UN Biodiversity Talks

Wednesday, October 2, 2013toFriday, October 18, 2013
PHI Centre & McGill University, CA, CA

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is hosting, from 2-18 October 2013 in Montreal, three major United Nations meetings on biodiversity.

In conjunction with these meetings, experts from Montreal and around the world will give a series of talks on the role business, science and traditional knowledge play in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Business & Biodiversity (3 October 2013, Concordia University, 19h-21:30, MB10. 121 - John Molson School of Business)

Businesses are at the “sharp end” of ecological impacts, as they are directly or indirectly involved with extracting, growing or otherwise producing and processing items modern economies depend on. Today, a good track record in sustainable management and policy is crucial for any business to maintain good standing with increasingly critical consumers and may also be a requirement for managing risk and creating opportunities.

Traditional Knowledge & Biodiversity (8 October 2013, HEC Montreal, 19h-22:00, Amphithéâtre Lévis – Decelles Building)

Traditional Knowledge refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities developed from experience gained over the centuries and adapted to the local culture and environment. Today, there is a growing appreciation of the value of traditional practices as models for policy and practice related to conserving and sustainably using biodiversity.

Science & Biodiversity (15 October 2013, McGill University, 19h-21:30, Redpath Museum)

Science shows that solutions can be found in healthy ecosystems. It unveils innovative technologies such as biosynthetics and biotechnology, informs important concepts such as Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS), and provides new perspectives on unresolved issues, such as the ecosystem approach to eradicate Invasive Alien Species (IAS). Newly discovered genetic resources hold the answers to humankind’s ailments and needs.

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