Lecture

Mansholt lecture 2022: Nature Positive Futures

The sixth edition of the Mansholt Lecture is about nature positive futures: food systems as a major catalyst for change. How do we need to transition agricultural production and the food system from where we are now to where we need to go to create a liveable planet in the long term? And how do we ensure that the transition is sustainable, fair and just to everyone, including local and vulnerable communities?
This lecture is organized by WUR on September 28, 2022 in Brussels.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Date

Wed 28 September 2022

Venue Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts Paleis der Academiën, Hertogsstraat 1 - 1000 Brussels

Climate change and biodiversity loss are two sides of the same coin. Climate change is a critical driver of biodiversity loss, affecting the distribution, functioning and interactions of species and ecosystems. The devastating effects of climate change on ecosystems reduces their ability to supply crucial ecosystem services that regulate the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, temperature, floods, droughts, pests and diseases. This loss of regulation capacity of our ecosystems further exacerbates climate change and its effects. Biodiversity loss and climate change should therefore be viewed as strongly coupled crises with mutually reinforcing feedback loops.

Human activities in agriculture and the food system are among the main human pressures driving this deterioration. However, agriculture and the food system will ultimately also be the main victim of these couples crises, as drought, heat stress, floods, infertile soils or lack of pollinators increasingly impact food production. Reintroducing biodiversity into the food system from the farm to the fork can therefore be a main catalyser for creating a sustainable, healthy future for the planet and its people.

Agents of change and a mix of interventions can create enabling conditions that trigger and accelerate pathways to nature positive futures
Agents of change and a mix of interventions can create enabling conditions that trigger and accelerate pathways to nature positive futures

In this Mansholt lecture, WUR will present its vision and priority actions for different stakeholder groups on the role agriculture and the food system play in navigating the crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. How do we need to transition agricultural production and the food system from where we are now to where we need to go to create a liveable planet in the long term? And how do we ensure that the transition is sustainable, fair and just to everyone, including local and vulnerable communities?

Programme

14.00 Welcome with coffee
14.30 General information Sjoukje Heimovaara (WUR)
14.45 Reflections from a scientific perspective Liesje Mommer (WUR)
15.15 Reflections Lukas Visek (Member of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans at European Commission)
15.30 Panel led by Jeanne Nel (WUR) Lukas Visek: Member of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans at European Commission
Alex Datema: Chairman of Boerennatuur Netherlands and Dairy Farmer
Evi Vet: Youth Representative, Dutch National Youth Council
Giulia Riedo: Agriculture and Food Sustainability Policy Officer, WWF Europe
Manfred Aben: Global Vice President R&D, Foods & Refreshment Science & Technology, Unilever
16.20 Synthesis Sjoukje Heimovaara
16.30 Drinks Served in the banquet room on the first floor