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Communities of the Potato Park sign a new Repatriation Agreement with the International Potato Cente
Communities of the Potato Park sign a new Repatriation Agreement with the International Potato Cente2010-12-06

On Monday 06 of December, 2010, a new agreement was signed between the Association of Communities of the Potato Park and the Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP) for continuation of a collaborative partnership with the goal of dynamic conservation and promotion of native potato varieties through repatriation and bridging scientific and traditional knowledge
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“This landmark “Agreement on the repatriation, restoration and monitoring of  agrobiodiveristy of native potatoes and associated community knowledge systems represents a major contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, and echoes the concerns of recent discussions at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity on promoting agrobiodiversity for poverty eradication and enabling economic and social dimensions of development, said Alejandro Argumedo, Director of Asociacion ANDES and associated reseracher with the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) of the UK. The agreement will enable continuation of the valuable work on conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity that has been undertaken jointly by the six rural communities of the Potato Park located in Pisaq in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco, and scientists of CIP since 2004. Outcomes of the initial collaboration include the repatriation of over 400 varieties of native potatoes which are successfully being managed by the communities of the Potato Park. This has led to a strengthening of cultural values and traditional knowledge associated to the repatriated varieties, food security and self-determined development.
In support of current Potato Park projects on Adaptation to Climate Change and in accordance with decisions of  the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on Farmers’ Rights and the CBD COP 10 regarding the importance of supporting indigenous territorial approaches to conservation of agrobiodiversity for combating climate change, the agreement will extend current work in the Potato Park to focus on adaptation of native potato varieties to changing climatic conditions. This will enable conservation of varieties of potatoes and agrobiodiversity, as well as ensure food sovereignty of vulnerable communities in times of rapidly changing and unpredictable climatic conditions. The CIP - Potato Park agreement is a recognition of the importance of indigenous biodiversity-based livelihoods and promotes the conservation and sustainable use of diversity of crops and their varieties, of wild plants, and of environments and the use of small scale experimentation for adapting seeds via locally appropriate methods rather than large scale climate-related geo-engineering activities which could have catastrophic negative impacts on biodiversity and livelihoods.
The signing of the agreement took place in the auditorium of CIP, located at 1895 Av. La Molina, Lima, at 3 pm on December 6, 2010. Following the signing of the agreement, CIP and the Association of Communities of the Potato Park will develop a strategic action plan that details the main activities to be carried out under the terms of the agreement. 
For more information on the agreement, please contact Alejandro Argumedo at alejandro@andes.org.pe, or the ANDES office at (51 84) 24 50 21.




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