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CEPA FAIR 2022 - On-site events - 9 December - COP15

On-site events - 9 December 2022




  8:30 - 9:30am

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

Communicating Behavior Change in North America

Guests and panelists engaged in a discussion on enabling behavior change and public awareness among interconnected systems and networks. Speakers from across North America reflected about creative communications, innovation and research, community development, and behavior change.

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Monarch Blitz
Youth Innovation Challenge
Food Loss and Waste campaign


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  9:30 - 10:30am

Fundación Suma Kausai Colombia (FSKC)

WAUSIKAMAS International Indigenous and Virtual University Foundation of the Equatorial Zone

Speaker: Hernando Chindoy, University Expert in Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and International Cooperation

How can we address the Biodiversity and Ecosystem services crisis without the knowledge of the people that sustainably live and understand how nature flows in those few ecosystems that have survived the massive expansions of natural resource exploitation?

Without the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples, local communities, and marginalized civil societies, any attempt to solve these issues will lack of the local context that will be fundamental for its success. Without their words of wisdom, policies are at risk of either focusing too much on nature and forgetting the people in these areas or focusing too much on the people and forgetting that without a healthy nature we perish.

In that context, the International Indigenous and Virtual University of the Equatorial Zone-WAUSIKAMAS-, is a human and pluriversal initiative of higher education traditional knowledge communes with the scientific methods, contributing to the generation of robust knowledge, awareness, and opportunities for a good life in biocultural peace.




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The Wuasikamas movement
of the Inga People in Aponte, Colombia
Equator Initiative Cases Studies, 
United Nations Development Programme, 2019
[PDF-5.32 Mb]



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  10:30 - 11:30am

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University

Holistic approaches for raising awareness and changing behavior – fostering harmonious consciousness and lifestyle

Real change - major changes in the world and the life of an individual - occurs as a sequence of subtle shifts beginning with a change of awareness. A change of awareness affects one’s approach; one’s approach inspires a new vision. When one sees the world in a new way, one can no longer take the same actions as before; and new actions are the way to generate a new world. This subtle sequence is referred to as ''spiritual trajectory''.

How is spiritual consciousness the basis of a personal transformation? Can spiritual consciousness facilitate collective decisions regarding policies and practices being implemented on a global scale?

In this event panelists from different backgrounds: faith-based, indigenous, youth, academic and political share holistic methods to create awareness and behavior changes.


Brahma Kumaris: Website | Facebook | Instagram

A Rocha International


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  11:30am - 12:30pm

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Communicating biodiversity: good practices in science, policy, and practice in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

This session provided a platform for the exchange of best practices on how to communicate biodiversity science to different target groups, including policymakers, indigenous and local communities, youth, and practitioners, from a group of experts from across the region and beyond. The event fostered discussions on the key enablers and barriers in communicating biodiversity science to targeted audiences and gathered suggestions on pathways for effective communication and awareness of biodiversity.

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Center for Indigenous Peoples' Research and Development (CIPRED)





  12:30am - 1:30pm

German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

Nagoya what?! Raising awareness about access and benefit-sharing amongst academic users of genetic resources

logo of the German Nagoya Protocol HubThe Nagoya Protocol and obligations around access and benefit-sharing (ABS) can be complex even for experienced professionals. The Germany Nagoya Protocol HuB project helps scientists and researchers understand how to legally access genetic resources and supports them in ensuring fair and equitable benefit-sharing happens. The HuB Project focuses on user-friendly and interactive tools to communicate about ABS to make ABS accessible and understandable. Connecting with scientists in their “language” and in their communities enables them to follow ABS laws and support the 3 objectives of the convention. [Outline of event, PDF-433 Kb]


Nagoya Protocol: Website | Twitter | @GermanNagoyaHuB | LinkedIn


German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Natirschitz, nukleare Sicherheit unf verbraucherschutz

German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)

Leibniz Institute DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH

Consortium of German Natural Science Collections
Deutsche naturwissenschaftiche Forschungssammlungen e.V.

Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity
Leibniz-Forschungsnetzwerk Biodiversitat

German Life Sciences Association
Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin




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  1:30am - 3:00pm

CBD Secretariat - Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Importance of Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) in the risk analysis process

The process of risk analysis takes into account risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. For an effective risk analysis process, the CEPA elements are key. Annex III of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety sets the principles for risk assessment of LMOs. It indicates that risk assessment should be carried out in a scientifically sound and transparent manner, and can take into account expert advice of, and guidelines developed by, relevant international organizations.

Most countries with a National Biosafety Framework have procedures in place to ensure transparency of risk assessments. Transparency in risk assessment contributes to:

  • Meeting the legitimate needs of stakeholders to understand the basics of risk assessment; and
  • Enabling informed debate on scientific issues and providing a framework which consumers can trust.

Similarly, most Parties to the Cartagena Protocol have systems in place that will enable them to undertake risk assessment of LMOs with support of either permanent or ad hoc committees, and very often, there is a need for capacity development on this area, to ensure that new and existing experts are familiar with known risk assessment methodologies, as well as with latest information that will support a scientifically sound risk assessment.

Communication throughout the process is also important towards ensuring transparency and public participation. Therefore, there is a need to ensure that these elements, are well reflected on a biosafety system. 

The CEPA fair presented an opportunity for sharing information on the importance of the CEPA elements for the risk analysis process in support of the implementation of the CPB.



Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH)

Cartagena Protocol on biosafety: Public awareness, education and participation

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)


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  3:00 - 5:00pm

Japan - Ministry of Environment, Japan Council for GBF (J-GBF)

The importance of strategic communication and promotion of institutional mechanisms for the Global Biodiversity Framework - based on the experience over the last decade

In order to achieve the GBF, it is important to involve all government agencies and all stakeholders, tailor messages to the non-biodiversity community, and communicate in an organised and strategic manner, rather than one-off communication. This event shares the efforts and experiences of the past decade by UNDB-J in Japan and other parties and stakeholders, and discuss with diverse stakeholders how to build strategic communication until 2030, what are the challenges and what kind of support is required in order to contribute to GBF Section K (CEPA) and its implementation.

Draft programme

  • Opening remarks & keynote speech
  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (J-GBF Acting Chair/IGES): Introduction of UNDB-J and J-GBF as a successor, review of UNDB-J, etc.
  • Other parties: examples from other party or regional group
  • IUCN-CEC(tbd): how IUCN can support Parties from a communication perspective
  • GYBN (tbd) and IIFB (tbd):  initiatives and participation, future prospects and expectations
  • Panel discussion Moderator: Teppei DOHKE
  • Proposed questions for the panel
  • What do you think of J-GBF? Could it be done in other countries? What do you think would be the challenges for national coordinating mechanism?"
  • 'What do you think about the the future role of communication for its implementation?'

Key messages

  • Neither awareness-raising nor mainstreaming can end with a one-off event. Ongoing and cumulative efforts are essential. It is also important to create synergies in coordination and communication between key organisations, including youth groups, and to involve new stakeholders. National committees are essential for deepening and broadening communication
  • It is important to have a place at the CEPA fair to share achievements between COPs and return with ideas for improvement. Japan, together with various partners, would like to continue to establish such opportunities
  • Input from other panellists through discussion
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Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan

Japan Committee for UNDB (UNDB-J)


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  5:00 - 6:00pm

BirdLife International

The importance of the global biodiversity framework for implementing the right to a healthy environment

While 80% of UN Member States already recognise the right to a healthy environment (R2HE) in their constitutions, laws or regional treaties, until the past year the right had no universal recognition and it is inadequately implemented. Now that the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment has been recognised as a universal human right, with overwhelming support for UN General Assembly Resolution 76/300 in July following a UN Human Rights Council resolution in October 2021, the global biodiversity framework must both recognise and help deliver this right. Representatives from a broad coalition of Parties, UN agencies and 1350 civil society groups discuss why they mobilised behind the global call for the UN recognition of this right, its relevance to the CBD’s Vision of living in harmony with nature, and how this should now be reflected in the GBF.

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BirdLife International: Website | Twitter | @BirdLife_Policy

BirdLife: The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: A ‘now or never opportunity for nature’

BirdLife International Camapaign: One Planet One Right

The Global Recognition of the Right to a Healthy Environment


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