The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Pathways Consortium met for its 4th Consortium Meeting from 4 to 7 June 2019 at the SDG Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (SDG Center for LAC) in Bogota, Colombia. More than 50 participants from the FABLE Secretariat (composed of SDSN, IIASA, and EAT), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the Food and Land Use Coalition, and 14 FABLE country/regional teams worked on advancing the high-level technical analysis of FABLE which will feed into FABLE’s first report which will be published in July.

FABLE Consortium meeting participants (4-7 June 2019 in Bogota). Photo: courtesy of the Centro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible para América Latina y el Caribe (CODS)

The FABLE Consortium had the great honor to count Ana Maria Hernandez, Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), amongst its participants. IPBES provides policy relevant knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform decision making. Ana Maria highlighted that nature can be conserved, restored and used sustainably while simultaneously meeting other global societal goals through sustainable pathways fostering transformative change. In addition, she invited FABLE to be part of the IPBES national assessments leveraging FABLE’s integrated analysis and link to the SDGs.

In addition, taking advantage of the geographical location of the meeting and of the expertise of our host institution, the SDG Center for LAC, a policy dialogue on Colombia was organized bringing together governmental representatives from the National Planning Department, the Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry, and the Agriculture and Sustainable Development Ministry as well as from Colombia’s Agricultural Association, and from FOLU Colombia. The speakers discussed Colombia’s most important public policy challenges for the consolidation of sustainable agricultural systems and how FABLE’s technical analysis and FOLU’s complementary activities could contribute to Colombian decision-making around these topics.


In late 2017, SDSN and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) launched the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use and Energy (FABLE) Pathways Consortium to bring together leading research institutions forming more than 20 country and regional teams. Members of the consortium collaborate to develop integrated long-term pathways towards sustainable land-use and food systems consistent with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. The FABLE analyses will also assess international spillover effects to ensure that national pathways are consistent with global objectives. The FABLE Consortium is also part of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU).