The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) invite to the conference Sustainable Consumption for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Worldwide. The one-day event will take place on September 30, 2019 in Berlin. The conference launches the study Protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide through sustainable consumption and invites for discussion.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Germany

Sectors of activity
Environmental Services, Consumer Goods, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising

Start date
30/09/2019

Objectives

To better conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide targeted policies and measures to facilitate shifts in consumption are needed.

The conference will discuss recent research findings that indicate ecological impacts elsewhere from goods imported to Germany. More specifically, we will highlight environmental impacts and suggest policy responses for Lithium (E-Mobility), Soy (Meat) and Cotton (Clothing). The focus lies on policy options that can contribute to mitigating the pressure our consumption places on biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide.

Activities

The conference launches the study "Protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide through sustainable consumption".

Together with decision and policy makers and international experts, we will address questions such as:

► What are the global impacts of consumption on biodiversity and ecosystem services?

► Which shifts in consumption patterns are needed to reduce these impacts?

► And which policy approaches and measures can promote such transitions, specifically in the fields of mobility, food and clothing?

Impact and Results

Dissemination of the study "Protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide through sustainable consumption".

Advancing the discussion on Sustainable Consumption in developed countries like Germany to protect Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in producing countries (e.g. the global South).

New input from participants to contribute to the project "KonsumWende" run by the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu).