Agrobiodiversity and Global Change: New Linkages to Sustainability

Saturday, 15 February 2014: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Grand Ballroom A (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Agrobodiversity—biotic diversity and functioning of agroecosystems—is receiving increased scientific analysis as a global socioenvironmental change issue. Global perspectives on agrobiodiversity create crucial insights for sustainability and resource management. In so doing agrobiodiversity analysis has matured to a second generation of highly interdisciplinary scientific knowledge. It has transformed assumptions and is now rich with new knowledge and innovative frameworks. These include technological advances in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and genomics. This symposium provides a synthesis of new agrobiodiversity advances and analysis of policy and management for sustainability and sustainable development. It will integrate the disciplinary and interdisciplinary domains of geography, GIScience, land-change science, plant science, genomics, resource and ecological economics, development, nutrition, food security, anthropology, and human health. This scope of interdisciplinarity is integral to needed advances of agrobiodiversity science. Global perspectives are also integral to this synthesis. Speakers will address new knowledge of agrobiodiversity as combined social-ecological values. Focus will be directed at new agrobiodiversity policy opportunities and management issues that utilize both ecological principles and social frameworks of global sustainable development and inclusive wealth that prioritize social and intergenerational equity.
Karl Zimmerer, Pennsylvania State University
Paul Gepts, University of California
Jacob van Etten, CGIAR International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Design of Participatory Crop Improvement Programs and Future Climates
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