Fuller Seminar: How did justice end up at the heart of a conversation on biodiversity?

On 11 June, a panel of three emerging, cross-sectoral leaders came together to discuss the development of the Biodiversity Revisited initiative and the soon-to-be-released research and action agenda. This online seminar forms part of the WWF Fuller Science for Nature series, a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to critical topics in international conservation.

Coming at the end of the formal Biodiversity Revisited project, this session covered the two-year journey towards the forthcoming agenda. As part of this journey, the panellists were invited to share their scientific and practical expertise, as well as personal experiences of participating in this global, collaborative endeavour. Drawn from the wider initiative, which has been shaped by hundreds of experts from around the world, the panellists covered a wide range of topics related to the present and future of biodiversity research, practice, policy and broader societal issues. 

The group elaborated on how the interplay of dynamics between networks, people, diverse knowledge, and project design resulted in a process that could incorporate a range of topics and span complex questions of the relationships between people, nature, justice, economy, Indigenous people, history and power. The seminar dug into the overarching design of global collaboration, and responded to tough questions on issues such as transformative change, systems approaches to conservation, equity and justice, gender, food systems, policy and decolonising conservation. 

You can watch the full seminar below or on Vimeo.

The Biodiversity Revisited agenda will be published in early July 2020 and will help pave the way for other outputs, new research and exciting new collaborations that will emerge in the coming months. Join the conversation using #BiodiversityRevisited along with a global network of researchers and practitioners interested in the future of life on Earth. 

For more information, please contact:
Melanie Ryan, Head of Programme at the Luc Hoffmann Institute: melryan@wwfint.org