Making biodiversity matter. Knowledge and know-how for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The Trondheim Conferences on Biodiversity

Since 1993 Trondheim Conferences on Biodiversity have created opportunities for increasing understanding amongst stakeholders about issues on the biodiversity agenda. They allow those involved in setting the agenda to learn and to share views and experiences with their peers.

The ninth Trondheim Conference will bring together decision-makers and experts from around the world to learn about and discuss knowledge and know-how for the global post-2020 biodiversity framework. The Conference will directly support the process established by the Convention on Biological Diversity for preparing this framework, with opportunities for major players to discuss key issues informally outside of the negotiation process.

Making biodiversity matter

The post-2020 global biodiversity framework is being developed with full understanding that many of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 will not have been met. The current status of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and projections of future loss, are deeply concerning, but at the same time research is suggesting that change is possible. Those negotiating the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will need a clear understanding of the available evidence in order to help them develop a framework for the future that is both sufficiently ambitious for setting the world on a path to achieve the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity, and at the same time ensures that biodiversity and ecosystem services support delivery of needs and aspirations in other sectors.

Building upon multiple sources of information, including the IPBES Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the Conference will facilitate a shared understanding of key knowledge areas, and help to ensure that the process for developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework is knowledge-based, just and inclusive. The conference programme has been developed in light of advice from the CBD Secretariat and other partners, and is now largely finalized.


The ninth conference will gather up to around 450 participants, with representatives from around 100 countries. Participation in the Conference is by invitation only. In addition to country representatives, there will be participation from UN bodies, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as to other major groups and stakeholders.

Registration is now only through direct contact with the Conference Secretariat.

The conference will be interactive in form, with all participants expected to contribute actively to sessions. Presentations will be streamed live and made available on this home page, and opportunities are being explored for online interactivity.

The conference will be held in Trondheim from Tuesday July 2. to Friday July 5. 2019, at the Scandic Lerkendal Hotel.