The challenge of understanding and optimizing the use of the various components of agrobiodiversity has been an implicit concern for SGRP from the outset. The very fact that the CGIAR works not only on crop plant diversity but also on fish, livestock and forest genetic resources has provided the CGIAR Centres with an awareness of, on the one hand, the complex interactions between different sectors and, on the other, common themes and patterns that facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas and learning across components.
The body of work on valuation that is being developed under the aegis of SGRP builds on a long-term interest of the Programme to integrate these different components of agrobiodiversity. It responds positively to calls from the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to develop mechanisms to give communities incentives to prioritize the conservation of diversity, and to remove or mitigate perverse incentives that work against conservation objectives and thereby threaten the long-term well-being of communities.
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