Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Agricultural bio-diversity creates climate change resilience (#journal)

 The role of agricultural biodiversity in strengthening resilience to climate change: towards an analytical framework

Traditional agricultural communities manage biodiversity at various scales, creating dynamic landscape mosaics of fields, gardens and ecosystem patches. Agricultural biodiversity and associated traditional knowledge are essential to the climate change resilience of these landscapes, but their roles are overlooked by researchers and policy makers. A review of 172 case studies from around the world shows that agricultural biodiversity contributes to resilience through a number of, often combined, strategies. These practices are examined to identify indicators of resilience in agricultural landscapes. The indicators are a first step in the development of a framework for assessing and building climate change resilience, intended both for local communities and for the scientists working closely with them.

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