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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 Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

On Tuesday, participants focused on trade-offs in national policies. In a session chaired by Valeria González Posse, Directorate General for Environmental Affairs, Ministry of External Relations of Argentina, Edward Barbier, Professor of Economics, University of Wyoming, US, presented on biodiversity, environmental economics and economic policies. He explained that policy needs to address market, institutional and government failures in order to improve economic policies for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Heidi Wittmer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, launched the Guidance Manual for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Country Studies (TCS), which provides practical advice to anyone considering or undertaking a TEEB country study.

Moderating a panel session, Pavan Sukhdev, Founder and CEO, GIST Advisory, stressed the need to take into account a multi-stakeholder perspective. Bob Watson, Co-Chair of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, explained that a crucial point in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment was to include the perspectives of several stakeholders. Sian Sullivan, Birkbeck College, UK, cautioned that the economic valuation of biodiversity can exacerbate economic inequality. Edgar Selvin Pérez, Director, National Council for Protected Areas, Guatemala, discussed the impact of ethics and state building for biodiversity conservation. Valerie Hickey, Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), World Bank, stated that "biodiversity remains invisible at the marketplace of ideas," and suggested embracing new partners, notably the private sector. Nik Sekhran, Principal Technical Adviser for Biodiversity, UNDP, stressed the need to understand what drives decision making in various sectors and distinguish between the need of business, consumers and the state, notably the finance minister in particular.

Anthony Cox, Head of the Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, OECD, noted that OECD has developed an assessment framework that brings together policy makers and stakeholders to go through options for addressing trade-offs. Diego Pacheco, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bolivia, presented on the Bolivian legal framework for management of environmental functions in balance and harmony with Mother Earth.

Stanley Asah, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, US, presented on the role of social sciences in achieving the Aichi targets, arguing that biodiversity conservation is about human enterprise. Alessandra Alfieri, UN Statistics Division, presented on the UN system of environmental economic accounting. Pushpam Kumar, UNEP, provided an overview of the Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR) 2012 report, a joint initiative of UNEP and the UN University International Human Dimensions Programme (UNU-IHDP). Anantha Duraiappah, UNU-IHDP, provided additional details on the theoretical basis of the report, which redefines wealth as the stock of productive capital that society can use to generate human well-being.

In the afternoon, participants took part in 14 parallel facilitated roundtables, considering a set of questions for Aichi targets 1 (awareness of biodiversity values) and 2 (integration of biodiversity values into national and local development and poverty reduction strategies and planning processes and incorporation into national accounting and reporting systems). The roundtables then submitted their findings and conclusions in real time to a team of facilitators via a web application.


Houses along the marina, Trondheim, Norway
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Session 5: Trade-Offs in National Policies
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Session Chair Valeria González Posse, Directorate General for Environmental Affairs, Ministry of External Relations of Argentina
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Edward B. Barbier, John S. Bugas Professor for Economics, University of Wyoming, US
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Edward B. Barbier, John S. Bugas Professor for Economics, University of Wyoming, US, presented on biodiversity, environmental economics and economic policies
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Heidi Wittmer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, launched the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) guidance manual
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Heidi Wittmer, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
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L-R: Pavan Sukhdev, Founder and CEO, GIST Advisory PVT LTD; Bob Watson, Co-Chair of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment; Sian Sullivan, Birkbeck College, UK; Edgar Selvin Pérez, Director, National Council for Protected Areas, Guatemala; Valerie Hickey, Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services, World Bank; Nik Sekhran, UNDP; Anthony Cox, Head of the Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division, OECD; and Diego Pacheco, Head of Delegation, Bolivia
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Sian Sullivan, Birkbeck College, UK
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Bob Watson, Co-Chair of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment
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Valerie Hickey, Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), World Bank
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Stanley Asah, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, US
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Stanley Asah, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, US, discussing conservation psychology
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Alessandra Alfieri, UN Statistics Division, presented on the UN system of environmental economic accounting
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Alessandra Alfieri, UN Statistics Division
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Pushpam Kumar, UNEP, talked about the Inclusive Wealth Report 2012
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Pushpam Kumar, UNEP
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Anantha Duraiappah, UN University (UNU)- International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), provided additional details on the theoretical framework behind the report
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Anantha Duraiappah, UNU-IHDP
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Session 6: Roundtable Discussions on Implementation
of the Aichi Targets 1 and 2
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Conference participants in parallel facilitated roundtables
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Conference participants discussing questions on the implementation of the Aichi Targets 1 and 2
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Conference Secretariat staff
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L-R: Ivar Baste, Directorate for Nature Management, Norway, with Jerry Harrison, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)
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Jerry Harrison, UNEP-WCMC, synthesized the roundtable recommendations
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Bart Slob, Ethics at Work, moderated the roundtable
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Roundtable participants
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L-R: Tone Solhaug, Ministry of Evironment, Norway; Jerry Harrison, UNEP-WCMC; Ivar Baste, Directorate for Nature Management, Norway; and Ines Verleye, Belgium
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Ivar Baste, Directorate for Nature Management, Norway, closed the day's session and invited participants to a reception at the Archbishop's Palace hosted by the City of Trondheim
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Photos from the reception
hosted by the City of Trondheim
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*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

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