Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Agrarian Landscapes
As of: January 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, three publications of "good practices" (Panorama Solutions) have been made in the context of a "Write shop": 1. jhum-intensification, 2. home-garden, 3. biodiversity-action-plan. The Biodiversity Aichi Poster Tool has been updated.
- In India, an Integrated Ecosystem Services training module is running 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.
- Online training materials for further training of trainers have been developed.
- Meanwhile, 25 approaches have been published on the PANORAMA platform from the own project context.
- Due to the lockdown in India and Kenya (COVID-19), digital media is used to involve the project in events and cooperation with partners.
- In Tajikistan, a catalogue of biodiversity-friendly land use practices has been published. The evaluation of the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) with 685 farmers (57% women) showed that the share of the use of project-funded land use techniques increased from 31% to 68%.
- Five community-based seed banks were established in Tajikistan.
- A training concept for the approach of land use with adapted rain-fed crops was developed and will be published on PANORAMA.