FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)

21/05/2021-21/05/2021 Virtual, Bangkok, Thailand


The Biodiversity Mainstreaming Task Force of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-RAP) is pleased to invite you to participate in a virtual event on 21 May 2021, from 14:00 to 15:30h (Bangkok time).

FAO-RAP is seizing the IDB opportunity to bring together its partners who have participated in previous discussions and dialogues, such as during the Regional Consultative Meeting on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors,held in Bangkok in July 2019, as well as those who might be interested to be part of future discussions and development of the RAP Biodiversity Mainstreaming Programme.

Let us all be part of the solution, let us re-connect and share innovative ideas and new directions for mainstreaming biodiversity across agricultural sectors in Asia and the Pacific.


14:00  – 14:15

- Opening and introduction by Thomas Hofer, FAO RAP

- Welcome remarks by Takayuki Hagiwara, Regional Programme Leader

- Video message by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

14:15 – 14:35 

Keynote presentations

 Food System future transformation  – Reflection towards the UN Food System Summit during the UN General Assembly” by Dr. Shenggen Fan, Dean of the Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy (AGFEP), China Agricultural University and former Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

 Productive Landscape Restoration and Integrated Approaches – a way forward towards Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework” by Evonne Yiu, International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) Secretariat

 Implementing Cross-sectoral partnerships for biodiversity mainstreaming – what do we need?” by Theresa Mundita Lim, Executive Director, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity

 Facilitating connectivity for sustainable economic growth and  biodiversity” by Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Executive Director, Mekong Institute

14:35 – 15:20

What can we do now collectively to reverse the trends of biodiversity loss?”

An Interactive Panel Discussion with Q & A among country and stakeholder representatives

Facilitator: Rosalud de la Rosa

15:20 -  15:30

Closing remarks and the way Forward – by Thomas Hofer


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