Food Forever: Biodiversity for Resilience

Our global food systems depend on agrobiodiversity – that is, the vast diversity of crops, trees and livestock that underpins our entire agricultural system, make it less vulnerable to pests and diseases, and contribute to landscape restoration and resilience in the midst of the climate crisis. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 2.5, we have pledged to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of all our agrobiodiversity by 2020. However, even though we have made significant strides towards hitting the target, we are still far from implementation.

The session will be divided into two sub-sessions (SS) (30 minutes each) and three ‘lightning talks’ (LT) (5-7 minutes each), with the following structure:
– LT1: Putting biodiversity to work: Genebanks at the nexus of conservation and utilization of crop diversity
– SS1: How crop diversity, stored in gene banks and from farmer’s fields, offers great potential for more resilient agricultural systems and improved farmers’ livelihoods
– LT2: Working towards sustainable improvement of farmers’ livelihoods
– SS2: Paving the way forward in the Post-2020 Agenda: a new vision for SDG Target 2.5
– LT3: The role of chefs: launch of the Chefs Manifesto – Food Forever Podcast season

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Lessons From Indonesia: building a nature-based economy through jurisdictional approaches

This session will discuss how jurisdictions with sustainability commitments can restore biodiversity and ecosystem values through a nature-based economy that enhances the value of local sustainable products and services sourced from healthy ecological areas. Representatives from government, civil society, community and the private sector will discuss progress in building a nature-based economy through jurisdictional approaches at the district level in Indonesia. To harness global support for LTKL member districts, the panel brings perspectives from partners working in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Insights from this panel will inform other jurisdictions embarking on similar journeys. The session will close by launching the first LTKL jurisdictional profile for Sintang district.
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Rangeland health restoration initiative for “One World – One Health”

Rangelands (grassland, savannahs and silvo-pastoral systems) in dry areas and mountains account for the largest global restoration opportunities for ecosystems, human and environmental health, and economic growth. Restoring them and their biodiversity should be a priority for global “One Health” approaches. This session will explore the following questions: What is the existing and potential productivity and ecosystem service provision of biodiverse rangelands? What are the overall benefits of “One Health” to rangelands and people? How can we mobilize commitment for enhanced biodiversity and “One Health” in rangelands across the globe?
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Seizing the landscape opportunity to catalyse transformative biodiversity governance

The new CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) will build on a theory of change aiming for transformative shifts and involving the whole of society. Landscape-based initiatives and approaches across the globe have evidenced the potential contribution of non-state actors in achieving global goals. Landscape governance arrangements are complementary to existing CBD approaches, and align with the GBF objectives. This session will highlight and discuss the role of landscape approaches and arrangements undertaken by non-state actors to support the GBF, discuss how policies could support this and illustrate the potential for area-based non-state actor GBF commitments and verification.

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A One Health approach for environmental, animal and human health

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the power zoonoses have to disrupt our economies, public health and food systems. In response to this, One Health has grown as an approach for addressing the current inadequacies in responses to such global health crises, as well as playing an important role in addressing and mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss. This panel will highlight why those promoting a landscape approach should pay greater attention to landscape health and its relationship with animal (livestock and wildlife) and human health, as part of an integrated One Health approach. If landscape policies and investments continue to be made without taking into account a One Health lens, they will miss opportunities to contribute to addressing the biggest challenges of our time.

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