The Diversity for Life is a global campaign hosted by Bioversity International to raise awareness of the value of agricultural biodiversity for people’s lives.
It targets schools, the media and policymakers. The campaign has a very human face. It concentrates on the relationship between people and plants, culture and agriculture all around the world. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has endorsed the Diversity for Life campaign, and the campaign is working closely with the Secretariat in the lead up to the UN-declared International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. Our readers may recall in an earlier post we blogged about the the impressive Guardians of Diversity video done by the Diversity for Life campaign.
Examples of Guardians of Diversity include Doña Adeleiva Castillo who conserves 120 varieties of quinoa on her farm in the Peruvian Andes in memory of her son. They include well-known Japanese artist Mitsuaki Tanabe who uses his art to communicate the urgent need to conserve wild rice and protect the habitats in which it grows. Sharing the stories of these unsung heroes of diversity is a key objective of the Diversity for Life campaign.
Diversity for Life continues to search for stories about the Guardians of Diversity — individuals who have devoted their lives to ensuring that agricultural biodiversity is conserved and used for the benefit of all. We need your help to find more stories about people who have dedicated their lives to the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity. The materials in a number of ways, including in exhibits and on the Diversity for Life website.
Please contact them with your suggestions by the end of December.