Convention on Biological Diversity - 11th Conference of the Parties
The 11th Conferenc of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11) took place in Hyderabad, India, 9-18 October 2012. ICRAF was involved in a number of events, either individually or in collaboration with partners.
Full details of the COP can be found on the Conference web site.
Tree Diversity Day
On 11 October, ICRAF organized a full day of events at the Rio Conventions Pavilion on the subject of tree diversity, under the auspices of CGIAR Research Programme Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Full details of the programme can be found here.
Several articles have appeared on the Day, including:
- "The three Conventions are tree conventions" - ICRAF news article
- World Agroforestry Centre and the Biological Diversity Convention enter sustainable land use pact - ICRAF blog post
- Research program joins forces with the United Nations to help world meet 2020 deforestation goals - CIFOR blog post
- In Hyderabad, a Focus on the World's Shrinking Biodiversity New York Times India blog post
Memoranda of Understanding
Robert Nasi from CIFOR, Ravi Prabhu from ICRAF and Pablo Eyzaguirre from Bioversity signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as partners in the CGIAR Research Programme 6 on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry with the Convention on Biological Diversity, represented by CBD Executive Secretary Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias. The Executive Secretary and Ravi Prabhu signed a similar Memorandun between ICRAF with CBD. See the video here
The Livelihoods Initiative co-organized Livelihoods Day at the Rio Conventions Pavilion on 12 October. Read the post on the ICRAF blog: Livelihoods and biodiversity
Climate Change Television
Many CGIAR scientists were interviewed by the Convention television service, including:
- Judy Loo, Bioversity: Applying forest forensics will bring illegal loggers to justice
- Robert Nasi, Bioversity: REDD alone cannot solve our global forestry problems
- Meine van Noodwijk, ICRAF: CBD policies have not been implemented effectively
- Ramni Jamnadass, ICRAF: Trees are the matrix that binds biodiversity together
- Ravi Prabhu, ICRAF: Trees will be ever more vital as the population increases
- Pal Singh, ICRAF: Trees can make agriculture climate resilient
- Pablo Eyzaguirre, Bioversity: Oil-based agriculture is creating food deserts
- Eike Luedeling: ICRAF: Trees are crucial to climate adaptation and mitigation
See photos at
This was an offical side event organized by ICRAF, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in the sustainable use of tree diversity on farms for health, fuel and nutrition, looking at how tree biodiversity on farms can contribute to the global challenge of malnutrition and ill-health.
See story on this event at: What’s Cooking on Farms? Health, nutrition and wealth
17 October 2012, 1815 - 1945 hrs, Room 1.02 - Level 1