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Sixth Trondheim Conference on BiodiversitySixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity


1-5 February 2010 | Trondheim, Norway


Summary of Highlights

Riverside neighborhood in Trondheim near the conference venue.

 

Highlights for 5 February 2010

The Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity concluded on Friday, 5 February 2010 in Trondheim, Norway. In the morning, facilitators summarized the inputs from the three breakout groups that convened on Thursday afternoon. Next, the session "Communicating biodiversity" explored how developing effective outreach and communication strategies is crucial to reaching post-2010 biodiversity targets. The conference co-chairs then presented a draft of their "Chairmen's Report," featuring conclusions and recommendations. The conference closed with talks on the relationship between sustainable development, biodiversity, and the economy.

Full web coverage available here: 5 February

 

 

Conference co-chairs Finn Katerås (L) and Peter Schei (R).

Sigbjørn Johnsen, Minister of Finance, Norway, presented a closing address on sustainable development, biodiversity, and the economy.


Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI, Director of Reporting Services, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), chaired the "Communicating Biodiversity" session.

Fredrik Moberg, Albaeco, Sweden, juggled plastic animals to demonstrate why communicating in creative, effective ways is crucial to reaching biodiversity targets.

David Ainsworth, Secretariat of the CBD, talked about outreach and communication during the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

 

 


Highlights for 4 February 2010

The Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity continued on Thursday, 4 February 2010 in Trondheim, Norway. The morning through early afternoon session explored the lessons learned from working toward the 2010 biodiversity targets and the challenges involved in establishing post-2010 biodiversity targets. Three breakout sessions in the late afternoon discussed the same issues in a more informal, collaborative setting.

Full web coverage available here: 4 February

 

 

The world descends on Norway in the name of biodiversity.

Andrew Stott, Science Director, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, United Kingdom, and Maximiliano Cunha, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil, summarized outputs from the UK/Brazil meeting on the CBD's Strategic Plan in London, held 18-20 January 2010.

Salvatore Arico, Biodiversity Specialist, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), reviewed outputs from the UNESCO 'International Year of Biodiversity Science-Policy Conference’ in Paris, held 25–29 January 2010.

Anne Larigauderie, Executive Director, DIVERSITAS, France, highlighted key biodiversity considerations as perceived by the scientific
community.

 

 


Participants discussed data accessibility as a challenge that should be addressed by post-2010 biodiversity targets.

Participants in a breakout group identified drawbacks of the 2010 biodiversity target.


Highlights for 3 February 2010

The Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity continued on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 in Trondheim, Norway. The morning through early afternoon session explored future challenges in addressing the drivers of biodiversity loss. Three breakout sessions in the late afternoon focused on how to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services into policy decisions. An organ concert in the famous Nidaros Cathedral, followed by a reception hosted by the City of Trondheim at the Archbishop's Palace, rounded out the day.

Full web coverage available here: 3 February

 

 

An opportunity to submit additional input at the Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity.

Ivar Baste, Director, Secretariat of the Environment Management Group (EMG), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), offered a United Nations perspective on ecosystem services and sectoral cooperation for halting the loss of biodiversity.

Thomas Lovejoy III, Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, United States, spoke about linking the major environmental challenges of biodiversity and climate change.


Highlights for 2 February 2010

The Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity continued on Tuesday, 2 February 2010 in Trondheim, Norway. The morning session featured talks on biodiversity tipping points in rainforests, drylands, oceans, coral reefs, and wetlands. The afternoon session featured talks on the economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services. In the evening, delegates attended a dinner reception organized on the outskirts of the city featuring a live band and bonfire.

Full web coverage available here: 2 February

Nick Davidson, Deputy Secretary General, Ramsar Secretariat, described how wetlands can be an answer to climate change.

Russell Mittermeier, President, Conservation International, United States, discussed the wealth of nature in terms of ecosystem services, biodiversity, and human well-being.

Katia Karousakis, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) talked about Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus Conservation in Developing Countries (REDD+).


Susan Brownlie, de Villiers Brownlie Associates, South Africa, explored the relationship between biodiversity and business and suggested ways to engage the business sector.

 

 

 

Highlights for 1 February 2010

The Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity convened for its first day in Trondheim, Norway on Monday, 1 February 2010. In the morning, delegates were serenaded by the Cantus Choir before a number of speakers addressed challenges to and perspectives on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In the afternoon, sessions focused on important and emerging issues for establishing post-2010 targets. The evening concluded with a reception hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment.

Full web coverage available here: 1 February

 

Erik Solheim gives Ahmed Djoghlaf a Norwegian painting.

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD

Ursula Heinen-Esser, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Environment Ministry, Germany

Toshio Torii, Director of the Global Biodiversity Strategy Office, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

 

 

Jon Hutton, Director, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)

L-R: Conference co-chairs Finn Katerås and Peter Schei

David Cooper, Secretariat of the CBD


 

Related Links
 

Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity resources
Conference website
Tentative program
Fifth Trondheim Conference Report: The Norway/UN Conference on Ecosystems and People - Biodiversity for development - The Road to 2010 and Beyond
Fourth Trondheim Conference Report: The Norway/UN Conference on Technology Transfer and Capacity Building
Third Trondheim Conference Report: The Norway/UN Conference on the Ecosystem Approach for Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity
Second Trondheim Conference Report: The Norway/UN Conference on Biodiversity
First Trondheim Conference Report: Norway/UNEP Expert Conference on Biodiversity
2010 Biodiversity Target
2010 International Year of Biodiversity

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