FAO in collaboration with the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat for the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Pacific Community (SPC) has just launched a Technical Guidance Document on “Mainstreaming ecosystem services and biodiversity into agricultural production and management in the Pacific Islands“. The document is available at: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6505e.pdf.

The publication has the scope to support countries in the region in finding synergies in the application of international conventions on biodiversity and on management of chemicals/waste, and particularly in the revision process of their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). It aims to foster cross-sectorial collaboration in the promotion of ecosystem-based approaches to agriculture.

The publication was officially launched at COP13 on 9th December in Cancun, Mexico.

CBD press release on the publication launch: https://www.cbd.int/doc/press/2016/pr-2016-12-09-cop13-cbd-fao-sprep-en.pdf

Highlights from the “Forest and Agriculture Day” at COP13 on IISD website: http://www.iisd.ca/biodiv/cop13/riopavilion/9dec.html

Press release from the FAO Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands on the Samoa training workshop: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/news/detail-events/en/c/459218/