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Seminar on Nature Conservation in German Development Cooperation at the International Academy for Nature Conservation

Objectives

  • Raise awareness for the significance of biodiversity for the provision of ecosystem services – hence: for human wellbeing
  • Convey new concepts, instruments and trends of conservation and development cooperation
  • Analyse the opportunities provided by the CBD and its Strategic Plan as the policy framework for German development cooperation in the area of biodiversity conservation
  • Offer a forum for the exchange of experiences.

Contents

These topics will be addressed by inputs, case studies, group work and discussions:

  • Relevance of biodiversity conservation for sustainable development
  • New directions arising from the CBD, its Strategic Plan and the SDGs
  • Current trends in German development cooperation with regard to biodiversity conservation
  • Balancing conservation and development interests: a critical review of approaches and achievements
  • Conservation in land- and seascapes: concepts, current issues and developments
  • Financing biodiversity conservation
  • Biotrade: maximising benefits for conservation and development (tbc)
  • Ecosystems-based adaptation (tbc)

A field trip will take place in the middle of the seminar.

For whom is the seminar?

The seminar is aimed at practitioners at the interface of development cooperation and biodiversity conservation (GIZ, KfW, BMZ, BMUB, consulting companies, foundations, NGOs, uni-versities, partner organisations).

The number of participants for the 1st seminar is limited to 20, for the 2nd seminar to 25.

Registration

Please register online.

You’ll also have to send a completed form to martina.finger@bfn.de. Otherwise, your registration cannot be considered.

Participants will be chosen based on a number of criteria, such as:

Regional and institutional balance

  • Participation in previous seminars
  • Motivation and relevance to work context
  • Ability to contribute actively

Deadline for online registration and submitting of application form: 31 March 2018
For questions, please, contact Martina Finger (martina.finger@bfn.de)
Confirmations will be sent out by 30 April 2018

About the series of seminars on nature conservation in development cooperation

The series has been held at the International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm since 1999. It is jointly organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), KfW Development Bank and the International Academy for Nature Conservation, Isle of Vilm, of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

The first seminar “Biodiversity conservation for human well-being” presents an overview and update of the most relevant concepts. Based on a combination of practical examples, tools and trends in biodiversity conservation for human well-being and development, it provides a good platform for exchanging experiences. The second seminar is devoted to the in-depth consideration of a specific topic identified as of particular interest. Based on feedback from last year’s participants and on-going discussions in international biodiversity policy fora, the topic “Human rights and equity in biodiversity conservation” was chosen for 2018.

The language of both seminars will be English.

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