Posted by: Bioversity Library | October 8, 2009

Use of agrobiodiversity and climate change

An interesting and recently released booklet from the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) has landed on our desks here in the library. It is titled: Coping with climate change: the use of agrobiodiversity by indigenous and rural communities.

This publication is an outcome of the international PAR workshop on “The use of agrobiodiversity by indigenous peoples and rural communities in adapting to climate change” held at Chiang Mai, June 2009.

It briefly looks at 1) the socio-cultural dimensions to biodiversity conservation and use; 2) the farming practices adopted by rural communities; 3) how we can learn from groups such as African pastoralists (the Maasai in Kenya, the Pokot in Uganda) on climate change adaptation, as well as looking at the 360 degree integration of all the varied aspects of community life (be it socio-cultural, biological physical or environmental) in adapting to climatic change.

The publication is available freely over the internet here (1.4MB). To learn more about the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, click here.

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