From Global Goals to Greener Plates: Empowering Nature with Sustainable Diets

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Source: WUR

September 14, 2023 - September 14, 2023

12:15 PM - 01:45 PM

Online & On location

Event by Wageningen University & Research

Source: WUR

Armed with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, we embark on an immense and urgent challenge to bend the curve of biodiversity loss by 2030. No matter how ambitious our conventional efforts are for protecting and restoring nature, these efforts alone will not be enough to bend this curve. Crucial transformative changes are needed in the way society produces and consumes.

Biodiversity efforts tend to focus on sustainable production, but sustainable consumption is increasingly acknowledged, especially at the global level. When it comes to sustainable consumption, the food we eat really matters. Shifts to healthy and environmentally sustainable diets will simultaneously address climate change and biodiversity loss, and enhance human health and longevity.

One immediate opportunity to leverage these benefits is to connect often overlooked allies working on National Dietary Guidelines, National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, and Nationally Determined Contributions to climate action. These tools represent country-level short- to medium-term plans to realize commitments to food, biodiversity and climate goals. Connecting these will help to combine conventional actions with new courses of action, mobilise new collaborations and allies, and shape change together with greater and faster effect.

About the session

This session will explore how to connect these important processes: What is needed for national governments to play a more central role in shaping dietary choices that are more in line with global health, biodiversity and climate targets? What dilemmas do different countries face, given their local realities and contexts? The purpose of the session will be to share knowledge across different countries, strengthen collaborations between science, policy and practice, and encourage country commitment in connecting their national dietary, biodiversity and climate plans and commitments. This is the beginning of a WUR-WWF collaboration to weave together interdisciplinary science, cross-sectoral policies and diverse societal values on food and nature. The insights in this session will be used to provide science and policy perspectives that can inform the 2024 Summit of the Future on how to better connect dietary, biodiversity and climate goals to positively impact people’s lives.

For whom is this relevant?

We call on people who are interested in collaborating on evidence-based policy for food, nature and climate, and who seek to translate global goals to local action. This session emphasises food, biodiversity and climate goals, but also offers a broadly-applicable governance approach for whole-of-society policy integration that weaves together a diverse range of societal values.

Outcomes of session

  • Inspired participants – researchers, civil society, Mission representatives – who can stimulate people in their own networks to create a critical momentum towards dietary, biodiversity and climate futures that positively impact people’s lives.
  • Collaboration and governance perspectives to inform the Summit of the Future in 2024 on how to enhance cooperation for food, climate and nature transformations that positively impact people’s lives.
  • Coordination and strengthening of national-level commitments for transformations needed to tackle biodiversity, climate and food challenges
  • The start of collaboration process between WUR and WWF to work together with their networks to connect interdisciplinary science, cross-sectoral policies and diverse societal values on food and nature.

Speakers: Edith Feskens, Sjoukje Heimovaraa, Nelly Isigi Kadagi, Brent Loken, Jeanne Nel, Ravic Nijbroek

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Mariëlle Karssenberg

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