The World Biodiversity Forum 2020 will take place February 23 – 29 at the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland. The Forum will provide a platform for exchange, covering a wide range of perspectives, and capturing a diversity of visions. With this, it aims to redefine and set the agenda for biodiversity as a focal point over the next 10 years in current themes and topics across sectors. The aim of the conference is to explore the future of biodiversity.
This first of its kind Forum will bring together leading researchers, early career researchers, practitioners, representatives from different sectors, decision-makers and societal actors to have a conversation on the kind of future we want (and/or do not want) for biodiversity. The Forum will provide a platform for exchange, covering a wide range of perspectives, and capturing a diversity of visions. With this, it aims to redefine and set the agenda for biodiversity as a focal point over the next 10 years in current themes and topics across sectors.
The Forum supports the “New Deal for Nature” to be forged by the Convention on Biological Diversity at the end of 2020. It is aligned with Sustainable Development Goals and achievement of which will require the involvement of all sectors/societal actors, societal consensus and collective search for solutions to conserve biodiversity.
1. Changing Biodiversity – illustrate the response of biodiversity and ecosystem function to environmental change, explore the impacts of (anthropogenic) drivers of change and their interactions and feedbacks with ecosystems.
2. Values and Concepts – examine the role of humans and human agencies in the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity, and explore what it takes and means for humans to conserve biodiversity.
3. Future of Biodiversity – what are the pathways to desirable futures, which actors need to be involved, and what commitments are required?
4. Making an impact – highlighting the relevance and importance of biodiversity for human well-being, adding value to biodiversity knowledge by making it useful and used, facilitating the implementation of knowledge.
There will be a wide range of sessions and workshops. Sessions provide the platform to discuss topics of interest in an in-depth manner. This includes traditional scientific sessions, as well as panel and round table discussion involving invited participants. The workshops are interactive and require the active participation of the audience. They foster networking, facilitate interaction and contribute to skills development.
The Forum is organized by the international research network bioDISCOVERY, and the University of Zurich Research Priority Programme Global Change and Biodiversity.