Workshops on Multiple Values and Biocultural diversity

© UNESCO/J.Chaves-Chaparro
Oaxaca biodiverse flora

UNESCO, has participated and co-sponsored two parallel workshops in Oaxaca ( Mexico) from 7-13 November 2017 co-organized by the IPBES Technical support Unit on Values within the framework of the Second Conference of Future Earth Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS-II).

Within the MOEJ-UNESCO support to the implementation of the 2004-2008 IPBES work , UNESCO had supported one international experts meeting in 2016 in coordination with the IPBES Multiple Experts Panel to promote the adoption of multiple values and valuations of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) within the IPBES work ( deliverable 3d) . The scoping report produced was adopted by IPBES 5 in Bonn 2017 and has finally lead to the plenary ( Medellin 2018) approval of methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits, including biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services.

In this line, UNESCO is part of a one year Future Earth project called EQUIVAL, coordinated by some researchers from the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel Members(1) and the TSU on values, aiming at mainstreaming a pluralistic approaches on values and valuation in biodiversity for researchers and policy makers in the Global South. EQUIVAL will create of a community of practice to support the practical application of the multiple values and equity in research and policy-making. UNESCO participated in the Kick off meeting on the 11th of November 2017 followed by the Workshop on Multiple Values and Valuations on the 12th November to develop the work plan and methodology of the project. The idea is to develop a database of research and cooperation projects using this approach to show case good practices by regions. Their analysis will serve as basis to define a tool to include multiple values in development projects and policy briefs to support its dissemination. The kick off meeting was attended by main project partners including LAC researchers, Future Earth Secretariat, GIZ and CGIAR experts. UNESCO supported the participation of experts from Nigeria, Ethiopia and India as to increase representation from Africa and Asia regions that were not well represented.

On the 12-13 November, the Multi-actor dialogue on bio cultural diversity and resilience organized by the University of Veracruz ( Mexico) and facilitated by experts from the IPBES Task force on Indigenous Knowledge. It adopted the Declaration of Ixtlan on Biocultural diversity and socio ecologic resilience (EN - FR). The participants of the workshop, belonging to indigenous communities, academic and governmental institutions as well as civil society including students, artists and local leaders from different countries, co-produced eight strategies for the protection and representation of Indigenous peoples and their culture. They also highlighted the importance of biocultural diversity and the dialogue among knowledge systems by promoting the “horizontal processes of participatory collaboration and research and joint construction of knowledge, based on ethical agreements around shared objectives and applying transdisciplinary and intercultural approaches.”

These two workshops have been co-sponsored through the generous support of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan through the extra budgetary project in support of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) work programme 2014-2018 that ended in March 2018.

For more information, kindly contact the project officer Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro at the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO.

(1) Pascual U. (2014) Social equity matters in payment for ecosystem services- Bioscience 64.

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