the adoption in agriculture of a small number of varieties, high-yielding but genetically uniform, is the main cause of “genetic erosion”. this phenomenon makes agricultural systems more vulnerable to changes, e.g., to climate change. there is now international agreement on the need to also protect biodiversity in the field of agriculture.
DYNAVERSITY has mapped the many entities in Europe that are involved in the conservation of agricultural diversity and in particular those that prefer the use of varieties close to their place of origin, which are actively conserved, i.e., cultivated and exposed to evolutionary pressure, rather than stored in distant places or in gene banks. the purpose of this mapping is to facilitate the creation of new connections between the actors involved, the exchange of scientific knowledge and practices, and the identification of case studies useful for defining best practices.
the project gathered current knowledge on in situ genetic resource conservation and suggested models for management and governance.
formicablu developed the visual identity and communication plan for the project, created the website and took care of the communication and dissemination activities. among other activities, formicablu also created a photographic exhibition telling the story of agricultural communities active in agrobiodiversity conservation in Europe.