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  • A group of people gather around a pile of potatoes with mountains as a backdrop

    Indigenous Peoples’ food systems hold the key to feeding humanity

    A recent workshop hosted by IIED and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew explored how the way Indigenous Peoples grow and consume food holds answers to the world’s broken food system

    23 October 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A family harvesting potatoes in front of a lake, with a landscape of mountains in the background.

    Biocultural heritage territories: key to halting biodiversity loss

    A new briefing examines the importance of biocultural heritage territories, whose communities are custodians of biodiversity

    23 September 2020 | News | Biodiversity
  • A stallholder in front of a food stall

    Resilient food systems and COVID-19: lessons for a Just Transition

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge vulnerabilities and inequalities in food systems. They are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change: to droughts, floods, typhoons, sea-level rise – the current locust outbreak in East Africa. But they are also part of the problem, contributing about one third of global greenhouse gas emissions and being highly inequitable too. Krystyna Swiderska spells out what needs to change

    22 May 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • An elderly woman in a field holds crops in the air with both hands

    Indigenous food systems, biocultural heritage and agricultural resilience

    IIED is working with partners in the UK, China, India and Kenya to establish a new partnership and network for interdisciplinary research on indigenous food systems. The aim is to link humanities academics, agriculture researchers and indigenous peoples to design new interdisciplinary research on indigenous food systems past and present, from farm to plate, and enhance evidence on the role of indigenous crops in agricultural resilience

    6 April 2020 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Women at an outside meeting sat on the floor under trees

    Protecting indigenous cultures is crucial for saving the world’s biodiversity

    2020 is being hailed as a ‘super year’ for nature, with a series of major international events looking at how we can stop the decline of wildlife and natural ecosystems. Krystyna Swiderska argues that saving biodiversity can’t succeed without working to save indigenous cultures

    18 February 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • People sitting in a pasture

    International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP)

    The International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP) brings together mountain communities from 11 countries as they seek to revitalise biocultural heritage for climate-resilient and sustainable food systems. IIED provides communications, advocacy and capacity support for INMIP.

    27 June 2019 | Project | Biodiversity
  • View of the town of Pisaq in Peru, near the Potato Park Biocultural Heritage Territory

    Indigenous biocultural heritage for sustainable development

    IIED and partners in four countries are exploring how the traditional knowledge, biodiversity and landscapes of indigenous peoples can contribute to sustainable development

    29 April 2019 | Project | Biodiversity
  • The experiences of mountain communities in Kyrgyzstan were shared at a learning exchange (Photo: Alan Zulch)

    Mountain communities stress the importance of biocultural heritage for global food security

    Ahead of an intergovernmental forum on biodiversity and food security, the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples has published a report highlighting the importance of biodiversity and indigenous knowledge for climate adaptation

    15 February 2019 | News | Food and agriculture
  • CBD COP24 logo

    IIED and partners at the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP14)

    This page summarises the activities of IIED, its researchers and partners during the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP14) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 17-29 November 2018

    12 November 2018 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Indigenous women in Bangladesh's Lawachara National Park collecting wood for building (Photo: Fabian Lambeck, Creative Commons via Wikipedia)

    Three ‘E’s to guide the post-2020 biodiversity roadmap

    Joji Cariño sets out three key principles that could underpin a new biodiversity deal where humans and nature work in harmony – and explains why indigenous peoples and local communities will be key in shaping this deal

    6 November 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Women farmers sorting their carrot harvest in Karnal District in the Indian state of Haryana (Photo: Nirmal Sigtia, IWMI/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Women in rural India are nature’s guardians

    Reetu Sogani describes the special bond between women in India and the country’s natural resources – a connection that positions them as key preservers and managers of biodiversity. Despite this, women’s voices often go unheard in policies intended to support biodiversity conservation

    30 October 2018 | Article | Biodiversity
  • A new radish variety shown off by Dayanand Joshi

    As climate changes, Himalayan farmers return to traditional crops

    Traditional crops and innovations are offering Himalayan farmers a way to deal with the challenges of climate change, but there is much work to be done for this to become a truly viable alternative

    29 October 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • Women distributing seeds in Andhra Pradesh, India (Photo: Deccan Development Society)

    Q&A: Why indigenous seed-saving women are the stewards of biodiversity

    In the latest in a series highlighting how women around the world are safeguarding biodiversity, Krystyna Swiderska discusses how women are sustaining biodiverse farming by combining traditional knowledge and innovation to protect local seed systems

