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Nature and Culture Summit - 11 and 12 december 2022 - COP 15

A Global Dialogue on Strengthening the Links between Nature and Cultures to Achieve a Sustainable and Ecological Civilisation
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The Nature and Culture Summit 2022 is a major parallel event at Part Two of the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15.2), to reflect on the diverse values of nature, articulate the links between biological and cultural diversity, and to share experiences on how to restore and strengthen those links in support of the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.


The 2022 Summit is the fourth edition of this global forum on biocultural diversity, building on the previous global conferences: the International Conference on Cultural and Biological Diversity for Development (2010), the Múuch'tambal Summit on Nature and Culture (2016), and the Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration on Nature and Culture (2018), as well as the regional Conferences: European Conference for the Implementation of the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on Biological and Cultural Diversity (2014), Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity (2016), and North American Dialogue on Biocultural Diversity (2019).

The relationship between nature and culture is vibrant. Culture is deeply intertwined with the natural world. Nature has shaped culture and heritage, identity, creativity and linguistic diversity. Culture in turn shapes how people perceive, use and manage nature, which can enhance biological diversity or at times deplete it. Every society has its own unique customs and beliefs, often shaped by the local environment. In many cases, traditional ways of life are closely linked to the land, plants, and animals. The values, ideas, and practices linked with culture and nature allow humans to interact with one another and make sense of the natural world around them. As such, culture can be seen as both a product of nature and a force that shapes our relationship with the natural world.

 

 

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1. PURPOSE

The aim of the Nature and Culture Summit is to generate new pathways for intercultural, intergenerational and international cooperation to integrate nature and culture in the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, towards the shared vision of living in harmony with nature.

At COP15, the global community will renew its commitment with the next phase of the Joint Programme of Work on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity. The Summit is an opportunity to engage in the new elements of the Joint Programme of Work, by providing insight on the role of biocultural diversity in conservation, sustainable use, traditional knowledge, indigenous languages, and others.

 

2. ADDRESSING CULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY THROUGH GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP

At this critical moment in the relationship between humanity and nature, the Nature and Culture Summit provides a platform to set a fresh agenda anchored in humanity’s diverse values, cultures and landscapes. The Summit brings strong commitments, tasks and elements related to the Joint Program of Work on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity, to the attention of the international community and decision-makers.

Indigenous peoples and local communities are champions of biodiversity protection through their cultural practices. Their extensive and complex systems of knowledge, values and world views are central to their cultural identity; at the global level, these are important as they position indigenous cultures as leaders in protecting nature.

 

3. OUTCOMES

  • Identifying potential priorities and ways of cooperation to support the anticipated new phase of the Joint Programme of Work on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity.
  • The Declaration on Nature and Culture, will be developed and adopted by the participants, on the relationship between nature and culture to enhance the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

 

4. PROGRAMME

11-12 December 2022
 Montreal Convention Centre (Palais des Congrès de Montréal)
Party representatives, indigenous peoples and local communities, women, youth, international organizations, and civil society representatives
  secretariat@cbd.int
 

DAY 1 - 11 DECEMBER 2022

 

  8:00 - 9:00: Registration

 

  9:00 - 10:45


Opening Ceremony


 
[9:20-10:45] Opening session

  [10:20-10:25] Introduction of the Rapporteur Team

  [10:25 - 10:45] Indigenous cultural presentation (tbc)

 

  10:45 - 13:00

 

High-Level Panel: Strengthening the Links between Nature and Culture towards the achievement of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

The High-Level Panel will reflect the connections of nature and culture, and how these linkages can support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

 

  13:00 - 14:30 LUNCH

 

  14:30 - 16:00


Roundtable 1: The New Joint Programme of Work on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity

COP-15 aims to renew its commitment with the Joint Programme of work on the links between biological and cultural diversity in view of supporting the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. This roundtable will focus on options how the new phase of the Joint Programme can enhance policies and practices in conservation of nature and culture, and sustainable use of landscapes and seascapes, including by the utilization of traditional knowledge.

 

  16:00 - 17:30


Roundtable 2: Respecting and Conserving Linguistic Diversity and Traditional Knowledge Systems in Biodiversity Conservation

This interactive and multilingual round table will focus on the centrality of conserving linguistic and knowledge diversity as fundamental to nature conservation, gaps in implementation through the lack of consideration of linguistic diversity and connect the new Joint Programme to the International Decade of Indigenous Languages.

 

DAY 2 - 12 DECEMBER 2022

 

   9:15-10:15 Indigenous cultural presentation

 

  9:30 - 11:30


Roundtable 3: Actions on science and knowledge dialogue, and biocultural indicators

This roundtable showcases experiences on different  knowledge systems and the need for knowledge dialogues and co-production to promote knowledge transmission and exchange for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. This discussion includes updated information on the operationalization of the existing indicators as well as those developed in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
 

  11:30 - 13:00


Roundtable 4: New Approaches to Communication, Education and Public Awareness

This roundtable focuses on inspirational action to raise awareness across all sectors on the interlinkages between nature and culture, and explores the role of education to enhance and protect biological and cultural diversity.

 

   13:00 - 15:30 LUNCH

 

  15:30 - 16:00


Declaration on Nature and Culture
Presentation of conclusions and next steps forward

 

 

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5. PRE-REGISTRATION

Pre-registration to the Nature and Culture Summit is limited to participants already attending the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity COP-15 (Part Two) (7 - 19 December 2022 - Montreal, Canada.). If you are pre-registered for COP-15 and would like to attend the Nature and Culture Summit, additional, specific registration for this Summit is required.

Please use the link below, providing us with your details. Completion of this form does not automatically imply that you are pre-registered to attend the event.  As space is limited, we will be confirming the pre-registration to the event on a first come, first serve basis. The Summit will also be broadcast, you may request a viewer link by completing the form.

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6. PARTNERS


CO-ORGANIZERS

 

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Ministry for Ecology and Environment - the People's Republic of China
english.mee.gov.cn

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
unesco.org/en/biodiversity/commitment

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
iucn.org

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)
cbd.int

International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIBF)
iifb-indigenous.org

 

 

OTHER PARTNERS (tbc)

 

 

 

7. SPEAKERS (TBC)

 

 

8. VENUE AND CONTACT

 

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 1001, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montréal (Québec) H2Z 1H2, Canada
  congresmtl.com/en/

Public transportation in Montreal
www.stm.info/en

Neighborhood map

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For additional information, please contact the CBD Secretariat: secretariat@cbd.int

 

 

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