Biodiversity & Cultural Diversity

Biological diversity refers to all living organisms, their genetic material and the ecosystems of which they are a part. It is usually described at three levels: genetic, species, and ecosystem. Biological diversity is the cornerstone of sustainable agriculture and world food security. The loss of cultural diversity (including languages) and traditional knowledge -- of farm communities and indigenous cultures -- is intricately linked to the loss of biological diversity. Indigenous peoples and farming communities are the creators, custodians and continuing innovators of biological knowledge and resources. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (often referred to as the CBD or Biodiversity Convention) is a legally-binding framework for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Pat Mooney talks global corporate power moves 6 May 2020
Stakeholders vs. Steak-eaters 12 Feb 2020
World Food Systems Summit is part of a three-pronged corporate food policy power grab 12 Feb 2020

Reports on Biodiversity & Cultural Diversity

Clear evidence of bias and conflicts of interest found by monitoring group 8 Jul 2019
Peasant-led Agroecology and Food Sovereignty Feeds the World 18 Feb 2019
Landmark Convention on Biological Diversity decision calls on governments to conduct strict risk assessments and seek indigenous and local peoples’ consent ahead of potential release of ‘exterminator’ technology. 29 Nov 2018
CSOs urge African governments to support moratorium 19 Nov 2018
20 years after suicide seeds, civil society mobilizes in Egypt this week to stop the sequel – Gene Drive Organisms 15 Nov 2018