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The Action Group aims to inspire action and promote dialogue, exchange, and co-creation of knowledge among different stakeholders regarding the linkages between nature and culture. Our efforts will connect a broad range of people involved with management and protection of nature and culture (including indigenous peoples and local community members, policymakers, researchers, and conservation professionals) for collective thinking about future action, research directions, and policy recommendations to promote and strengthen the links between biological and cultural diversity.

Our group will meet in-person on April 21-22, 2018 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The April meeting, which takes place over the middle weekend of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), will engage participants in a cross-cutting exploration of knowledge and wellbeing themes across multiple regions.

We are specifically interested in better understanding how to synthesize and harmonize across efforts to design indicators that encompass both biological and cultural wellbeing. There is a critical need to support place-based, culturally relevant indicators for managing and monitoring resources and planning for the future at the local scale. In addition, collaboration between local and international indicator initiatives can synergize cross-scale planning and evidence-based implementation for sustainability.

We are also interested in exploring how our group’s work may interface with global initiatives including the IPBES Global Assessment, the UNPFII, and the Nature-Culture Summit at the 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity which aims to deliver key insights to inform the discussions on the post-2020 framework of the Convention.

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