We've joined the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet Initiative

Promoting solutions to conservation and development challenges

PANORAMA is a partnership which promotes examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics to enable cross-sectoral learning. It is led by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), IUCN, UN Environment, GRID-Arendal, Rare and now IFOAM – Organics International.

We've joined the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet Initiative and co-coordinate the initiative’s “Agriculture and Biodiversity” thematic community, along with GIZ and Rare. We're delighted to contribute to PANORAMA’s growing global community of solution providers and seekers, and integrates its resources into this common global initiative to share and replicate positive change.

The PANORAMA internet platform currently showcases 380 solutions from over 70 countries and is open to everyone. The solutions are organized in thematic communities ranging from coastal and marine areas to ecosystem-based adaptation as well as agriculture and biodiversity approaches. We expect more themes to be integrated in the future.

All PANORAMA solutions are documented in a unique building block methodology that encourages replication, adaptation and upscaling across sectors and regions. In addition, the solutions are being promoted through a range of communication and peer learning formats, including workshops, webinars and publications.

The role of organic as a solution

Organic agriculture as a movement per se has existed since around the beginning of the 20th century and continues developing. The current phase of evolution is commonly referred to as Organic 3.0, where the sector breaks out of its niche market position and aims to be inclusive and be included in broader efforts toward the common good and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, based on adoption of best practices and fostering a culture of innovation.

As the umbrella organization for the organic agriculture movement we intend to contribute as broadly as possible toward the ecological, social, economic, and cultural well being of all peoples and communities across the planet. By sharing the proven benefits of practices developed from long traditions of natural farming, coupled with cutting edge science and appropriate technologies, the organic sector offers solutions that can be applied in a wide variety of scenarios across a huge spectrum of challenges.

Farmers, value chains, consumers, and governments have their own context-specific issues to address. While some challenges are common to all of us (eg climate change) and may be global in scope, solutions need to be applied locally in ways that are practical, accessible, and with demonstrable benefits to the people involved.

At IFOAM - Organics International, we have several active “channels” of research and innovation. We have our own Technology Innovation Platform (TIPI), which in turn is closely related to TP Organics, a similar initiative for Europe-based research and innovation. We also administer the Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) in cooperation with the Rural Development Administration of the Republic of Korea, where innovative solutions are sought and awarded through a contest every three years. In 2016, in response to the advent of Organic 3.0, the first-ever Innovation Committee was established with the purpose of further developing a culture of innovation among the organic sector. The PANORAMA initiative will be an ideal platform on which to showcase many achievements with a wider audience and build new alliances.

Contact

If you have any questions for IFOAM – Organics International, send them to David Gould, Senior Facilitator, at d.gould [at] ifoam.bio (subject: IFOAM%20and%20Panorama) .

For more information you can visit the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet platform at www.panorama.solutions or follow the hashtag #PANORAMASolutions. 

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