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Ecosystem Services & Mountain Agroforestry (Tokyo)
Ecosystem Services of Traditional Agriculture and Forestry in Mountainous Areas
A workshop on “Ecosystem Services of Traditional Agriculture and Forestry in Mountainous Areas” was held at the United Nations University on 11 Oct 2013, as part of the programme of the “Project Workshop on REDD+ for forest communities: learning from forest conservation in Laos and Thailand.”
Many traditional agro-ecosystems in fragile mountain ecosystems embrace biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services (erosion prevention, hazard regulation, etc) for production of nutritional food and protection of rural livelihoods. However, the neglect on the ecosystem services of agriculture resulted in development and expansion of industrial agriculture with a narrow focus on commodity production over past few decades. The industrialization of agriculture with intensive use of inputs has increased food production, but reduced agrobiodiversity and compromised the ability of agro-ecosystems to regulate natural hazard, prevent erosion and mitigate climate change.
This workshop included a keynote speech by the Senior-Vice Rector of UNU Professor Kazuhiko Takeuchi and brought together experts from China, Japan, India, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand to review co-benefits of carbon and biodiversity in traditional mountain agriculture and forestry and discuss potential approaches, including REDD+ to enhance ecosystem services and sustainability of mountain agriculture in future. The workshop was open to public but only on invitation basis for the first ten applications with prior registration.
Co-organised by the UNU Institute for Sustainability & Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).
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Date: 11 October 2013
Time: 09:30 - 15:45
Location: Reception Hall, UNU Headquarters, 2F, Tokyo, Japan
City/ Country: Tokyo, Japan