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Nature-based Climate Solutions Seminar: Dr. Ermias Kebreab, "Integrating Nature-Based Solutions in the Food System for Climate Mitigation"

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Please join us for a special seminar presented by Ermias Kebreab, Ph.D. The seminar will help build the research community in Nature-Based Climate Solutions in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.


Ermias Kebreab, Ph.D.


Associate Dean for Global Engagement, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Director, World Food Center

UC Davis

Tuesday, February 13

2:00 – 3:30 PM

Hartley Conference Room



Integrating Nature-Based Solutions in the Food System for Climate Mitigation


The growing urgency of climate change necessitates innovative and sustainable approaches in key sectors, particularly our food system. It's essential to systematically explore how nature-based solutions can be integrated as a strategic response to this challenge. Presently, we are exceeding planetary boundaries for several key environmental factors, highlighting the dire need for sustainable changes in food production and distribution. Significantly, the agricultural sector, especially methane emissions from livestock, contributes to global greenhouse gas emissions. Although animal-based foods have a larger environmental footprint, a nuanced understanding of the entire food system is crucial for addressing these challenges effectively. Various interventions and innovations are being developed to reduce methane emissions and enhance agricultural practices. Targeting nature-based solutions is vital, especially in low-income countries where balancing increased food production with environmental conservation is challenging. Evaluating the effectiveness of these interventions through life cycle assessments offers a comprehensive understanding of their environmental impacts and benefits. By aligning agricultural practices with the goals of the Paris Agreement, we can demonstrate the transformative power of nature-based solutions in steering the global food system towards a more sustainable and climate-resilient future.