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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”
- 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
- 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.