12 Feb, 2021
International Symposium on Spices and Aromatic Crops was organised virtually by Indian Society of Spices, Spices Board of India , and Indian Society of Seed Spices from 9th to 12th February 2021. The latest developments in the field of spices were presented and discussed by different experts in the symposium. Private Business Action for Biodiversity (PBAB) project participated in technical Session V on “Environment and Food Safety”. Dr. Charlotte Haeusler Vargas, Advisor, PBAB project, spoke on the ‘Importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services in spices supply chain’ on 12 February. She elaborated how biodiversity and spice production are closely interlinked, as spice production impacts and depends on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Biodiversity-friendly production helps spice companies to plan their sourcing of spices with more focus on biodiversity integration, which enables them to predict long-term sustainability of their supply chain. This is an opportunity for the companies to identify operational risks, to measure the impacts and dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystem services and develop actions to mitigate and manage. The technical session also included eminent speakers from APEDA, Quality Council of India and Stanford University California.
The global PBAB project promotes promising methods and instruments for biodiversity-friendly production and commercialisation. It tests and enhances them and systematises the experience gained in a way that enables both private and public actors to use them. In India, the project addresses spice cultivation in the Western Ghats, a mountain range in southern India that is known for its great biodiversity. The PBAB project is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) Read More
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