The regional event will be organized by Mekong Institute in partnership with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), New Zealand Aid Programme and Pha Khao Lao. The overall objective of the 2-day workshop and forum is to strengthen policy actions towards agrobiodiversity mainstreaming in regional GESI policies and initiatives for sustainable food systems (SFS) in Southeast Asia.

The event is expected to advance action-oriented policies related to Aichi Targets (14 and 18) and SDGs 2 (Zero Hunger) and 5 (Gender Equality). In this regard, the workshop and forum objectives are to:

·         strengthen understanding among regional policy bodies and organizations on the impact of agro-biodiversity loss on food security of women and indigenous communities against the backdrop of climate vulnerabilities;

·         strengthen understanding on the role of women and indigenous communities as custodians of agro-biodiversity and advancing Aichi Targets;

·         consolidate recommendations for regional policy bodies and organizations on entry points in mainstreaming agro-biodiversity in regional and national policies and initiatives related to gender equality and social inclusion

Target Participants

Regional ASEAN accredited entities representing rural and indigenous groups and women-led farmer organizations will be engaged as speakers, panellists, moderators and participants. Their inputs will important to ensure voices of under-represented and vulnerable groups are considered when policies which affect them are formulated. Break-out groups and interactive panel session will provide a safe space for these groups to discuss key considerations to be considered for developing recommendations on mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in regional GESI policies and strategies.

Keynote from the Director General of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Director General of National Agriculture and Forest Research Institute and Executive Director of Stockholm Environment Institute.

Speakers include regional representatives of indigenous and rural women, regional organizations working on agrobiodiversity and gender equality and social inclusion such as Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, SEAFDEC, Pha Khao Lao, AMAN Indonesia and RIKOLTO Indonesia

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Get involved

Live: This will be a live virtual event taking place on Zoom. A link to join Zoom will be provided in your zoom registration confirmation email. Participation via zoom is limited to 90. You can join the discussions via Youtube and Facebook live streaming.

Lend Your Voice and Join the Discussion: The event is designed to be interactive. Participants are invited to use the chat and “raise hand” functions in Zoom to share feedback, provide comments/ inputs and ask questions.

Languages: To be conducted in English with simultaneous translation provided in Khmer, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese.

Social Media: Join the conversation on social media live streaming on: Facebook | Youtube and tag: #agrobiodiversityMISEI, #SEI, #MekongInstitute

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