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19-October-2012

 

CONSERVATION OF POLLINATORS FOR IMPROVED LIVELIHOODS AND ENHANCED ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

 

At the CoP-11 Biodiversity Conference being held in Hyderabad, in a side event jointly organized by G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development (GBPIHED) and FAO in the CEPA Fair of CoP11, the role of Pollinators in food production and security across the world was dwelt with, particularly focusing on: i) conservation for improved livelihood and enhanced ecosystem services, and ii) managing biodiversity in production landscapes. This GEF/UNEP/FAO developed project, began in 2009, is being implemented in seven countries- Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa. Mr Hem Pande, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, while making Introductory remarks stressed upon the need for increased investment from various agencies life Global Environment Facility for the cause of Pollinators which perform a great ecosystem service not only to increase production but also for maintaining diversity of life.

While presenting the case studies from three countries (i.e., Brazil, India and South Africa) associated with Global Pollination Project and a study from Philippines and Vietnam experts provided research based evidences to prove that pollination is an important service and diversity of pollinators is essential for sustainable agriculture. Speakers provided perspectives of Small holders farmers (e.g., Indian Himalaya) and large farm holders (e.g., South Africa). Representative from FAO gave an over view of the project. Shri BMS Rathore, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests provided some ensights of Indian Initiatives which are directly or indirectly capturing issues of pollination and pollinators. He mentioned the Indian Mission on Green India follows the landscape approach which would ultimately help in management of pollinators as well. Mr Peter Kennmore, FAO Representative in India, expressed great happiness in the progress of Global Pollination Project and he desired that such projects should find central stage in future initiatives. In particular the research based outcomes need to be made understandable to policy people to mainstream this issue. He emphasized on convergence of various agencies working on these directions. He also mentioned that in India FAO would further strengthen the initiative. Experts from overseas (Ms Nadine Azzu, FAO Rome; Ms Carole Poole, South Africa; Mr Fabio Leite, Brazil; Ms Hein Ngo, York University Canada) and India (Drs L.M.S. Palni & R.S. Rawal) presented their views and research findings. This event highlighted various aspects, broadly covering: i) a global perspective on pollinators, including evidence-based learning, ii) country level efforts made towards mainstreaming of pollinators and pollinator services, iii) networking and exchanging ideas with global experts, and iv) stimulating interest among various national/international stakeholders.

PIB, Aizawl

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