Preserving Natural Capital - Role and action by the food retail sector


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Preserving Natural Capital - Role and action by the food retail sector

  1. 1. European Seminar and Workshop PRESERVING NATURAL CAPITAL ROLE AND ACTION BY THE FOOD RETAIL SECTOROrganization: Quercus - National Association for Nature ConservationPartners: Global Nature Fund and Fundacíon Global Nature - European Business and Biodiversity CampaignSupport by: Lusófona UniversityDate: 18/04/2011 Venue: Biblioteca Victor de Sá, Lusófona University, Campo Grande 380-B, LisbonTarget audience: Companies from retail, food distribution industry and others (including food production and processing).Background and justification:Retailers are a key intermediate in modern economy, acting as a link between thousands of product suppliersand consumers. The retail sector currently accounts for 4.2% of total added value of the EU and employs atleast 17.4 million people; among European countries, Portugal has been leading growth rates in this sector.However, retailers have an enormous influence on production and consumption patterns. Targeted activity nextto the retail sector can help achieving a significant change in unsustainable consumption patterns in Europe,while at the same time a responsible sourcing and choice of suppliers can impact positively the way goods areproduced and distributed.The Portuguese Presidency of the European Union in 2007 launched the Business and Biodiversity Initiative,with the main goal of highlighting the relationship between business and biodiversity, enabling business give asignificant contribution to biodiversity protection and to pursue the goal of halting the loss biodiversity at local,national, regional and global levels. Subsequently the European Commission established an EuropeanPlatform on Business and Biodiversity, defining priority sectors for action, among which stands the food supplysector, involving retailers, packaging and food processing business; this platform is developing further guidancelines, using case-studies to develop a better performance on biodiversity and ecosystems.The UN Convention on Biological Diversity, in its 10th Conference of the Parties at Nagoya, Japan in October2010, encouraged the involvement of the business sector in biodiversity protection and recognized the role ofNGOs in influencing business practices and as facilitators of change in consumer behavior and expectations ofsociety. Furthermore, the European Council of Environment Ministers, at its meeting on December the 20th2010 welcomed the decisions of this world summit, highlighting "the importance of cooperation with thebusiness sector" and "integrating economic valuation of biodiversity value and ecosystems in decisions ofpublic and private sector."In this context Quercus is developing the project Enterprises and Biodiversity, a contribution to disseminatingand providing methodological resources, recent experiences and case-studies, applicable and tangible forbusinesses in Portugal. Quercus organizes this meeting, hoping it can mobilize more companies towards thepreservation and investment on natural capital - the very basis for food supply - contained in the goods andservices provided by ecosystems and biodiversity. The event is organized in collaboration with the EuropeanBusiness and Biodiversity Campaign – funded under the LIFE Program of the European Union. REGISTRATIONOn-line registration: information at: E-mail:
  2. 2. PROGRAM09:15h - Opening session Nuno Sequeira, President of Quercus; Carlos Vieira, Administrator of ISG-Lusófona University; Luis Rochartre, President of Business Council for Sustainable Development Portugal09:30h - The Portuguese Initiative on Business and Biodiversity Ana Luísa Forte, Institute of Nature Conservation an Biodiversity (Ministry of Environment)09:50h - The project Enterprises and Biodiversity Paula Silva, Project Coordinator, Quercus10:10h - The European Campaign Business and Biodiversity – A practical case-study on fruit production and biodiversity at Lake Constance in Germany Stefan Hörmann, Project Director, Global Nature Fund and Marion Hammerl, Director, Lake Constance Foundation10:40h - Coffee-break11:00h - Biodiversity and the food and drink sector - the business case to act Annelisa Grigg, Project Director, Natural Value Initiative11:30h - Developing a policy and implementing practices for sustainable seafood Renato Leite, Responsible for the Fish Sector of Sonae - Modelo e Continente12:00h - Discussion12:30h - Lunch14:00h - The compromise of Delta Cafés with biodiversity Ana Margarida Carvalho, Direction of Integrated Systems, Delta Cafés14:30h - Discussion15:00h - Workshop "Biodiversity and my company business"16:15h - Coffee-break16.30h - Reporting of results and wrap-up – What are the next steps?17:00h - Closing