Video On Demand

The Declining Ecosystem and its Impact on Global Food Systems

June 25, 2019 • 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT
The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat all rely on biodiversity – but the demands of a growing population and the practices of unsustainable agriculture are compromising access to humanity’s most basic needs. This was the message from two recent reports launched by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' (FAO) publications: Biodiversity for Sustainable Agriculture and The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture.
The reports detailed the impact of environmental degradation and the impact diminishing biodiversity has on vulnerable ecosystems and food systems, including agriculture and health. Once biodiversity is lost, we cannot recover it. What is driving these changes in nature and how will it impact daily life? What policies and practices need to be put in place to save our planet and our food security?
Join us to hear from experts on the linkages between biodiversity loss and its impact on the global food system. The distinguished panel will reflect on the importance of safeguarding biodiversity for food and agriculture. Sustainable agriculture is key to reversing trends that lead to biodiversity loss, damaged ecosystems, deforestation, and the overall deterioration of our natural resources. The event will include an in-depth, multidisciplinary discussion as well as a nuanced conversation on the two reports. 

This dialogue is part of the joint CSIS Global Food Security Project and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,
Liaison Office for North America speaker series on agricultural development.
Kimberly Flowers
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food and Water Security Program

Ann Tutwiler

Former Director General, Bioversity International & Senior Fellow, Meridian Institute

Naoko Ishii

CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Nik Sekhran

Chief Conservation Officer, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Tom Pesek

Senior Liaison Officer, Liaison Office for North America, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Vimlendra Sharan

Director, Liaison Office for North America, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Sir Robert Watson

Chair, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)