The Russian invasion of Ukraine has placed food security high on the political agenda, both within and beyond the EU. Many measures are being taken to protect agricultural production in the short-term.
Among them, the decision of the European Commission to delay, due to uncertainties related to the war, the adoption of its proposal for legally binding EU nature restoration targets.
This could potentially lead to increased land use, which might contribute to further land degradation and biodiversity loss, and thereby jeopardise agricultural production in the long-term.
- environmental protection
Indeed, unsustainable agricultural practices are one of the main drivers of land degradation, which in turn affects the functionality and productivity of food systems. Restoring and protecting land, as proposed by the EU Biodiversity strategy and the Convention of Biological Diversity, has proven to have positive effects in building resilient food systems.
Yet, the need to ensure food security has amplified concerns about the potential unintended consequences of the Green Deal on food systems and healthy ecosystems. As part of the EU Green Week, FIPRA invites you to a high-level panel discussion on how the global community can address the challenge of food security while protecting and restoring its environment.
This event will bring policymakers, country representatives, and civil society together to assess the links between food security and biodiversity and discuss durable solutions that protect and restore the environment while maintaining food stability in today’s unstable context.
The debate will feature:
- Cynthia Xing, Partner, Yuan Associates (Fipra China)
- Rita El Zaghloul Coordinator of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature & People, Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy
- Stefan Leiner, Head of Unit Biodiversity, DG ENV, European Commission
- Gaelle Marion, Head of Unit Environmental Sustainability, DG AGRI, European Commission
- Alberto Arroyo Schnell, Head of Policy & Programme, European Regional Office
Moderator: Dorothée Coucharrière, Head of Practice, Green Transition, Fipra.