FAO Forestry Department is organizing Special event "Bio-based Packaging: a Green Food Saver" in collaboration with International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA), Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and other partners. The meeting will be held on 9th May 2014 at Interpack 2014 (Messe Düsseldorf). Attendance is free of charge to all delegates to Interpack - from the packaging and food industries, NGOs, consumer groups, technical and design experts, and governments.
VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) will present a "White Paper" and raise the key issues for discussing e.g. technical, environmental and sustainable development frameworks. This event is paving the way for raising attention on international forums, and work towards an FAO-led public-private sector Coalition which will work on further advancement of bio-based food packaging towards Milan Expo 2015 (one year from now). Milan Expo 2015 will be the main venue for launching the Coalition on Bio-based Packaging: a Green Food Saver.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the united Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (three Rome-based agencies dealing with agriculture, food and nutrition) have recently emphasized the high importance of avoiding food loss and waste in meeting future food security targets. "We want to strengthen the delivery mechanisms into this work by greening the packaging chains with renewable and sustainable packaging solutions." states Mr. Jukka Tissari (Forestry Officer at FAO).
The FAO-VTT white paper on Bio-based packaging will be presented in the meeting on 9th May at Interpack 2014. The full programme of the special event will be announced in coming weeks. Combined with the presentations by experts and decision makers from the food and packaging value chains there will be two panel discussions as shown below. Please follow the www.foresttech.fi for further information on the programme and practicalities.
Panel Discussion I: Food value chain members debate on future importance of bio-packaging as a green food-saver
What are the key benefits of using bio-based packaging in food chain?
What are direct / indirect impacts on natural resources and sustainable development?
Panel Discussion II: International coalition for saving food and natural resources with bio-based packaging
How can stakeholders find common targets to work together?
How to balance btw. business interests, CSR, common goods, and the post-2015 Sustainability Development Goals?
What is the rationale and Roadmap for a Coalition-building, where is the funding?
Mr. Tuomas Mustonen
Vice President – Customer Solutions
Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment
Mr. Jukka Tissari
Forestry Officer (Trade and Markets)