International Satoyama Intiative

IPSI, the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, promotes collaboration in the conservation and restoration of sustainable human-influenced natural environments (Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes: SEPLS) through broader global recognition of their value.

31 May – 3 June 2016: The Eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, Trondheim, Norway

The Eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity was held from 31 May to 3 June 2016 in Trondheim, Norway, hosted by the Norwegian Government in partnership with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank.

Inside the conference venue

Inside the conference venue

The Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity has been held since 1993, and is one of the major events in biodiversity-related processes including in the lead-up to CBD COP 13 to be held in December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. The theme of this year’s conference, “Food systems for a sustainable future: Interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture”, held a great deal of relevance for the Satoyama Initiative and IPSI’s activities. The conference brought together representatives from both the biodiversity conservation and agricultural sectors of many party nations to the CBD, and inspired a lot of discussion on the integration of biodiversity and agriculture in policies and actions looking to the United Nations’ “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mr. William Dunbar from the IPSI Secretariat attended the conference and was pleased to see many IPSI members, both from national governments and other organizations including international organizations and NGOs, taking an active role in the discussions. Many participants were already familiar with the Satoyama Initiative, while others were new to the idea and expressed interest.

For more information on the conference, please see the event website here.

The conference also included an excursion to observe Norwegian production landscapes at Froset Farm

The conference also included an excursion to observe Norwegian production landscapes at Froset Farm