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Message From The Executive Secretary Of The Convention On Biological Diversity, Mr. Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias On The Occasi

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Message From The Executive Secretary Of The Convention On Biological Diversity, Mr. Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias On The Occasi

With the global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, more food will be needed to feed an expanding population, including helping some 800 million people who suffer from chronic undernourishment. And climate change is expected to reduce the yields of the main crops which form the backbone of our food systems.



An increase in production must ensure the sustainability of agriculture and ecosystem services to meet the demands of improving yields without compromising the very natural resources that ensure the long-term viability of food systems. This will require, among other things, sustainable agricultural techniques, raising yields on existing farmland and reducing food loss as well as food waste. In addition, sustainable agriculture must be complemented by sustainability in energy use, manufacturing, transportation and other economic sectors that also have significant environmental impacts. Thus the challenge before us is to identify ways to produce the food we need while adapting to climate change, mitigating its effects, and ensuring that biodiversity is not harmed as production is increased.



Addressing these issues requires making the case that biodiversity needs to be at the centre of agriculture. To that end, CoP 13 to CBD, Mexico in December 2016 will address the mainstreaming and integration of biodiversity across relevant sectors, including agriculture. The goal is to ensure that the positive or negative impacts of policies affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services are considered during their design and implementation.



The work under the Convention on agricultural biodiversity can contribute to the achievement of the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (“End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”) and Aichi Biodiversity Targets 7& 13.

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16 October, 2016 - 18:48