Aichi Target 13 in the Pacific islands with Palau
- Published on 15 December 2016
Strategic Goal C: To improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity
Target 12: By 2020 the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained.
Umail Basilius in middle with fellow Cook Islands, Palau and FSM delegates
"Palau's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2016- 2025: "Promoting Wise Development to achieve Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity", places much emphasis on the conservation and sustainable use of agro-biodiversity. "To conserve and sustainably manage Palau's agro-biodiversity for the benefit of present and future generations" is Goal 6 of Palau's NBSAP.
Policy directives under this goal are aimed at identifying and preserving locally important agricultural species and varietals. Policy directives are achieved through the creation of a comprehensive inventory of agricultural plants, including varietals within species; evaluation of the conservation status of agricultural species and varietals; and development of a sustainable management and conservation strategy for agro-biodiversity.
National initiatives on this issue have focused on the maintenance of taro production landscapes and conservation of taro varietals. These efforts have largely been integrated with Climate Change adaptation efforts to increase community resilience and are being led primarily by women groups and local governments.
There are more than a hundred varieties of taro grown in Palau. Palauans traditionally grow a wide range of taro varieties in any given taro patch, thus making it less vulnerable to being wiped out by pests and diseases. This significantly contributes to food security and nutrition to the communities as well as stable livelihoods. It also increases the resilience of the production system." - Ms Umai Basilius, Policy and Planning Manager, Palau Conservation Society Palau.