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    CROPS, BROWSE AND POLLINATORS IN AFRICA - An Initial Stock-taking 2007
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    When the Fifth Conference of the Parties to the Convention Biological Diversity established an International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pollinators (also known as the International Pollinators Initiative-IPI) in 2000 (COP decision V/5, section II), FAO was requested to facilitate and co-ordinate the Initiative in close co-operation with other relevant organisations. A Plan of Action for the IPI was adopted at COP 6 (decision VI/5), providing an overall structu re to the initiative, with four elements of assessment, adaptive management, capacity building and mainstreaming. FAO, through the FAO/Netherlands Partnership Programme, supported the initial establishment of a regional African Pollinator Initiative, the development and publication of its Plan of Action in 2003, and an initial stocktaking of pollinator-dependent crops and browse plants in Africa. The stocktaking document has only been available in electronic form; support from the Gove rnment of Norway has permitted its publication in 2007.
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    Rapid assessment of pollinators'status
    A contribution to the international initiative for the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators
    2008
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    Every continent has reports of pollinator declines in at least one region/ country. The losses of pollination services have been well documented in many specifi c instances; what remains lacking are global assessments of changes in the distribution and levels of pollination services. As the recognized drivers of pollinator losses (changing land-use patterns, pesticide use, diseases, invasive species and climate change) are themselves changing in intensity, the global community is jus tifi ed in taking note and determining the actions that will conserve pollinators. The insidious nature of the loss of ecosystem services- by slow erosion rather than cataclysmic events- demands careful monitoring. Pollinators provide essential services to humans. In several instances, impressive documentation of the market and non-market values derived from pollination services has been made. Despite this, the economic valuation of pollination services has a number of challenges to overcome, many stemming from the gaps in understanding of the actual contribution of pollination to crop production. Developing sound management plans for pollinators will hinge on good taxonomic support. Linked to the taxonomic information about species is other information on biological characteristics (including fl oral relationships and ecological linkages) that are important for adaptive management. New approaches to managing pollinator information should help to overcome the taxonomic impediment, although the focus at present has been on bees, and not on other key pollinator groups.
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    Plan d’action de l’Initiative africaine sur les pollinisateurs 2007
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    Lorsque la Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur la Diversité Biologique a créé une Initiative internationale pour la conservation et l’utilisation durable des pollinisateurs en 2000 (décision V/5, section II), l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture (FAO) a été invitée à faciliter et à coordonner l’Initiative – en collaboration étroite avec d’autres organisations pertinentes. La FAO a élaboré le projet de plan d’action (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/7/9/ Add.1), en tant qu’initiative intersectorielle du programme de travail sur la diversité biologique agricole, suivant le même format que celui du programme de travail. Les activités proposées dans ce projet sont groupées suivant les quatre éléments du programme de travail: évaluation, gestion adaptative, création des capacités et intégration. FAO, dans le cadre du programme de partenariat FAO Pays Bas, a fourni une assistance pour la mise sur pied de l’Initiative africaine sur les pollinisateurs ain si que le développement et la publication de son plan d’action en 2003 en version anglaise. Un financement norvégien a permis sa traduction et la publication du présent document. Nous espérons que l’information continue dans ce plan d’action sera une inspiration pour d’autres régions ou pays selon le cas. Nous aimerions aussi encourager ceux et celles qui sont impliqués dans des initiatives régionales ou nationales à partager toute information pertinente concernant la conservation et l’u tilisation durable des pollinisateurs, pour une diffusion plus large en nous acheminant l’information à l’adresse suivante : pollination@fao.org.
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    CROPS, BROWSE AND POLLINATORS IN AFRICA - An Initial Stock-taking 2007
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    When the Fifth Conference of the Parties to the Convention Biological Diversity established an International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Pollinators (also known as the International Pollinators Initiative-IPI) in 2000 (COP decision V/5, section II), FAO was requested to facilitate and co-ordinate the Initiative in close co-operation with other relevant organisations. A Plan of Action for the IPI was adopted at COP 6 (decision VI/5), providing an overall structu re to the initiative, with four elements of assessment, adaptive management, capacity building and mainstreaming. FAO, through the FAO/Netherlands Partnership Programme, supported the initial establishment of a regional African Pollinator Initiative, the development and publication of its Plan of Action in 2003, and an initial stocktaking of pollinator-dependent crops and browse plants in Africa. The stocktaking document has only been available in electronic form; support from the Gove rnment of Norway has permitted its publication in 2007.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    Rapid assessment of pollinators'status
    A contribution to the international initiative for the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators
    2008
    Also available in:
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    Every continent has reports of pollinator declines in at least one region/ country. The losses of pollination services have been well documented in many specifi c instances; what remains lacking are global assessments of changes in the distribution and levels of pollination services. As the recognized drivers of pollinator losses (changing land-use patterns, pesticide use, diseases, invasive species and climate change) are themselves changing in intensity, the global community is jus tifi ed in taking note and determining the actions that will conserve pollinators. The insidious nature of the loss of ecosystem services- by slow erosion rather than cataclysmic events- demands careful monitoring. Pollinators provide essential services to humans. In several instances, impressive documentation of the market and non-market values derived from pollination services has been made. Despite this, the economic valuation of pollination services has a number of challenges to overcome, many stemming from the gaps in understanding of the actual contribution of pollination to crop production. Developing sound management plans for pollinators will hinge on good taxonomic support. Linked to the taxonomic information about species is other information on biological characteristics (including fl oral relationships and ecological linkages) that are important for adaptive management. New approaches to managing pollinator information should help to overcome the taxonomic impediment, although the focus at present has been on bees, and not on other key pollinator groups.
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    Plan d’action de l’Initiative africaine sur les pollinisateurs 2007
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    Lorsque la Conférence des Parties à la Convention sur la Diversité Biologique a créé une Initiative internationale pour la conservation et l’utilisation durable des pollinisateurs en 2000 (décision V/5, section II), l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture (FAO) a été invitée à faciliter et à coordonner l’Initiative – en collaboration étroite avec d’autres organisations pertinentes. La FAO a élaboré le projet de plan d’action (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/7/9/ Add.1), en tant qu’initiative intersectorielle du programme de travail sur la diversité biologique agricole, suivant le même format que celui du programme de travail. Les activités proposées dans ce projet sont groupées suivant les quatre éléments du programme de travail: évaluation, gestion adaptative, création des capacités et intégration. FAO, dans le cadre du programme de partenariat FAO Pays Bas, a fourni une assistance pour la mise sur pied de l’Initiative africaine sur les pollinisateurs ain si que le développement et la publication de son plan d’action en 2003 en version anglaise. Un financement norvégien a permis sa traduction et la publication du présent document. Nous espérons que l’information continue dans ce plan d’action sera une inspiration pour d’autres régions ou pays selon le cas. Nous aimerions aussi encourager ceux et celles qui sont impliqués dans des initiatives régionales ou nationales à partager toute information pertinente concernant la conservation et l’u tilisation durable des pollinisateurs, pour une diffusion plus large en nous acheminant l’information à l’adresse suivante : pollination@fao.org.

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