Rio Conventions Pavilion Participants Discuss Tree Diversity

CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Robert Nasi, CGIAR, Ravi Prabhu, ICRAF and Pablo Eyzaguirre, Bioversity, sign MOUs for agroforestry partnerships.11 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, continued on 11 October 2012, with participants convening for Tree Diversity Day.

The day began with a keynote speech by M.S. Swaminathan, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. A panel also convened on tree diversity to discuss its role in CBD programmes for agriculture and forest biodiversity, and synergies with other global conventions. Additional panels convened on: benefits of diversifying and restoring landscape mosaics in the tropics by harnessing tree diversity; diversity for development - human benefits from tree diversity for food, health and nutrition; climate change and biodiversity - interfacing mitigation and adaptation; maintaining diversity from genes to landscapes through conservation and sustainable use; and a synthesis session. [IISD RS Coverage of Rio Conventions Pavilion]