Mainstreaming agrobiodiversity conservation and utilization in agricultural sector to ensure ecosystem services and reduce vulnerability

Project General Information


India Ag-bio


Ecosystems management



OP13 - Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity Important to Agriculture

Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Production Landscapes and Sectors

Mainstream biodiversity in production landscapes, seascapes and sectors

Strengthening the policy and regulatory framework for mainstreaming biodiversity

The projects seeks to mainstream the conservation and use of agrobiodiversity for resilience agriculture and sustainable production to improve livelihood and access and benefit sharing capacity of farmer communities across four agro-ecoregion of India.

Full Size Project(FSP)


Asia and the Pacific


GEF Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee
$ 3,046,347.00 $ 0.00 $ 8,604,750.00 $ 289,403.00 $ 0.00


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)



Executing Agency Category
India: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi
National Government Agency
Bioversity International
UNEP Collaborating Center

Partner Category

Name Category Period
Marieta Sakalian

Low Risk

Risk Level (L,M,H) Mitigation Strategy (m) Suitable diversity does not exist or is not available within the project communities for creating a portfolio of varieties to buffer against risk L Achievement of the project outcomes is based on availability of suitable crop genetic resources in respect to managing risk. The sites selected for project implementation are rich in diversity of the target local crops in the traditional farming systems. Specific site (village/community) identification will be based on participatory field surveys ensuring that areas of high diversity are selected. If necessary, this diversity will be supplemented by accessions form the National Gene Bank. Decision-makers and farmers do not cooperate and are not open to the adoption of diversity approaches, limiting sustainability M The project aims to place farmers and their needs at the centre of activities and the design phase seeks to involve farmers in order to develop working practices that reflect their needs and concerns in diversity management. Sustainability of the project will be achieved when farmers and communities are able to benefit from diversity rich approaches. The political environment fails to remain stable and favourable with regard to the project L India has a stable research and development agenda in place, which seeks to respond to the needs of the rural poor. The project has been designed to align with India’s biodiversity conservation priorities and to work using a complementary approach to facilitate political engagement and support. Policy-makers and partners fail to remain committed to project implementation and open to collaboration L The development of the project will rely on partnerships with a representative set of stakeholders of all levels. Feedback will be collected and consultations held throughout the project to ensure continued commitment to the project. Availability of adequate funding L The project team will continue to explore local and international opportunities for funding to promote the sustainability of the project. The project will also seek to identify key partners which may be able to offer expertise and support through in-kind contributions. Further, the project activities are linked to National Agricultural Policy and National Action Plan for Climate Change, which are committed to support such initiatives as described in this project. Progress may be uneven across project sites and ecosystems M Addressing this risk will be built explicitly into the M&E strategy, determining roles and responsibilities for all actors and identifying potential bottlenecks and solutions. Partner teams may be unable to develop the trust of households in vulnerable communities, resulting in a poor understanding of how local biodiversity fits into production systems. M Project teams will be recruited from participating communities, and will be trained in participatory data gathering, participatory research approach and in gender sensitivity. Climate risk L The core idea of the project is to buffer communities to climatic risks, even if climate change does not take place to the projected level, adaption to current climates for community livelihood protection is still a priority. Therefore, the project will still be of value to local counterparts.


Fiscal Year Project activities and objectives met
project development

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