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Indigenous and local knowledge in biodiversity assessments: from local to global

Event type: Task force
Wednesday, 04 May, 2022

2pm – 3.30pm Paris-Geneva time (CEST) // 8am – 9.30am New York time (EDT) // 8pm – 9.30pm Manilla time (PHST)

In English, French and Spanish

Video, slides, agenda and participants list are available here 


This webinar was organised as a side event to the 21st session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). It discussed the different ways in which indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) can work with biodiversity assessments at global, regional, national and local levels, by exploring the work of IPBES, the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) initiative, and the Network of the Centres of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge. It highlighted avenues for enhanced participation by IPLCs. The side event also reflected on how this work can influence policy and decision-making processes at different scales, such as the development of the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and other national biodiversity-related policies. It also reflected on community-based research and monitoring, and how this can support, and in turn be supported by, biodiversity assessments. 

The webinar was organized by IPBES, BES-Net and the Centres of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge, with support from UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP WCMC and the NEA Initiative