    18 October 2018 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Indigenous people at the Himalayan workshop

    Biocultural heritage landscape to be established in Eastern Himalayas

    New biocultural heritage landscape will protect rich biodiversity and indigenous identities 

    30 November 2017 | News | Biodiversity
  • More than 100 representatives of indigenous mountain communities met in Peru's Potato Park in April 2017 to share their expertise and build their international network (Photo: Lucia Flórez Zelaya)

    Mountain indigenous peoples call for support for biocultural landscapes to achieve the SDGs

    The International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples has called for support and legal protection for biocultural heritage landscapes and community conserved areas following an event in Peru

    28 June 2017 | News | Climate change
  • Workshop participants displayed and exchanged seeds from different parts of the world (Image: Yiching Song/Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy)

    New film shows Chinese mountain communities protecting biocultural heritage

    A new film tells stories from inhabitants of the Stone Village in China, home to 220 Naxi ethnic families and a living example of the value of conserving biocultural heritage

    14 March 2017 | News | Biodiversity
  • The Potato Park’s Craft micro-enterprise group. Biocultural heritage indicators that are a guarantee of origin and authenticity have increased incomes and improved social cohesion at the Potato Park (Photo: Asociacion ANDES (Peru))

    Designing a biocultural heritage labelling system: survey results

    Our survey found broad support for a labelling scheme for biocultural heritage-based products. Now we need to get a pilot project off the ground

    16 January 2017 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • The CBD COP13 logo. IIED and partners will be at the Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Cancun, Mexico, in December

    IIED at the biodiversity COP in Cancun

    IIED and partners will be at the Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Cancun, Mexico, in December to highlight sustainable solutions that protect biodiversity

    24 November 2016 | Article | Biodiversity
  • IIED's Krystyna Swiderska discusses the latest research on how indigenous people adapt to climate change at a side event at the 2016 UN climate conference in Marrakech (Photo: Teresa Corcoran/IIED)

    Indigenous people use own knowledge to boost food yields despite climate change, research finds

    New research shows how indigenous communities are fine-tuning traditional knowledge to mitigate the risks of climate change

    22 November 2016 | News | Biodiversity
  • The Stone Village Seed Park lies in the Himalayan foothills of Yunnan, Southwest China. It is the homeland of the ethnic minority Naxi people. 

    Biocultural heritage territories film now in Spanish

    A visually stunning photofilm that profiles three biocultural heritage terriritories and their role in biodiversity conservation and locally determined development is now available in Spanish. Biocultural heritage territories protect indigenous and traditional land tenure and use land management to preserve fragile ecosystems and promote locally determined patterns of development

    30 August 2016 | News | Climate change
  • Mangroves (Blue Carbon) in the Lamu area, on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya (Photo: Peter Prokosch)

    IIED at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

    IIED and its partners will be at this year's World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i from 1-10 September 2016

    23 August 2016 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Workshop participants touring the Stone Village in China (Photo: Irene Song)

    Mountain peoples call for support to protect traditional knowledge

    More than 50 indigenous mountain peoples representing mountain communities in China, Nepal, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Peru gathered in the Stone Village, in Yunnan, Southwest China in May 2016, to discuss the impact of climate change on their communities. At the end of their meeting they issued the Stone Village Declaration, calling for urgent support for their traditional ways of managing natural resources, and setting out eight actions for the international community

    4 July 2016 | News | Biodiversity
  • Sorting apricots in Tajikistan. The diverse and extreme climatic conditions of Central Asia helped farmers develop fruit varieties adaptable to drought and other environmental stresses (Photo: UNDP, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    The Paris Agreement – a framework for local inclusion

    The Paris Agreement commits governments to climate action. To deliver this agenda successfully, they must engage with all sectors of society, including indigenous peoples, and recognise traditional knowledge

    5 February 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • The impact of drought on formerly arable land can be seen in Fuyuan county in southwest China's Yunnan province, an area known for its mild climate (Photo: Mingjia Zhou, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Mountain communities being devastated by extreme climate impacts

    For those mountain communities living at the extreme edges of the world, climate change is already a very real threat. Researchers are calling for vulnerable communities to be given special consideration in the Paris negotiations next month

    18 November 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The Potato Park, Peru, which hosted a previous meeting of the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (Image: IIED)

    Mountain communities rebuild diverse, climate-resilient crops

    The Sustainable Development Goals have been agreed, but for mountain communities around the world this action can't come quickly enough. Climate change is already here, threatening their food security, nutrition and livelihoods

