BGBD Project

About the Project


Conservation and Sustainable Management of Below Ground Bio Diversity (CSM-BGBD) project's main goal is to “Enhance awareness, knowledge and understanding of below-ground biodiversity important to sustainable agricultural production in tropical landscapes by the demonstration of methods for conservation and sustainable management”.

The project is exploring the hypothesis that, by appropriate management of above and below ground biota, optimal conservation of biodiversity for national and global benefits can be achieved in mosaics of land-uses at differing intensities of management and furthermore results in simultaneous gains in sustainable agricultural production.

The primary outcomes of the project are :

  • Internationally accepted standard methods for characterization and evaluation of BGBD, including a set of indicators for BGBD loss.

  • Inventory and evaluation of BGBD in benchmark sites representing a range of globally significant ecosystems and land uses.
  • A global information exchange network for BGBD.

  • Sustainable and replicable management practices for BGBD conservation identified and implemented in pilot demonstration sites in representative tropical forest landscapes in seven countries.

  • Recommendations of alternative land use practices and an advisory support system for policies that will enhance the conservation of BGBD.

  • Improved capacity of all relevant institutions and stakeholders to implement conservation management of BGBD in a sustainable and efficient manner.


The Project is coordinated by the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT (TSBF-CIAT) and is co-financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which contributes more than US$9 million of the Project's budget of US$16.5 million. The Project also receives support in implementation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the participating countries.

GEF Operational Programme


Our contacts

CSM-BGBD Project Coordination Office
TSBF Institute of CIAT
c/o World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
P.O. Box 30677-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254 (20) 7224770/2/5
Fax: +254 (20) 7224764/3
Email: BGBD Project


A Project executed by TSBF-CIAT with co-financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implementation support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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