How do ecoagriculture strategies support the recommendations of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA)?
The MEA concluded that the degradation and unsustainable use of ecosystem services is a significant barrier to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Often this degradation is a cause of poverty, and it is likely to grow significantly worse over the next 50 years. Ecoagriculture strategies support a number of the responses proposed by the MEA: • Conserving or enhancing specific ecosystem services within agricultural landscapes ‘in ways that reduce negative tradeoffs or provide positive synergies with other ecosystem services.’ • ‘Catalysing the further integration of ecosystem management goals within other sectors and within broader development planning frameworks’. Despite clear inter-connections between sectors, priority-setting and investment plans for rural development, agriculture, and biodiversity typically remain isolated, with a lack of coordination between ministries responsible for different elements of the same landscape. • Investing in cross-sectoral institutions that
- How can ecoagriculture strategies help improve global food supplies, support efforts to conserve biodiversity, AND improve rural livelihoods?
- How do ecoagriculture strategies support the recommendations of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA)?
- How can ecoagriculture strategies contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?