About the Platform

The Biodiversity Platform was launched in 2006 as a joint initiative of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre. The Platform was launched in recognition of the role that multifunctional landscape mosaics have in preserving biodiversity conservation, both within and outside of protected areas. Tree cover in multifunctional landscape mosaics preserves important habitats and can play a crucial role in maintaining connectivity between large reserves, which has been demonstrated to be essential for the survival of many species. The occupation and use of these landscapes by many peoples, however, require that any conservation efforts in these mosaics consider the social dimensions of the use and conservation of biodiversity, in addition to their biophysical dimensions and dynamics.

In order to address this complexity, the Biodiversity Platform understands that a multi-disciplinary approach is required to analyze and develop strategies for biodiversity conservation, with a focus on tropical areas. The Biodiversity Platform will work with scientist and specialists from the biophysical and social sciences, as well as GIS and spatial analysis, in areas such as:

    • Landscape ecology;
    • Governance;
    • Supported negotiations and Participatory Action Research;
    • Payments or rewards for environmental services;
    • Spatial landscape pattern analysis;
    • Livelihoods; and
    • Land use planning.

The Biodiversity Platform also recognizes that addressing conservation issues does not only transpire at the local level, but must address issues of the linkages between landscapes along with levels of governance from the local to the national level. It is only through addressing these complexities that long lasting solutions will be found.

CIFOR and ICRAF receive their major funding from governments, international development organizations, private foundations and regional organizations. The Biodiversity Platform has received support from and collaborated with Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), European Commission, Finland, Australia, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Switzerland.

The Platform also actively promotes partnerships with local and other conservation agencies.

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