Bio-Cultural Diversity and Indigenous Peoples Journey

Bio-Cultural Diversity and Indigenous Peoples Journey - Colour

Contribute to the discussion about why bio-cultural diversity is a crucial component of a sustainable future, and help guide and support action of the conservation community and partners for implementing a bio-cultural approach to conservation!

There is growing recognition that the diversity of human cultures, with its wealth of knowledge, practices, beliefs, worldviews, values and forms of social organization, is a fundamental component of sustainability. Cultural and biological diversity are deeply linked, and their interactions contribute to the resilience and health of our planet. However, effective integration of biological and cultural diversity in conservation and development approaches and actions still faces many challenges.

About 60 events of the World Conservation Forum address bio-cultural diversity, either in a broad sense or by focusing on the specific case of indigenous peoples. Being a cross-cutting topic, the journey takes us through the three Forum thematic streams and comprises a variety of event formats – workshops, discussions at knowledge cafés, a sustainability dialogue, conservation cinemas, learning opportunities, and field trips. The approaches will range from concrete examples from the field in all regions of the world to global policy issues, addressed by recognized leaders and experts.

You are warmly invited to come and discuss:

  • How do we sustain cultural and biological diversity together in a rapidly changing world?
  • What can be learned from indigenous peoples and traditional communities and how can they be empowered to maintain their cultures?
  • How can traditional knowledge and practices be better included in climate change mitigation and adaptation?
  • How can indigenous peoples benefit from climate science and modelling to develop more effective adaptation strategies in the face of unprecedented change?
  • Is it possible to achieve human wellbeing and economic and social development for all, and at the same time conserve biological and cultural diversity? Are there win-win scenarios, what is the magnitude and nature of trade-offs, and what should the priorities be in making these decisions? 
  • How to replicate, scale-up and mainstream innovative solutions for a diverse and sustainable world and how to create enabling conditions for sustainable and equitable alternatives to flourish?
  • Can faiths and spiritual traditions of the world engage more deeply in safeguarding life on earth?

Join the Journey on Bio-Cultural Diversity and Indigenous Peoples, explore the deep link between a bio-culturally diverse world and a sustainable future, share your experience and take the opportunity to engage in discussions and networks to shape further actions!

We look forward to seeing you at the diverse events listed in the Journey Map, and in the Futures Pavilion. 

Gonzalo Oviedo

Journey guides

Journey Organizer
Gonzalo Oviedo
Senior Advisor for Social Policy
Fon +41 22 999 0287

Annelie Fincke

Contact for Journey Guidance
Annelie Fincke

Junior Professional Associate, Social Policy
Fon +41 22 999 0161

IUCN would like to thank for the support of The Christensen Fund, IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, and the Ministerio Español de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino, and for the collaboration of all institutions and individuals organizing the journey events.


© IUCN / Julián Orozco Badilla: Girls in Lachúa, Guatemala

© IUCN / Julián Orozco Badilla: Girls in Lachúa, Guatemala

Photo: IUCN / Julián Orozco Badilla

NEW: BCD-IP Journey Report!
  • Journey report cover

    Journey report cover

    Photo: IUCN

Report on Indigenous Peoples at the 4th World Conservation Congress
  • Indigenous Peoples at WCC4

    Indigenous Peoples at WCC4

    Photo: IUCN

BCD-IP journey brochure
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