On 17 November 2015, FTA and China WTO Tribune jointly held a seminar under the title ‘Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Development’ to further improve the decision makers’ awareness of biodiversity protection and enhance their practices in China with reference to UN and European and national guidance.
Speakers included representatives from the government and the business sector, who offered an update on the current issues discussed at the CBD Business & Biodiversity Forum 2015 held in Helsinki on 11-12 November, and advised on the latest China policy of biodiversity for sustainable development. Attendees also learned different approaches to set up a biodiversity management system within a company and useful information disclosure tools through the sharing of various business cases.
Joyce Chau, FTA China Representative, provided the audience with an update of EU’s biodiversity strategy and presented BEPI as an example of how the initiative may help small and medium enterprises to excel in their environmental performance and work with their European partners to protect biodiversity.
To wrap up the workshop, a panel discussion was held to explore the ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’, where the importance of business sectors to work across supply chains to address the challenges and reap the opportunities was underscored.
Around 40 business representatives including FTA members, producers and other stakeholders attended the seminar, in which participating companies received a certificate to recognise their involvement and support in the seminar.