Business dependency and impacts on ecosystems

In the context of agricultural production, sustainable management practices can maintain or increase, or prevent declines in, flows of environmental goods and services, as the quality and availability of the raw materials depend on the availability of ecosystem services. Negative trends in the availability of these services would affect productivity of the farmers, and the entire value chain all the way to the food manufacturer.

The aim of this Knowledge Cafe is to discuss how companies can scale up this programme. In particular the discussion will focus on identifying opportunities for working in partnership with other actors (especially from the conservation community) and suggestions on how to prioritise the clusters that need more immediate attention due to on-going ecosystem degradation. The 2 hours event will focus on addressing one specific question: “How can we bring awareness of ecosystem impacts and dependencies among all actors of a landscape that can lead to collaborative versus competitive (or no) responses?“.

To support the discussion Nespresso, Syngenta and British American Tobacco will share what they have learned trying to mobilize actors beyond their suppliers at the landscape level to address ecosystem based dependencies and impacts and the success achieved in implementing a collaborative approach.

The participants will then work together on a Check List of how can different actors can be mobilized to take action in addressing ecosystem dependencies when there may be no rapid and easily measurable benefits, but which will result in system level benefits? The Check List will be shared during Knowledge Café (event 23) “Building resilience in agricultural landscapes: finding solutions through business and conservation collaboration”, on 9 September at 11.00 am.

Download the Agenda from the Documents Section.

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