    6 October 2015 | News | Climate change
  • The Bailique community, mainly artisanal fishermen and forest users near the Amazon River, have established the first community protocol in Brazil (Photo: Roberta Ramos)

    Brazil's first community protocol: the Bailique experience

    A remote community in the Amazon has agreed Brazil's first community protocol, giving them an equal voice in future discussions about natural resource use

    25 August 2015 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Biocultural products of the Potato Park in Peru, an example of the goods and services that can be produced by indigenous peoples to provide income and enhance incentives to sustain biocultural heritage (Photo: ANDES)

    Consultation: designing a new biocultural heritage indication

    How can indigenous people benefit more from their biocultural heritage? A new project wants to hear your feedback on how a labelling scheme for biocultural heritage-based products could work

    20 August 2015 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Representatives from indigenous mountain communities gather in Bhutan to discuss the impacts of climate change and how to respond using their biocultural heritage

    New film highlights mountain communities' climate workshop

    The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has released a film showcasing an event where mountain communities discussed the impacts of climate change and how to respond using their biocultural heritage

    18 May 2015 | News | Biodiversity
  • The Amaru community, in Peru, do not use any fertiliser on their crops (Image: Adam Kerby)

    'Guardians of Diversity' film in Spanish and Chinese

    A film documenting an international meeting of indigenous farmers in Peru's Potato Park to discuss adaptation to climate change is now available in Spanish and Chinese

    16 February 2015 | News | Biodiversity
  • The rich agro-biodiversity of the Eastern Himalayas (Photo: Nawraj Gurung)

    Unmissable opportunity to build food security and reduce GHGs at Paris COP

    International research organisations are stressing the need for climate agreements to support traditional farming, given its role in both adaptation and mitigation

    12 February 2015 | News | Climate change
  • A Potato Park farmer in Peru leads the Potato Guardians collective (Photo: Adam Kerby)

    Return of potatoes from CIP to Andean farmers proves critical for climate adaptation

    Peru's farmers are able to access a greater diversity of potato varieties for climate adaptation, thanks to the continued work of a ground-breaking agreement between CIP, ANDES and the Association of the Potato Park communities

    27 November 2014 | News | Biodiversity
  • Images of indigenous biocultural heritage territories are profiled in a new photofilm (Photo: IIED)

    New photofilm profiles biocultural heritage territories

    IIED has released a new photofilm profiling indigenous biocultural heritage territories and the role they play in development, conservation and adaptation

    11 November 2014 | News | Biodiversity
  • The new Guardians of Diversity film documents a gathering of indigenous farmers from mountain communities around the world to exchange knowledge and ideas

    Film documents visit to "Guardians of Diversity" in the Potato Park

    A new 15-minute film documents a gathering of indigenous farmers from mountain communities around the world to exchange knowledge and ideas about protecting biodiversity and culture as the basis for adapting to climate change

    10 November 2014 | News | Biodiversity
  • Australia's Border Ranges National Park: more than three-quarters of the park is managed as wilderness and access is by foot only. The World Parks Congress will look at how to protect and manage areas such as these (Photo: Michael Dawes)

    IIED at the World Parks Congress 2014

    The full programme of IIED activity at this year's World Parks Congress, including news, events, blogs and updates

    31 October 2014 | Article | Biodiversity
  • A farmer in the Potato Park, Peru (Photo: Adam Kerby)

    A marriage to save the earth: Farmers and researchers innovate to conserve biodiversity

    Traditional knowledge combined with the latest science could increase food production while safeguarding biodiversity, new research shows

    7 October 2014 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Representatives of communities from Peru, Bhutan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea have formed an International network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (Photo: Lhab Tshering)

    Indigenous mountain communities call on governments to support traditional knowledge-based adaptation

    An International network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples has been formed to advocate for community biocultural heritage rights and help achieve food sovereignty and climate change adaptation

    18 June 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Local sheep varieties in the Potato Park, Peru, where an agreement was recently forged to share indigenous crop varieties and knowledge about how to grow them in different climates and landscapes (Photo: IIED)

    Indigenous farmers from Peru, China and Bhutan agree to share seeds for climate adaptation

    In the spirit of the International Year of Family and Peasant Farming, indigenous mountain farmers from China, Bhutan and Peru have agreed to share seeds in an effort to cope with global climate change

    8 May 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Mountains such as the Andes, in Peru, are among the regions most affected by climate change (Photo: David Stanley via Creative Commons

