Roundtable “Biodiversity Performance in the Food Sector”

The aim is to raise the biodiversity performance of the sector by commonly accepted and implemented priority criteria for biodiversity for the whole food sector. End of 2019 a European sector initiative will be launched, e.g. as a European round table on biodiversity in the food sector. This initiative will provide ground for more and regular exchange among representatives from the food industry standards organization and other stakeholders.

Focus of the European Food Sector Initiative will be

  • Implementation and continuous improvement of a basic set of criteria for biodiversity for the whole food sector
  • Dissemination and application of training modules on biodiversity for representatives from the food sector
  • Expansion of the Biodiversity Monitoring Systems and publication of monitoring results on a regular basis
  • Information and sensitizations of consumers: Food retailers and food production companies are able to communicate the importance of biodiversity for an intact planet directly to the consumer. This leads to a higher demand for products which are certified by a standard/label implementing a high amount of biodiversity criteria.

The consortium of Global Nature Fund, LCF, Solagro, IST and FGN has started with the preparations for the sector Initiative. Preparatory multi-stakeholder meetings will be hosted in various European cities. The official launch of the Initiative "Biodiversity Performance in the Food Sector” will take place in Brussels end of 2019.