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National Dialogue on Ecosystem Restoration and Sustainable Food Production and Consumption

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National Dialogue on Ecosystem Restoration and Sustainable Food Production and Consumption
Type: Meeting
Location: Online
Organizer: RPAC
World Environment Day 2021 China

When: 3 June 2021       |      Time:  14:00-16:30 Beijing Time (GMT)+8         I        Language: Chinese

Background

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise awareness and generate action on a pressing environmental issue. The Day offers an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments and renew our resolve in overcoming the environmental challenges facing the world today. Held annually since 1974, World Environment Day is a vital platform for promoting progress on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals. Governments, major corporations, non-governmental organizations, local communities, celebrities and citizens around the world adopt the World Environment Day brand and participate in celebrations every year in support of the environment.

World Environment Day 2021 is hosted by Pakistan on the theme of “Ecosystem Restoration” under the campaign “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.” The official hashtags for the Day are #GenerationRestoration and #WorldEnvironmentDay. This year, the Day will also serve as the formal launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.

Among the series of events that will be organized on World Environment Day, SWITCH-Asia RPAC will celebrate WED with a national dialogue on SCP, farmland ecosystems and sustainable consumption and production in China. Farmlands now cover more than one-third of the Earth's land surface and are perhaps our most vital ecosystems to sustain human-kind. In China, farmland is facing multiple challenges, including food security risk, ecosystem degradation, reduction of cultivated land and climate change, due to the rapid industrialization, urbanization, and increased population. 

Restoring agricultural ecosystems through nature-based solutions, such as using crop rotations, and growing more diverse crops and integrating them with livestock, has the potential to boost farm productivity. The resource circularity in food production and consumption can also contribute to the development of resilient ecosystems, such as increased agricultural efficiency through local production of food, enhanced ecosystem by adopt of agro-ecological practices and food waste composting. 

Objective

Highlight environmental issues and raise awareness on the links between ecosystem restoration and sustainable food consumption and production.This event is open to multi-stakeholders working on food consumption and production (academics, businesses, social society, etc.), youths and the general public.