Aim of the conference
The inaugural World Biodiversity Forum will bring together leading researchers, early career researchers, practitioners, representatives from different sectors, decision-makers and societal actors to have a conversation on the kind of future we want (and/or do not want) for biodiversity.
The Forum will provide a platform for exchange, covering a wide range of perspectives, and capturing a diversity of visions. With this, it aims to redefine and set the agenda for biodiversity as a focal point over the next 10 years in current themes and topics across sectors.
In this, the Forum supports the “New Deal for Nature” to be forged by the Convention on Biological Diversity at the end of 2020. It is ligned with Sustainable Development Goals and achievement of which will require the involvement of all sectors/societal actors, societal consensus and collective search for solutions to conserve biodiversity.
Main themes of the conference
Changing Biodiversity - illustrate the response of biodiversity and ecosystem function to environmental change, explore the impacts of (anthropogenic) drivers of change and their interactions and feedbacks with ecosystems.
Values and Concepts - examine the role of humans and human agencies in the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity, and explore what does it takes and means for humans to conserve biodiversity.
Future of Biodiversity - what are the pathways to desirable futures, which actors need to be involved, and what commitments are required?
Making an impact - highlighting the relevance and importance of biodiversity for human well-being, adding value biodiversity knowledge by making it useful and used, facilitating the implementation of knowledge.
The conference is preceded by a Science - Society – Policy Dialogue, which brings together a wide range of actors from different sectors. The dialogue will see a variety of formats to facility interaction and exchange, from bilateral face-to-face meetings, small discussion groups, workshops, panel discussions with question-answer session and presentations.
To open the event to the broader public, we also envisage panel discussions and lectures open to all interested.
Planned output of the conference
A statement, recognising the existential and economic importance of biodiversity and ecosystem function as the basis of human existence, and the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems to achieve sustainability, charting the way forward to achieve a “New Deal for Nature”.
Workshop and session organisers are encouraged to develop outputs such as special journal issues or policy briefs relating to the aim of the conference.