OceanCanada director Rashid Sumaila to speak at 3rd Biodiversity for Science Forum, Cancun, Mexico

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Mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being: Contributions from Science


CANCUN, MEXICO 1st and 2nd December 2016


The forum aims to be a meeting place to share knowledge, approaches and solutions, among scientists, policy – makers, and the civil society for mainstreaming biodiversity especially focusing on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism.

“There can be no separation between development and environment, as they are co-dependent. Healthy ecosystems are essential to secure human health, food, energy and water, and ultimately sustainable development”

(GEF 2012)




  • To discuss and share biodiversity mainstreaming challenges and solutions, with a focus on agriculture, fisheries, forests, and tourism, based on current scientific findings, approaches and the experiences of stakeholders, including COP 13 delegates.
  • To open the dialogue to enhance the technical and scientific cooperation for the replication of best practices and capacity-building on mainstreaming.
  • To provide an open space for debate on science and research among scientists and policy – makers, and alerting scientists on how to communicate to policy-makers and the civil society and scientists to policy and society needs.


Main themes of the Forum


Under the overarching theme of “Mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being: Contributions from Science to Policy” the Forum will provide opportunity for dialogue:


  • Challenging conceptual discussions and realities on sustainability and mainstreaming biodiversity in selected sectors;
  • Showcasing success stories on selected topics related to mainstreaming biodiversity and the role of science, different types of knowledge and approaches in these case studies, and their possibility of replication;
  • Improve the understanding on the strengths, limitations and the use of decision-support tools such as scenarios, modeling, data, combined social- and ecosystem approach, and on how best to communicate best practices.


Mainstreaming biodiversity for human well-being


Mainstreaming biodiversity refers to the integration, as far as possible, of the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity into relevant sectoral and all cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies




  • Resilience-sustainability (cc & bd)
  • Integrated approaches across the Landscape
  • Biodiversity, ecosystem functions & e. services



  • Health
  • Climate change
  • Access & benefit sharing (ABS)


Who should attend?


  • Policy-maker delegates from different countries and regions in the world, willing to exchange their views with scientists;
  • Scientists with various backgrounds, biodiversity experts, willing to have a dialogue with practitioners and policy-makers;
  • Consortium of Scientific Partners of CBD representatives,
  • NGO´s, practitioners, students and scientists involved in initiatives for mainstreaming biodiversity, to present their cases and key lessons learned;

How to participate?


  • To foster participation of and civil society, including youth and indigenous people, policy-makers and the wider scientific and academic community, all of which are mainstreaming practitioners, the forum opens the possibility to participate through the poster session.
  • It is open to all of those whose experiences, tools, approaches and cases, on how science and other types of knowledge can contribute to show how to implement mainstreaming successfully, in a collaborative way, and what the remaining challenges are.