How to ensure that concerns for biodiversity conservation are built into trade policies and agreements?

15 ideas  •  44 participants

The challenge:

Biodiversity loss is largely linked to production and consumption patterns in a globalized economy. For instance, palm oil production, monoculture-based agriculture and deforestation of rainforests have been shown to be largely detrimental to ecosystems and species diversity. Yet, binding rules for biodiversity conservation are very often lacking, or at the very least neglected, in bi-/multilateral trade agreements.  Furthermore, assessing the impact of trade commodities over their whole life-cycle is often hindered by insufficient data and lack of transparency. This challenge calls thus for solutions in the area of international trade agreements as well as national policies relevant to international trade and its impact on biodiversity. What could be done regarding the impact of trade in general or in specific areas such as agriculture or mining? How could the impact of products over their whole life-cycle (including recycling, waste management etc) be integrated more systematically to trade decisions? Or how could international investment flows be reorganized so as to enhance biodiversity protection?


Share your ideas, make a difference! 

  • Cut: Share your ideas until October 31st, 2018.

  • Mix: Refine your ideas, incorporate feedback and consolidate teams until November 14th.

  • Fry: Mobilise votes until November 21st. The crowd decides which 5 ideas will be reviewed by the high-level jury (Policy Kitchen reserves a wildcard for especially promising ones). All of these ideas will be published to the foraus blog audience. Then, by December 5th, a high-level jury selects the best idea per challenge.

  • Simmer: The winning ideas will be developed into full Policy Recipes with the support of experts until March 2019.

  • Serve: Policy Kitchen puts your Policy Recipes on center stage by serving them to decision-makers and the public through impact events and media work. Your ideas deserve to be heard!

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