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

As of: March 2021

Tree stocks on agricultural land perform a key function in terms of interconnecting ecosystems and maintaining soil and agrobiodiversity. However, the significance of these ‘trees on farms’ (TonF) has not been adequately incorporated into partner country NBSAPs . The project uses participatory approaches to improve knowledge of TonF. By integrating indigenous and local knowledge, the project provides relevant stakeholders with context-specific, tree-based measures that can contribute to biodiversity conservation, the avoidance of emissions and adaptation to climate change impacts. The project is also supporting the integration of sustainable management and agricultural biodiversity into the fields of policy and planning. Partner organisations are also mobilising sources of funding and developing innovation platforms. Networks are being leveraged to deliver instruments and further training, so as to evaluate biodiversity functions according to national requirements.

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))*

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) - Rwanda
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru
  • Ministry of Environment - Honduras
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) - 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

Implementing partner(s):
  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH (UFZ)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Switzerland
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) - Costa Rica

BMU grant:
5.876.326,00 €

12/2017  till  11/2021

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