In recent years, the Mexican agricultural sector has made significant progress in its legal and programmatic framework for a transformation towards a more sustainable agrifood system. Likewise, there have been important intersectoral coordination efforts framed mainly within the National Biodiversity Strategy of Mexico (ENBioMex) and its 2016-2030 Action Plan, as well as in Strategies for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the States (ECUSBEs), derived from this important planning instrument. Some state governments have given a decisive boost to this intersectoral vision to achieve sustainable and biodiversity-friendly agricultural production, establishing local programs and concrete actions that provide solutions to specific problems in each state, while potentially serving as an example to other entities.

In order to make visible the relevance of intersectoral dialogue in the search for opportunities to implement good practices that favor biodiversity in primary productive sectors, ensure their resilience and share the lessons learned, the IKI IBA Project organized a series of Seminars for the Exchange of Experiences between State Authorities on Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity.

The first seminar talked about The Integration of Biodiversity in the Agricultural Sector and took place on June 17, 2020, with the participation of representatives from the agricultural and environmental sectors in the states of Jalisco, Yucatán, and Guanajuato. The second was held on July 8, with the states of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Hidalgo participating in the topic Agroecology as a Path to Food Self-sufficiency and the Conservation of Biodiversity; while the third, held on July 21 with the topic Pollination, its Importance in the Health of Ecosystems and Food Production, involved the states of Quintana Roo, Querétaro and Mexico City.

All seminars were broadcast live via Facebook Live on the IKI IBA Project page, which allowed a wide audience, reaching more than 100 participants, and the exchange of questions and answers with the different panelists. Each seminar contained an interesting dialogue promoted between the sectors and the states, highlighting the role of state governments in promoting the agendas of sustainability and integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agrifood production.

You can consult the videos of the presentations, as well as photos, here.