Recently, more than 70 global agri-food leaders in the business, policy, green, and social arenas, were consulted for a report for UNEP that exposes unforeseen areas of consensus about the challenge and possible solutions. It also exposes areas of disagreement and lays out a key set of specific "high impact" areas where smart decisions will make the most difference for sustainable and resilient food and agriculture systems.
Using the areas of agreement and disagreement cited in the report above as a backdrop, the two-hour workshop will be interactive and will include thought-provoking discussion from those working at the nexus of agriculture and conservation. Participating in the panel conversation are Dr. Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP, Dr. Juan Gonzalez-Valero, Head of Public Policy and Partnerships, Syngenta International AG, Dr. Celia Harvey, Vice President of Global Change and Ecosystem Services, Conservation International, and Andrea Athanas, Senior Program Design Officer - East Africa, African Wildlife Foundation.
After initial remarks, speakers and participants will be asked to address what scenarios and actions are necessary to ensure both food security and biodiversity conservation in the coming decades.