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UNPFII Side Event: Practical tools for engagement with the Convention -- 29 April

The side-event is titled, "Biodiversity and indigenous peoples: Practical tools for engagement with the Convention on Biological Diversity" and will take place on 29 April 2021 at 07:30 (EDT) Montreal time.

Around the world, indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) make essential contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recognizes these important contributions of traditional knowledge (Article 8j), customary sustainable use (Article 10c), exchange of information including its repatriation (Article 17), and technical and scientific cooperation, including indigenous and traditional technologies (Article 18.4). Furthermore, there is a growing interest of IPLCs to better utilize the standards and tools under the Convention to protect their sustainable practices.

The side event aims to launch one training manual for IPLCs and government representatives on the Convention on Biological Diversity and its work on traditional knowledge. The manual provides useful guidance on how IPLCs can engage in CBD processes internationally and nationally. The CBD has developed specific tools, voluntary guidelines and plans to support the integration of views, perspectives and interests of IPLCs. These tools guide the implementation of Article 8(j) and related provisions. This training manuals aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the scope of the Convention and its Protocols, introducing the different tools, guidelines and plans of particular relevance for IPLCs.

The side event also serves as an informal channel to update the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) members and participants on the current status of the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.



The event is being organized by the following organizations

  • The International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)
  • The Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network (IWBN)
  • Red de Mujeres Indígenas sobre biodiversidad (RMIB)
  • Sotz’il
  • the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)


Event Details

The event will take place on 29 April 2021 from 07:30 - 08:50 (EDT) Montreal time
Interpretation will be provided English and Spanish.

Click here to register, and for more information.

Side Event Flyer

Launch of: A Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Convention on Biological Diversity- Module 1

During Part II of the event, several training modules were launched. One of these was titled, "A Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Convention on Biological Diversity- Module 1". 

Upon completion of this manual, readers will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of the participation of IPLCs in the CBD processes,
  • and explain the CBD procedures associated with TK to your peers and community;
  • Understand and use concepts and processes established in the CBD and its Protocols;
  • Understand the mechanisms for IPLCs participation in CBD meetings;
  • Be able to highlight the contribution of IPLCs in achieving the goals of the CBD post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
  • Understand the monitoring tools for the implementation of the Convention.
Module 1 Cover


More information:

Traditional Knowledge Information Portal 

Article 8 (J)

A Training Manual for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on the Convention on Biological Diversity: Module 1



7.30 – 7.35
Welcome and moderation
Ms. Lucy Mulenkei
Executive Director, Indigenous Information Network (IIN)
Co-founder, IWBN
Co-chair, IIFB


7.35 – 7.45
Indigenous women and traditional knowledge
Ms. Florina Lopez
Coordinator, Red de Mujeres Indígenas sobre Biodiversidad (RMIB)

7.45 – 7.55
Access and benefit-sharing for indigenous peoples
Ms. Jennifer Tauli Corpuz
Global Policy and Advocacy Lead, Nia Tero

7.45 – 7.55
Indigenous Peoples and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework
Mr. Ramiro Batzin
Executive Director, Sotz’il
Co-chair, IIFB

7.55 – 8.10
Question and Answers


8.10 – 8.20
Mr. Q”apaj Conde
Associate Programme Management Officer
Peoples and Biodiversity Unit, SCBD

8.20 – 8.30
Ms. Joji Cariño
Senior Policy Adviser, Forest Peoples Programme

8.30 – 8.40
Ms. Irma Pineda
Member of the UNPFII

8.40 – 8.50
Question and Answers Period

Close of the side-event