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

Seed bank of Sheda Community
Publié: 21 juillet 2021
Dernière modification: 21 juillet 2021
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Résumé

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

Région
Afrique occidentale et centrale
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Intranational
Local
National
Ecosystème
Agroforesterie
Forêt de conifères tropicaux
Écosystème agricole
Écosystèmes forestiers
Thème
Adaptation au changement climatique
Connaissances traditionnelles
Connectivité / conservation transfrontières
Diversité génétique
Gestion des espèces
Gestion des terres
Indigènes
L'intégration de la biodiversité
L'intégration du genre
Moyens d'existence durables
Santé et bien-être humain
Science et recherche
Sécurité alimentaire
Défis
Perte de biodiversité
Perte de l'écosystème
Manque d'autres possibilités de revenu
Manque de sécurité alimentaire
Chômage / pauvreté
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 1 - Pas de pauvreté
ODD 2 - Faim "zéro"
ODD 3 - Bonne santé et bien-être
ODD 5 - Égalité entre les sexes
ODD 8 - Travail décent er croissance économique
ODD 12 - Consommation et production responsables
ODD 13 - Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
Autres objectifs
Awareness increased
Biodiversity values integrated
Habitat loss reduced
Approches pour l’engagement des entreprises
Indirect par le biais des consommateurs
Soumission de (I)NDC
biodiversity loss

Emplacement

Nigeria

Défis

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.

Bénéficiaires

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.

Comment les blocs constitutifs interagissent-ils entre eux dans la solution?

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.

Les impacts positifs

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.

Histoire

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.

Contribué par

Andrew Chibuzor ILOH Biodiversity Education and Resource Centre, Abuja Nigeria