Securing the genetic resource base of Indigenous plants species: A Community Biodiversity Conservation Initiative

Seed bank of Sheda Community
Publicado: 21 Julio 2021
Última edición: 21 Julio 2021
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Resumen

We have assisted communities develop home gardens for important wild plants species. Our cost effective seed/gene saving initiative have helped communities conserved, restored, revitalized local crop species and varieties critical for the community's survival.

Classifications

Región
África Occidental y Central
Escala de aplicación
Local
Nacional
Subnacional
Ecosistema
Agro-ecosistema
Agroforesteria
Bosques tropicales de hoja perenne
Ecosistemas forestales
Tema
Adaptación al cambio climático
Ciencia y investigación
Conectividad / conservación transfronteriza
Conocimientos tradicionales
Diversidad genetica
Especies y la extinción
Gestión de tierras
Incorporación de la perspectiva de género
Institucionalización de la biodiversidad
Medios de vida sostenibles
Poblaciones indígenas
Salud y bienestar humano
Seguridad alimentaria
Retos
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Falta de oportunidades de ingresos alternativos
Falta de seguridad alimentaria
Desempleo / pobreza
Objectivos de Desarrollo Sostenible
ODS 1 - Fin de la pobreza
ODS 2 - Hambre cero
ODS 3 - Salud y bienestar
ODS 5 - Igualidad de género
ODS 8 - Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
ODS 12 - Producción y consumo responsables
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
Otros objectivos
Awareness increased
Biodiversity values integrated
Habitat loss reduced
Enfoques para el compromiso empresarial
Indirecto a través de los consumidores
Presentación de la (I)NDC
biodiversity loss

Ubicación

Nigeria

Retos

Biodiversity is critical for food security and nutrition. Sadly, human impacts are accelerating loss. Indigenous plants hold the potentials to scale up Food Security/ Nutrition and biodiversity conservation due their potential contribution in preventing malnutrition, obesity and diet-related disorders. Sadly most of them are localized and may even go extinct before they are even discovered, disappearing with them their enormous Indigenous knowledge.

Beneficiarios

We have developed home gardens for important wild plants species. Our cost effective seed/gene saving initiative have helped communities conserved, restored, revitalized local crop species and varieties critical for the community's survival.

¿ Cómo interactúan los building blocks en la solución?

Our approach connect in a unique way as we were able to connect communities to Indigenous plants conservation. In promoting conservation of indigenous plants, we have offered opportunities for responsible forest management and business development at community level. Thus, armed with these tools, community members could achieve industry specifications/requirements as well as access new markets. In all, we have created a local base healthy ecosystems which greatly facilitated economic growth not only within the Forest Community but beyond the community through trade of products. With decent packaging techniques, locals have seen sales even on the shelves of super malls in urban areas. This has ensured that local biodiversity products are marketable.

Impactos positivos

Biodiversity is critical for food security and nutrition. Indigenous plants hold the potentials to scale up food security/nutrition and biodiversity conservation due their potential contribution in preventing malnutrition, obesity and diet-related disorders. Sadly, most of them are localized and may even go extinct before they are even discovered, disappearing with them their enormous Indigenous knowledge. we are building community resilience taking into account indigenous knowledge which has over time played an important role in shaping their existence. In doing this, communities have coped with the threats to food/nutrition security and biodiversity loss reducing venerability. In maximizing the potential of Indigenous Food Species, we have built community confidence and perception on socio-economic factors in their environment influenced their attitude/behavior. We have shown a link between Good Nutrition which these indigenous plants bring and health of the Environment and Forests around these communities. Irrespective of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food systems, seed saved in the Community Seed Bank was able guarantee continuity in the supply and distribution of seeds which represented major boater to creating resilient local food-systems at the community.

Historia

As a little boy, I have always been amazed of how Charles Darwin came about his theories. I have realized that his theories were not based on high academic knowledge but the simple fact of his “LOVE for NATURE” complimented by his “NATURAL INSTINCTS” for observation. Growing up, I found that I also had passion for nature conservation and my training as a plant scientist increased my skills for monitoring flora biodiversity. In my quest to be that “Better Naturalist” I picked up interest in communicating biodiversity issues to local people. These where the “Aha” moments leading to my science for community development goals. I want to see my research projects not only have scientific impacts but also rural community development impacts.

Contribuido por

Andrew Chibuzor ILOH Biodiversity Education and Resource Centre, Abuja Nigeria