UN Biodiversity Conference

4-17 December, Cancun, Mexico
8 December 2016 | 13:15-14:45 | Contact Group 2 Meeting Room, Universal Building, Main floor

Forest biodiversity and diversified agricultural systems – Activities under the CGIAR-CBD MoU

Forests play a critical role in the implementation of concrete actions to counter impacts from climate change, poverty, and food insecurity. Recognizing the importance of forest biodiversity in agricultural production, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 12 October 2012 between the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF, also known as “World Agroforestry Centre”), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Bioversity International, partners in the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance (CRP6 Partner Centers) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity). The MoU aims to facilitate activities concerning the research of CGIAR’s Programme and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The side event will provide an overview of the main activities undertaken and explain how such actions are contributing to the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The event will also highlight opportunities for future CGIAR support to the CBD agenda, and the commitment of this partnership by way of an extension of the MoU for another four years.


Catalina Santamaria, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)

Terry Sunderland

Terry Sunderland (CIFOR), Dietmar Stoian (Bioversity International), Phil Dobie (ICRAF)
"Presentation of country case studies and panel discussion"


Braulio Dias (SCBD) and Terry Sunderland (CGIAR rep)
"Signing ceremony"


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