Bhutan: International conference on organic agriculture in mountain ecosystems
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Taking action on the Rio+ 20 declaration The Future we Want is Organic, the Government of Bhutan, Navdanya, the Millennium Institute, and IFOAM invite to the International Conference on Organic Agriculture in Mountain Ecosystems in Thimphu, Bhutan from 5 - 8 March 2014.
Rich in biodiversity and home to nutritious crops, mountain ecoystems are threatened by deforestation, soil degradation as well as erosion, melting and receding of glaciers. This conference aims to draw attention to the special needs of mountain ecosystems and highlight how going organic can help tackle pressing problems such as climate change, water exploitation, and the displacement of farmers. A diverse line-up of thought leaders, researchers, scientists and farmers will come together to discuss the latest scientific findings, technological progress and devise models to strengthen organics in mountain range areas.
The objectives on the conference are: to create an international platform for the presentation of the best and latest knowledge, scientific findings and technology development on the contribution of organic agriculture to food security, ecological security and livelihood security; to focus on the special conditions in mountain ecosystems and special sustainable and equitable development needs of mountain communities in the area of food and agriculture in the face of climate and other major challenge; and to strengthen and consolidate Bhutan's policy by taking steps towards Organic Himalaya and develop models for the Himalayan and other mountain range countries and areas.
Registration is scheduled to open in September, at which point detailed information on travelling to Bhutan will also be provided. Contributions to the event can be sent via this email address. More information is available here: IFOAM
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