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Nature and Culture Summit - 11 and 12 december 2022 - COP 15

A Global Dialogue on Strengthening the Links between Nature and Cultures to Achieve a Sustainable and Ecological Civilisation
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The Nature and Culture Summit 2022 is a major parallel event at Part Two of the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15.2), to reflect on the diverse values of nature, articulate the links between biological and cultural diversity, and to share experiences on how to restore and strengthen those links in support of the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The 2022 Summit is the fourth edition of this global forum on biocultural diversity, building on the previous global conferences: the International Conference on Cultural and Biological Diversity for Development (2010), the Múuch'tambal Summit on Nature and Culture (2016), and the Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration on Nature and Culture (2018), as well as the regional Conferences: European Conference for the Implementation of the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on Biological and Cultural Diversity (2014), Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity (2016), and North American Dialogue on Biocultural Diversity (2019).

The relationship between nature and culture is vibrant. Culture is deeply intertwined with the natural world. Nature has shaped culture and heritage, identity, creativity and linguistic diversity. Culture in turn shapes how people perceive, use and manage nature, which can enhance biological diversity or at times deplete it. Every society has its own unique customs and beliefs, often shaped by the local environment. In many cases, traditional ways of life are closely linked to the land, plants, and animals. The values, ideas, and practices linked with culture and nature allow humans to interact with one another and make sense of the natural world around them. As such, culture can be seen as both a product of nature and a force that shapes our relationship with the natural world.


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The aim of the Nature and Culture Summit is to generate new pathways for intercultural, intergenerational and international cooperation to integrate nature and culture in the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, towards the shared vision of living in harmony with nature.

At COP15, the global community will renew its commitment with the next phase of the Joint Programme of Work on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity. The Summit is an opportunity to engage in the new elements of the Joint Programme of Work, by providing insight on the role of biocultural diversity in conservation, sustainable use, traditional knowledge, indigenous languages, and others.



At this critical moment in the relationship between humanity and nature, the Nature and Culture Summit provides a platform to set a fresh agenda anchored in humanity’s diverse values, cultures and landscapes. The Summit brings strong commitments, tasks and elements related to the Joint Program of Work on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity, to the attention of the international community and decision-makers.

Indigenous peoples and local communities are champions of biodiversity protection through their cultural practices. Their extensive and complex systems of knowledge, values and world views are central to their cultural identity; at the global level, these are important as they position indigenous cultures as leaders in protecting nature.



  • Identifying potential priorities and ways of cooperation to support the anticipated new phase of the Joint Programme of Work on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity.
  • The Declaration on Nature and Culture, will be developed and adopted by the participants, on the relationship between nature and culture to enhance the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.



11-12 December 2022
 Montreal Convention Centre (Palais des Congrès de Montréal)
Party representatives, indigenous peoples and local communities, women, youth, international organizations, and civil society representatives


Programme of the Nature and Culture Summit

(PDF - 738 Kb - Last updated on 5 December 2022)





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Ministry for Ecology and Environment - the People's Republic of China

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)

International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIBF)







International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

Synchronicity Earth

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