Ecosystem Services Delivery 

Agrobiodiversity, pollination, natural forms of pest and disease control

“There is considerable evidence that enhancing agrobiodiversity in farming systems can be a pillar of transformation, giving farmers and communities greater options to deal with crop failure, pests and diseases, declining soil fertility and sustaining dietary diversity (Bioversity International 2017). To manage this tremendous resource, we need to have some means of measuring and appreciating it. In this short course, and in student placements, we will guide students in applying known metrics, including the Agrobiodiversity Index (Bioversity International 2018) and the Pollination Information Management System of the FAO. These methodologies will contribute to a rapid assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services resources in a delimited area that could be conserved and enhanced through landscape-level management, as a starting point for local policy discussions.”

-Barbara Gemmill-Herren and Robin Currey


Learning Outcomes

Local Food and Agriculture Policy

Introduction of the skills needed to develop policy briefs for local communities and policy makers on harnessing ecosystem services for land managers.

Measuring Ecosystem Services

Develop competency related to agrobiodiversity, pollination and/or other metrics.

Different Types of Ecosystem Services

Learn about the kinds of ecosystem services (agrobiodiversity, pollination, pest and disease control, soil health maintenance and nutrient cycling, etc.).

Rapid Assessments

Identify biodiversity and ecosystem services resources in a particular landscape or seascape and the measures that land managers may take to promote these services