Programme development

Making biodiversity matter

The Trondheim Conferences on Biodiversity have since 1993 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 discuss the global biodiversity framework being developed as a follow up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The Conference will directly support the process established by the Convention on Biological Diversity, with opportunity for major players to discuss key issues informally outside of the negotiation process.

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.

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.

Draft programme

The Conference will address the challenges of achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity and explore pathways for the transformational changes needed. Building upon multiple sources of knowledge, 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.

A programme for the conference is under development, and the programme outline has been detailed and revised in light of advice from the CBD Secretariat and other partners. A programme outline (updated as of 14 March) may be downloaded here. We are now working on details and on confirming speakers. Further iterations of the programme will follow and will be published here. A concept note for the conference was developed prior to the 14th Conference of the Parties to the CBD in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt (COP14) in November 2018, and this can be downloaded here.

The conference will start on Tuesday 2 July at 0900 hrs, and conclude on Friday 5 July 2019 at 1300 hrs.

Social programme

The conference will include a social programme for all participants, allowing for interaction and dialogue in a more informal setting. The social programme will include a reception at the conference venue on 2 July and an excursion with dinner on 3 July. More information on the social programme and on necessary registration will be provided later.

Nidelva river floating through Trondheim