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ConferenceSustainable Consumption for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Worldwide

Datum: 30. September 2019

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Stresemannstraße 128-130, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu)

High levels of consumption of goods and services have become a defining characteristic of modern industrial societies. To cover these levels of consumption, consumers in countries such as Germany rely on resources that are cultivated, extracted and sometimes processed in other countries and regions of the world. The production and extraction of these materials has severe impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. While consciousness of the need for environmentally and nature-compatible consumption is quite high in Germany, this does not necessarily result in sustainable consumption patterns. To conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide targeted policy intervention to facilitate shifts in consumption are thus needed.

The project ‘KomsumWende’ aims to develop tools and policy recommendations that can promote consumption patterns that lead to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the global south. For this purpose, the effects of German consumption behavior on biodiversity and ecosystem services in the global south will be identified through the use of case studies in the fields of food, mobility and clothing. Subsequently, promising policy instruments are identified and their effectiveness evaluated.

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.

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?

Invitation flyer

If you would like to attend the conference, please register here:

Limited funds are available to support travel expenses, also for international participants.

10:00Welcome | Dr. Ulf Jaeckel (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety)
10:15Publication Launch: Protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide through sustainable consumption: The cases of cotton, soy and Lithium
10:30Presentation of Key Results of the Study | Lea Kliem (IÖW), Horst Fehrenbach (ifeu)
11:15Coffee break
11:45Key Note 1 | Charles Arden-Clarke (One Planet Network, United Nations Environment Programme)
Key Note 2 | Lucia Reisch (Copenhagen Business School)
13:30Parallel Working Groups on the Cases of Soy, Cotton and Lithium
14:45Coffee break
15:00Panel Discussion: Ways Forward Overcoming Implementation Challenges | Martina Fleckenstein (WWF International), Maike Gebhard (Utopia), Marcelo Visconti (Round Table for Responsible Soy), Timothy Lang (Center for Food Policy, City University London) – to be confirmed
15:45Closing Words | Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation), Ulf Jaeckel (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety)
16:00End of the Conference

The invitation to this conference extends to

  • Government officials
  • Representatives from NGOs and international organizations
  • Industry representatives, especially those working with cotton, soy or lithium
  • Applied researchers
  • Press representatives

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Stresemannstraße 128-130, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Arrival by public transportation:
S-Bahn (city railway) lines S1, S2, S25: Station Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz

U-Bahn (underground) line U2: Station Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz

Bus lines 200, M41, M48: Stop S+U Potsdamer Platz; M85: Stop Potsdamer Platz/Voßstraße

Arrival by Train
From Bahnhof Zoo: Underground U2 (direction Pankow) to station: U Potsdamer Platz

From Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main station): Bus line M41 (direction Sonnenallee/Baumschulenweg) to station: S+U Potsdamer Platz

From Ostbahnhof: S-Bahn S3, S5, S7, S75 (via Alexanderplatz to station Friedrichstraße, change for S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (via Brandenburger Tor) to station: S Potsdamer Platz

Here you will find more Information about directions.

Arrival by bike:
If you arrive by bike, you can determine your route individually with the support of a cycle route planner.