Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Agrarian Landscapes
As of: September 2021
A growing world population and changing consumer habits are increasing the global demand for food and renewable raw materials. This is why land use is now being practised much too intensively in the partner countries – and soil fertility and biodiversity, for example, are suffering negative consequences as a result. In the partner countries of India, Kenya and Tajikistan, the project strengthens the capacities to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. Appropriate land use approaches are evaluated and implemented in an exemplary manner. The experience gained forms the foundation for the further development of the institutional framework at national and (especially in India) regional level. The results and experiences from the project are shared in a supra-regional dialogue and the resulting recommendations will be disseminated at international level.
State of implementation/results
- In India and Kenya, due to the lockdown, digital media is used for project participation in events and collaboration with partners.
- In Kenya, the "solutions catalogue" has been completed.
- A survey on the communication needs of the Inter- Sectoral Forum on Agroecology and Agrobiodiversity (ISFAA) is being conducted (kwiksurveys.com/…).
- Another survey on the profiling of agroecology and agrobiodiversity stakeholders and institutions is being conducted (kwiksurveys.com/…).
- Five community-based seed banks have been established and are being used in Tajikistan.
- A training concept for the land use approach with adapted rainfed crops has been developed.
- Three publications of "good practices" (Panorama Solutions) were published in India as part of a "write shop". The biodiversity Aichi poster tool has been updated.
- In India, an Integrated Ecosystem Services training module is underway at the "State Institute of Rural Development, Mizoram".
- In Kenya, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an intersectoral forum was held virtually in August rather than in February 2020.
- Online training materials for further "training of trainers" have been developed.
- In the meantime, 25 solutions have already been published on the PANORAMA platform from the project context.
- In Tajikistan, a catalogue for biodiversity-friendly land use practices has been published. The evaluation of the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) with 685 farmers (57 percent women) showed that the share of using project-supported land use techniques increased from 31 to 68 percent.