biodiversity and nutrition nexus evidence and emerging policy and programming opportunities

This paper identifies entry points within agrifood systems to improve biodiversity and diets, such as sustainable use of genetic resources, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable management of marine ecosystems, and consumer education.

The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW) – Systems at breaking point. Main Report

This report highlights the major risks and trends related to soil, land and water and presents means of resolving competition among users and generating multiple benefits for people and the environment.


Further reading

Nature-Positive Agriculture and Natural Resources Management

Read also the regional editions of the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture:

Web articles

Related websites

For further reading, see the Publications catalogue.