As biodiversity is a factor in several SDGs and plays a key role in meeting people’s food, energy and cultural requirements, the IRD’s teams will continue their research in to the threats to biodiversity, its erosion and its standardisation at a global level. In this respect, they will ensure that open science approaches are introduced, involving teams of researchers, decision-makers, managers and users.
As part of IRD and Cirad’s efforts to align their respective collaboration arrangements in partnership with the South, IRD has expressed the wish to join the Innovation and Variety Improvement in West Africa research and teaching partnership (DP IAVAO). The two organisations are thus jointly holding the 2017 "Sustainable Intensification" conference in Dakar.
In 2017, IRD also plans to join the Phytobiome Alliance (an industry/academic collaborative initiative to build a foundation focused on phytobiome-related studies).