    Indigenous spiritual values guide climate change adaptation in mountain communities

    Cultural and spiritual values of indigenous peoples and climate change will be the focus of an international event in the Potato Park, Cusco, Peru

    25 April 2014 | News | Climate change
  • This family in the Mecati Forest, Mozambique, cut down trees and cleared the land on this hillside to grow a crop of cowpeas. They will use this land for two more years, use the cut timber for firewood, and them move on (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    2014: the International Year of Family Farming

    See how IIED's work during the International Year of Family Farming helped to raise the profile of family and smallholder farming and its contribution to eradicating hunger, reducing rural poverty and more

    22 April 2014 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Farmers in Guangxi and Yunnan provinces respond to climatic adversity by using their own innovations and biocultural heritage

    China's farmers innovate to adapt to climate change

    The film "Planting for Change" tells the story of how farmers in Guangxi and Yunnan provinces have responded to climatic adversity by using their own innovations and biocultural heritage

    17 December 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Indigenous communities sharing potatoes in the Potato Park, near Cusco, Peru. Credit: Asociacion ANDES

    Traditional innovation in farming is under threat

    Indigenous knowledge is innovative, not static. Protecting it will help food security.

    2 October 2013 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A herbalist shares information on medicinal and food plants growing in Kaya Kinondo Sacred Coastal Forest in Kenya

    Smallholder innovation for resilience (SIFOR)

    IIED worked with partners in China, India, Kenya and Peru to revitalise traditional knowledge-based – or 'biocultural' – innovation systems of smallholder farmers in order to strengthen food security in the face of climate change. Traditional farmers continually improve and adapt their crops and farming practices in response to new challenges, using local knowledge and biodiversity, generating new technologies and practices

    16 August 2013 | Project | Climate change
  • UNESCO considers Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area to be of global importance for biodiversity conservation, but it faces significant development pressure from tourism (Photo: Justin, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Mainstreaming nature and biodiversity into wider planning and policy

    Biodiversity conservation, climate change and economic development must be tackled together by the institutions that drive policy, rules, plans, investment and action – a process known as ‘mainstreaming’. We aim to ensure this happens through research, capacity building and partnerships with key organisations, communities and other actors

    16 August 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Afghan farmers and extension workers assess an okra field in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan (Photo: Barbara Adoph/IIED)

    Introduction to building greater local control and resilience into agricultural and food systems

    IIED is working to promote farming systems that are sustainable, productive and resilient – and to support smallholder farmers and farmer-led innovation

    5 August 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Farmers sharing potatoes in the Potato Park near Pisaq (Sacred Valley), Peru

    Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge

    The current system of intellectual property rights is designed to promote commercial and scientific innovation. It offers little scope for protecting the knowledge rights of indigenous peoples, traditional farmers and healers, whose survival requires collective – not exclusive – access to new knowledge and innovations

    14 April 2013 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Farmers sit in a field sharing potatoes in the Potato Park, Peru.

    Making the Nagoya Protocol work at the community level

    Two safeguards for communities' rights to resources can help implement the Nagoya Protocol.

    4 July 2012 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

    The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. It’s a key reminder of how fundamental biodiversity is to the health of planetary systems as well as human prosperity and wellbeing — and a chance for all of us to learn more.

    4 December 2011 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Patently obvious: intellectual property rights could support small producers

    The humble potato is a great example of how Quechua communities in the Andes have maintained crop biodiversity.

    14 November 2011 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • “Protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous people benefits us all”

    He gave the example of indigenous peoples in Peru who are responding to climate change by reintroducing native potato varieties and so are “helping to conserve the earth’s biodiversity”. “Indigenous peoples have been living a ‘green economy’ for centuries,” he added — economists should look to old practices in indigenous communities for new ways to achieve sustainable development.

    9 June 2011 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • New website shows how nature plus culture equals resilience

    Nature and culture are deeply linked. Together they are central to the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of marginalised people around the world, and will be critical to how they respond to climate change and other environmental challenges.

    18 May 2011 | News | Biodiversity
  • Protect and survive: customary safeguards, traditional knowledge

    In thousands of rural communities from Bolivia to Bangladesh, traditional knowledge makes up the living core of culture. Bound up with local livelihoods and biodiversity, it forms a holistic system precisely tailored to local needs and environmental capacity. Its evolution over time and through shifting conditions ensures traditional practices are robust and adaptable to climate change.

    9 November 2009 | Article | Biodiversity
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