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

As of: January 2022

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

- On-farm tree targets (TonF) were agreed for key agricultural landscapes in Peru, Honduras, Indonesia, Rwanda and Uganda.
  • TonF was recognised by Rwanda and Uganda as key to sustainable agricultural transition and as a global indicator for Aichi Target 7 (AT7), using data from the project's BIODIVERSITY TOOL.
  • Novel behavioural experiments (Indonesia), role plays (Rwanda, Uganda) and incentive schemes were implemented.
  • The project contributes to the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) through the CBD Technical Advisory Board (SBSTTA) and the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) and CBD Focal Points. See Policy Brief, Inclusion of agriculture in the post-2020 biodiversity agenda and ICRAF comments on the proposed GBF, ICRAF White Paper Agricultural ecosystems in the post 2020 GBF, live events at the Global Landscape Forum "Agro-ecosystems supporting integration and connectivity of natural ecosystems" and "Agricultural stakeholders as partners in conservation".

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Project data

Honduras, Indonesia, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda

Implementing organisation:
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:
6.000.000,00 €

12/2017  till  03/2022

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