Director, Sustainable Development Departmen, Progressio Ecuador Foundation
Karen Noboa is an environmental biologist by profession with a Masters degree in Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation from the University of Greifswald (Germany). She worked for five years at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition in the Directorate of Biodiversity on issues related to wildlife management, environmental crimes with emphasis on biodiversity, and binational treaties to combat illegal wildlife trafficking with Ecuador and Peru. She currently works as Director of the Sustainable Development Department of the Progressio Ecuador Foundation where she develops, implements and monitors projects related to the sustainable development of rural and indigenous communities in the Coast, Highlands and Amazon of Ecuador. These projects focus on sustainable agriculture, food security, climate change, nature conservation, environmental crime, and circular economy with special emphasis on contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.
Session Organizer: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ).
Session Description: Food systems around the world are impacting the natural resources that are key to food security. They are also accentuating issues pertaining to nutrition, demonstrating the need for healthier diets derived from more sustainable food sources. A range of issues, including climate change and the pandemic highlight the urgency of food system resilience in relation to sustainable development goals. This panel will bring academic, community and international organizations together to discuss urban food security and food sovereignty challenges and strategies to improve health and environmental outcomes in fairer and more equitable ways, with a focus on enhancing resilience of communities