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Thought Leaders Deep Dive Series

As IUCN’s lead for Aichi Target 1, the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) hold Deep Dive events as part of the concerted efforts to assist the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in achieving the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Aichi Target 1 states, “By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.” 

The Deep Dive series dates back to 2006, when the first meeting of its kind was hosted by CEC and held at IUCN under the theme of ‘Exploring Deep Change Processes.’ Born out of the need to more clearly define the steps needed to bring into fruition conformity with sustainability values, these meetings aim to draw on the expertise of the CEC and professionals in other relevant fields. The hope is that the CEC Deep Dive series will grow into an interactive platform for facilitating innovative brainstorming sessions amongst global conservation leaders.

Deep Dive 2015: Inspiring a New Generation

The point of departure of this Deep Dive series is the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC).

Reaching out to people, engaging them to care about nature is essential to achieving our global targets for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. It is a clear message of our discussion with three leaders – CEC, WPCA and Parks Canada – in the implementation of the Promise of Sydney through the objectives of Stream 8 of WPC 2014, on “Inspiring a New Generation”.

The document, Solutions for Inspiring a New Generation summarizes key themes that emerged from the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) stream Inspiring a New Generation (ING). These themes are the foundation of a framework for action by protected area agencies, young people, and their partners to help to secure a future in which millions more people around the world experience and connect with nature and take action that supports its conservation. 

Deep Dive 2014: Human Dimensions of Biodiversity

The point of departure of this Deep Dive series is the background paper Managing Biodiversity is About People: The Role of Social Sciences in Achieving the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets.

The thesis of this paper is that managing biodiversity is about people. It is about the ways in which they claim, use, and value natural resources. How people claim, use, and value those natural resources is manifested in their individual statements and value articulations, in the institutions they create, and in their behaviour as individuals, collectives and organisations under the political ecology of power and power relations. This interplay between ecological systems and human behaviours, values, and institutions has created a deeply complex ‘socio-ecological reality’ that characterises our current situation. 

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