Report launch: tree diversity key for food system resilience as climate changes

4 Nov 2022

Photo by Aulia Erlangga/CIFOR

(BONN, Germany, 4 November 2022) – We’ve long known that incorporating trees into food systems is beneficial for people, biodiversity, and climate. But what kinds of trees should we choose?

In a new report, ‘Conserving and using tree diversity for global climate change adaptation and food system resilience’ commissioned by the Crop Trust, BGCI and CIFOR-ICRAF, author Lex A. J. Thomson makes the case for conserving and promoting the use of a wide variety of tree species for smallholder livelihoods and food security in the face of a changing climate. Thomson is an associate professor at Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast, and the founder of Savurua, Fiji’s botanical gardens.

Join us at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)’s annual GLF Climate event, held on the sidelines of the UN climate change conference (COP27), for the report’s launch. You’ll learn how tree diversity can most effectively be conserved and used, and explore the role of collections-based research and development organizations in supporting these critical practices.

WHAT: Launch of report ‘Conserving and using tree diversity for global climate change adaptation and food system resilience’

WHEN: November 12, 2022. 13:15–14:00 UTC+2 (Cairo)

WHERE: Online and in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

WHO: The session will feature experts from key research and collection-based organizations, including:

Ramni Jamnadass, Leader of Tree Productivity and Diversity at the Center for International Forestry Research–World Agroforestry Centre (CIFOR-ICRAF)

Sarada Krishnan, Director of Programs at Crop Trust

Paul Smith, Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)




To obtain a press pass, attend the session as a press member to ask questions live to the panelists online or onsite, request interviews, and for more information about this session, please contact Kelly Quintero (



The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are CGIAR Research Centers. Learn more at: 

About Crop Trust 

The Crop Trust is an international organization working to preserve crop diversity and protect global food and nutrition security. At the core of Crop Trust is an endowment fund dedicated to providing guaranteed financial support to genebanks worldwide. It supports the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, and coordinates large-scale projects worldwide to secure crop diversity and make it available for use. The Crop Trust is recognized as an essential component of the funding strategy of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Learn more at

About Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) 

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is the world’s largest plant conservation network, representing >700 botanical and forestry organisations in 120 countries around the world. It is an independent UK charity established in 1987 to link the botanic gardens of the world in a global network for plant conservation. We aim to support and empower our members and the wider conservation community, so that our knowledge and expertise can be applied to reversing the threat of extinction facing plants. Our vision is a world in which plant diversity is valued, secure and supporting all life, and our mission is: To mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet. Learn more at: 

About the Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. The Forum takes a holistic approach to create sustainable landscapes that are productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient, and considers five cohesive themes of food and livelihoods, landscape restoration, rights, finance and measuring progress. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research-World Agroforestry Centre (CIFOR-ICRAF), in collaboration with its co-founders UNEP and the World Bank, and its charter members. This conference is made possible through our sponsors and working partners. Learn more at: 


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