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Harnessing the potential of trees on farms for meeting national and global biodiversity targets

As of: December 2020

Agriculture, including rangelands, covers > 30% of land, with trees being an integrated part of most small holdings. Using multi-stakeholder, risk-informed, evidence-based decision-making approaches, the project increases knowledge for gov. and others of the importance of Trees on Farms (TonF) for biodiversity and human wellbeing. Through the Sentinel Landscapes network, the project will provide tools/training to assess country-specific biodiversity functions of TonF. Integrating indigenous and local knowledge will provide farmers and governments with information on tree-based interventions that contribute to biodiversity and provide co-benefits such as mitigation/adaptation, sustainability, improved livelihoods. The project will support integration of sustainable management and agricultural biodiversity into policy by facilitating the implementation of policy instruments and financial mechanisms following the BIOFIN workbook, and engaging financial actors via innovation platforms.

State of implementation/results

  • In collaboration with the EU funded transformational partnership platform on Agroecology Trees on Farms (TonF) is developing a new global biodiversity indicator to support the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).
  • TonF targets agreed in key agricultural landscapes in Peru, Honduras, Indonesia, Rwanda and Uganda.
  • TonF contributes to the ongoing CBD deliberations on the GBF by actively engaging with the Open-ended Working Group and working closely with CBD focal points in all five countries.
  • Together with the swiss delegation to the CBD TonF got international recognition for their position “Making the post-2020 global biodiversity framework a successful tool for building biodiverse, inclusive, resilient and safe food systems for all”.
  • TonF responded to COVID-19 travel restrictions by setting up virtual working groups across countries as well as key resource people from World Agroforestry. Key highlight: virtual knowledge sharing workshop from 15.06.2020 to 19.06.2020 deliberating local diverse food chains as a COVID-19 recovery strategy. – TonF organized a virtual outreach webinar, in conjunction with World Environmental Day “Building biodiverse food systems for an inclusive, resilient and safe future” which was broadcasted virtually and livestreamed.

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Project data

Honduras, Indonesia, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda

Implementing organisation:
International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF))

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) - Rwanda, Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru, Ministry of Environment - Honduras, Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Indonesia, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) - Uganda, National Institute for Forest Development and Conservation - Honduras, Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), Secretariat for Agriculture and Livestock - Honduras, State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) - Indonesia
  • CATIE - Costa Rica,Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR),Georg-August-Universität Göttingen - Germany,International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Switzerland,Leibniz Universität Hannover

BMU grant:
5.876.326,00 €

12/2017  till  11/2021


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