Achieving Sustainable Development Goals and Strengthening Science of Climate Resilience
The major objective of this event was to take stock of changes that took place over the past three decades at a regional level, in the area of sustainable agriculture and rural development, and in particular the sectors of food, nutrition and livelihoods, as a result of multi-sectoral interventions including that of MSSRF. This helped us plan our future in strategic research, development, and deployment of scientifically credible knowledge and evidence in the challenging areas of sustainable development.
The meeting endeavoured and contributed to the national-level efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular the SDG2 of Zero Hunger. Climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation with reference to this focal issue was identified as the major cross-cutting theme for discussion.
The discussions focused on three thematic areas: Climate change and coastal India; Sustainable livelihood, Nutrition and health security; Biodiversity mainstreaming for sustainable agriculture & climate resilience. The way forward plan to 2030 was discussed in the context of the MSSRF’s biovillage paradigm for sustainable rural development.
Primary outputs from this meeting:
(i) Consolidated results of evidence-based studies and interventions to achieve sustainable agricultural and rural development goals in different locations of India, particularly the coastal, semi-arid and dryland ecosystems, and the biodiversity and cultural diversity hotspots of the country; gaps to be addressed were identified.
(ii) Partnerships and networks between policy makers, community institutions, media, NGOs, private sector institutions, scientists, and donors, working in the areas of sustainable livelihoods, natural resource management, and food, nutrition and health security, to up-scale the achievements and take the results to desirable new locations
(iii) Resource mobilization mechanisms and strategies needed for strengthening community-scientist- policymaker level initiatives that promote conservation, enhancement, and sustainable and equitable use of agro-biodiversity and other natural resources for achieving the SDGs were discussed.