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The American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation in collaboration with the Joint Programme between UNESCO and the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity invites you to be a part of the Dialogues for Collaborative Action on the Links Between Biological and Cultural Diversity.

The Dialogues are intended as a collaborative process between different stakeholders to foster exchange and collective impact to promote the links between biological and cultural dimensions of diversity and their role in achieving sustainable development.

A critical aspect of the Dialogues is connecting a range of actors engaged in biological and cultural diversity to form a series of different thematic ‘Action Groups’ across the globe. These groups can take many forms in structure and work process and will offer an interactive framework for collective thinking about future action, research, and policy recommendations to strengthen the integration and positive relationship between nature and culture.

The initiative presents a timely opportunity for a wide range of voices to provide inputs to key international policy processes. Initial outcomes of the Action Groups will be presented at a Nature-Culture Summit at the Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 14) in 2018. The final results will be synthesized into a report to inform consultations on the development of the CBD Post-2020 arrangements, which put nature and culture central to the mission of the Convention. 

We are looking for collaborators to form and lead Action Groups!

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The Dialogues will take place as a collaborative process in five stages:

  • Preparatory steering committee meeting: April 2017, New York, US
  • Action group meetings on key topics: 2017-2020, multiple locations
  • Synthesis of interim results and inputs for the consultations on the development of the CBD Post-2020 arrangements: Interim report to CBD COP 14, 10 - 22 November 2018, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
  • Synthesis of final results and outcomes: Final report to CBD COP 15, November 2020, China
  • Biocultural Summit: 2020 (TBD)
Download the Dialogues for Action Concept Note
Download the Dialogues for Action Flyer 

For more information, please contact Hellin Brink: hbrink@amnh.org