Venue: Brot für die Welt, Caroline-Michaelis-Straße 1; 10115 Berlin
Date: Wed, 24. 10.2018; 10:00 – 18:o0
In the context of the global climate, energy and food crisis, land and biodiversity are in
the focus of the global race for access to and control over natural resources. New largescale
technologies such as geoengineering and extreme forms of genetic engineering are
also pushing on the political agenda. This threatens to intensify the existing competition
between protection, use and marketing interests.
In the run-up to the two UN conferences on climate change (UNFCCC) and biodiversity
(CBD) we want to address the impact of these new technologies on local land-use and
biodiversity as well as on human rights and democracy and discuss which kind of
regulation they require.
At the same time, we want to highlight land-use approaches that can reconcile the
protection of climate and biodiversity with food sovereignty and land rights.
Overall, the symposium addresses the question of which path should be taken in international
climate and biodiversity policy: Can we curb the global crises and the ongoing
environmental destruction with even more profound interventions in the ecological and
terrestrial systems? How long can the crisis symptoms be suppressed? And what are just
solutions to the multiple crises around climate, energy, land-use and nutrition?
We kindly ask for a short registration by e-mail by 10th October 2018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference languages are German, English and Portuguese. Simultaneous translation is offered.
Participation: free of charge
09.30 ‒ 10.00 am Registration Participants
10.00 ‒ 10.15 am Welcome address
Dr. Luise Steinwachs, Bread for the World
10.15 ‒ 10.30 am Introduction: Technofixes as a solution to the multiple crisis?
Thomas Fatheuer, freelance FDCL member in the field of Global climate, forest and biodiversity policy
10.30 ‒ 11.15 am Land-based geoengineering technologies (BECCS): Part of the solution for the climate and energy crisis or socio-ecological tinderbox?
Prof. Jan Minx, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
Teresa Anderson, ActionAid – Policy Officer, Climate & Resilience
11.15 ‒ 12.15 pm New genetic engineering: Transmission belt to deal with the multiple crisis or opening Pandora’s box?
Dr. Ricardo Gent, Managing director of the German Association of Biotechnology Industries
Dr. Angelika Hilbeck, ETH Zurich – Institute of Integrative Biology, Head of the Biosafety & Agroecology Group
12.15 ‒ 1.30 pm Lunch break
1.30 ‒ 3.00 pm Geoengineering and biotechnology: With ‚renewable monopolies‘
on the way to a climate-friendly bioeconomy?
Neth Daño, Co-executive director of the Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group) based in Davao City, southern Philippines
Nina Holland, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) ‒ Researcher and campaigner
Darci Frigo, Lawyer and Coordinator of the Brazilian Human Rights Organization Terra de Direitos
3.00 ‒ 3.30 pm coffee break
3.30 ‒ 4.30 pm Precautionary principle on the Sidelines? Current approaches and prospects for international regulation using the example of new genetic engineering
Birgit Winkel, BMU ‒ Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Christine von Weizsäcker, President ECOROPA/Chairwoman CBD Alliance
4.30 ‒ 6.00 pm Beyond regulation ‒ alternatives in sight?
Concluding Panel with:
Barbara Unmusig, Member of the Board Heinrich-Boll-Foundation
Teresa Anderson, ActionAid
Neth Dano, ETC-Group
Angelika Hilbeck, ETH Zurich
Darci Frigo, Terra de Direitos
6.00 pm End of the conference
Biological diversity and land-use in the sights of geoengineering and biotechnology
The complete conference program for download (PDF).