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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity - Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society

27-31 May 2013, Trondheim, Norway
 
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Highlights for Monday, 27 May 2013

Seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

On Monday, the Trondheim Biodiversity Conference opened with a performance by Trondheim-based acapella group Apes & Babes. The opening session featured statements by: Bård Vegar Solhjell, Norway’s Minister of the Environment; Rita Ottervik, Mayor of Trondheim; and Jayanthi Natarajan, India’s Minister of Environment and Forests and President of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

During a session on Trondheim+20 perspectives, Bård Vegar Solhjel set the stage for the Conference, noting, among other issues, the need for improved knowledge as key to making better decisions and a step-wise approach to the valuation of natural capital. Professor Abdul H. Zakri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), presented on ecology and human well-being, stressing the need to ensure the Aichi targets are fully taken into account during discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, and to develop a vision going beyond gross domestic product (GDP). Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary General and Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), presented on ecology in the post-2015 development agenda and proposed a series of actions in order to mainstream biodiversity concerns into the development agenda.

Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, presented on ecology and economy in food security. He highlighted food production systems’ pervasive impact on the environment, concluding that they are essential components of a transition toward a more sustainable future. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, presented on the Strategic Goal A of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 (addressing the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society). Peter Gilruth, Director, Division of Early Warning and Assessment, UNEP, on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, presented on the interplay between ecology, economy and society, and recalled successful stories on sustainable development.

The afternoon session was co-chaired by Tone Solhaug, Norway’s Ministry of Environment, and Ivar Baste, Norway’s Directorate for Nature Management.

Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD, presented on bridging economic and ecologic policies for a sustainable society. He identified four priorities for action: reforming or removing environmentally harmful subsidies; scaling up private sector engagement; improving data, metrics and indicators; and mainstreaming and integrating biodiversity into other policy areas and sectors of the economy. Prasad Menon, Chairman of Tata quality management services, Tata Group, presented on the alignment between public and private sectors for sustainability, including three case studies illustrating the use of education for environmental conservation. Peter Schei, Trondheim Conference founder, presented on the history, challenges and future of the Trondheim Conferences on Biodiversity. Pavan Sukhdev, Founder and CEO, GIST Advisory, discussed alignments of public policies and business strategies across sectors and scales, calling for global collaborative networks.

A panel moderated by Peter Schei then discussed participants’ questions on the day’s presentations.


"Apes & Babes", a Norwegian acapella group performing during the opening session of the
7th Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity.
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Opening Session
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"Apes & Babes" performing a traditional Norwegian song on the environment, blending it with sounds from the industrial environment
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L-R: Dais during the opening session with Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India; Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell, Ministry of the Environment, Norway; and Rita Ottervik, Mayor of Trondheim, Norway
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Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India
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Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell, Ministry of the Environment, Norway
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Rita Ottervik, Mayor of Trondheim, Norway
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Session 2: Trondheim +20 Perspectives
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Conference speakers and VIPs
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Prof. Abdul H. Zakri, Chair of the IPBES
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Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary General and UNDP Associate Administrator
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Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO
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Braulio Fereira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD
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Peter Gilruth, Director, Early Warning and Assessment, UNEP
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L-R: Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India, and Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell, Ministry of the Environment, Norway, Session 2 Co-Chairs
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L-R: Delegates from Malaysia with Alizan Mahadi, Prof. Zakri Abdul Hamid, and Zakwan Zabidi
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Session 3: Introduction
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L-R: Session 3 Co-Chairs, Tone Solhaug, Ministry of Evironment, Norway, and Ivar Baste, Directorate for Nature Management, Norway, with Morten Wedege, Directorate for Nature Management, Norway
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Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD
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Simon Upton, Environment Director, OECD, showing his presentation on biodiversity related aid
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Prasad Menon, Chairman of Tata Quality management Services, Tata Group
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Prasad Menon's presentation calling for a holistic approach to biodiversity conservation.
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Peter Schei, Trondheim Conference Founder
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Peter Schei, Trondheim Conference Founder, provided a brief historical overview of the Trondheim Conference
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Pavan Sukhdev, Founder and CEO, GIST Advisory PVT LTD, showing his presentation on the "Green Economy"
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Pavan Sukhdev, Founder and CEO, GIST Advisory PVT LTD
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Session 4: Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society
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Peter Schei, Trondheim Conference Founder, moderated the session
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Braulio Fereira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD, responding to questions from the plenary
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Pavan Sukhdev, Founder and CEO, GIST Advisory PVT LTD, answering questions from conference participants
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Delegates from Thailand, Malaysia, India, and the Maldives
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L-R: Delegates from Uganda with Patrick Birungi, Ronald Kaggwa, and Francis Ogwal
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Photos from the reception
hosted by the
Norwegian Ministry of the Environment
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Trondheim Conference Secretariat
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IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the First meeting of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1), 21-26 January 2013, Bonn, Germany

*IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 8-19 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CBD COP 11, 8-19 October 2012, Hyderabad, India

*IISD RS coverage of the Second Session of the Plenary Meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 16-21 April 2012, Panama City, Panama

*IISD RS coverage of the First Session of the Plenary Meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 3-7 October 2011, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS coverage of the Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, 1-5 February 2010, Trondheim, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity - Ecosystems and People - Development and Biodiversity - The Road to 2010 and Beyond, 29 October - 2 November 2007, Trondheim, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of the Norway/UN Conference on Technology Transfer and Capacity Building, 23-27 June 2003, Trondheim, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of the Third Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, 6-10 September 1999, Trondheim, Norway

*IISD RS archive of meetings on biodiversity

*Biodiversity-L - A mailing list for news on biodiversity and wildlife policy

*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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