Action Groups

A critical aspect of the Dialogues for Action is connecting a range of actors engaged in biological and cultural diversity to form a series of different thematic ‘Action Groups’ across the globe. 

The Action Groups are intended to bring the Dialogues to diverse locations and stakeholders across multiple regions, including in conjunction with existing meetings or initiatives on biological and cultural diversity. As such, the Dialogues will foster collaboration and strengthen collective impact among people or organizations interested in connecting with a broader network.

The initiative presents a timely opportunity for a wide range of voices to provide inputs to key international policy processes. Key insights from the Action Groups will be synthesized into a report to inform consultations on the development of the Post-2020 arrangements for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which put nature and culture central to the mission of the Convention.

Lead an Action Group!

Any individuals, organizations, or groups engaged with nature and culture are invited to form and lead an Action Group as part of the Dialogues.

  • Groups can vary in size, format and work process (e.g. as a single meeting or ongoing discussions in person or online) 
  • Groups can be organized locally, regionally, or coinciding with other events on nature. 
  • Participants will be defined by the Action Group leads. To the greatest extent possible, we strongly encourage participation of diverse stakeholders, including Indigenous and local communities, researchers, policymakers, and conservation professionals.

What topics can a group address?

Depending on participant priorities and interests, Action Groups can be formed to address a range of topics contributing to the objectives of the Dialogues. However, special focus should be given to practical outcomes contributing to understandings of policy/management implications of the links between biological and cultural diversity.

Groups have already formed around the following topics:

  • How to synthesize and harmonize across efforts to design inclusive, indicators of biocultural wellbeing.
  • How emerging regimes on nature rights intersect with human rights.
  • Multiple knowledge systems, indigenous knowledge-science, and decision making.
  • How existing systems of governance can be more inclusive of nature-culture linkages.

What are the objectives and desired outcomes?

The Action Group leads will define the specific objectives and desired outcomes. However, outcomes should link to the overarching Dialogue objectives, which include:

  • Provide an opportunity for collective learning, exchange, and co-creation of knowledge on the meaning, value, and policy and management implications of the links between biological and cultural diversity.
  • Develop policy recommendations to promote resilient communities and strengthen the links between biological and cultural diversity; including key insights to inform consultations on the development of the CBD Post-2020 arrangements, and implementation of international agreements, such as UNESCO’s Conventions on culture and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Foster an international network for continued dialogue and collaboration.

If you’re interested in leading an Action Group, please contact Hellin Brink ( for more information!