International Year of Biodiversity and the role of information

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Presentation by Stephan Weise (Bioversity International) at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

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International Year of Biodiversity and the role of information

  1. 1. International Year of Biodiversity and the role of information Stephan Weise Director, Commodities for Livelihoods Programme Bioversity International Innovations in Biodiversity Information Workshop IAALD XIIIth World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France
  2. 2. Agricultural Biodiversity and IYB 2010 <ul><li>Agriculture often perceived as the enemy of conservation </li></ul><ul><li>IYB offers an opportunity to change that attitude </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agricultural biodiversity delivers <ul><li>Genetic diversity on which the future of our food depends </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Better health through dietary diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in malnutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in the diseases of affluence </li></ul>Agricultural biodiversity delivers
  5. 5. Agricultural biodiversity delivers <ul><li>Resilient farming systems </li></ul><ul><li>Intensification without simplification </li></ul><ul><li>Improved livelihoods </li></ul><ul><li>Our best hope for dealing with the threat that climate change poses to agriculture </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Agriculture feeds us </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural Biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>sustains us </li></ul>
  7. 7. Agrobiodiversity and Bioversity <ul><li>Benefits of agrobiodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Genebank conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Databases and information standards </li></ul><ul><li>Crop wild relatives </li></ul><ul><li>Commodity crops </li></ul>Bioversity is dedicated to the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity and works through partnerships to deliver research and information products
  8. 8. Bioversity and the IYB 2010 <ul><li>Working with partners to raise awareness </li></ul>

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