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Side Event #5284

Status: PUBLISHED

Date Monday
2023.11.13 @ 13:15
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Room Salle 3 - Asia and the Pacific
Level -1
Capacity: 70 people
Conference WG8J-12 / WGDSI-01
Meetings(s)
WG8J-12
Twelfth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Title Measuring what matters: Improving traditional knowledge indicators through a gender lens
Hosts
CBD Women Caucus | ORG WAITING FOR APPROVAL | FPP | GFC | ILCN | ORG WAITING FOR APPROVAL | W4B | SwedBio |
Topics
Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA)
Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI)
Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework
Indicators
Indigenous peoples and local communities
Knowledge Management
Scientific and Technical Cooperation
Gender and Biodiversity
Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices
 

 

Traditional knowledge is a cornerstone of biodiversity conservation, seamlessly linking biological and cultural diversity. In recognition of this intricate relationship, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, through decision 15/22, renewed its commitment to the Joint Programme of Work on the links between biological and cultural diversity. While this renewal demonstrates a resounding recognition of the importance of traditional knowledge, it also brings to the fore pressing concerns. The existing traditional knowledge indicators, originally adopted in decision XIII/28, lack a gender lens, obscuring the vital contributions of women and girls from Indigenous peoples and local communities who are instrumental in generating, preserving and transmitting traditional knowledge. This gap becomes increasingly apparent when we consider the profound role that gender plays in biodiversity conservation. Women and girls from Indigenous peoples and local communities face unique challenges and are an integral part of the biocultural tapestry; therefore, their contributions should be fully measured and recognised. 

In addition, this event responds directly to the Gender Action Plan (2023-2030) adopted at COP 15, in particular Expected Outcome 3, which aims to create enabling conditions for the gender-responsive implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Under this outcome, Indicative Actions 3.1.1 and 3.2 emphasise the importance of the systematic collection of gender-disaggregated biodiversity data, the development of gender-specific indicators and a comprehensive understanding of gender impacts in the implementation of the framework. These actions underscore the urgent need to close the gender gap in biodiversity measurement and ensure that the contributions of all women and girls, particularly those from Indigenous peoples and local communities, are fully recognised and integrated. Our event aligns seamlessly with these gender-focused goals, bringing together experts and advocates to address gender data gaps and improve the inclusiveness and effectiveness of traditional knowledge indicators in biodiversity conservation.

By addressing these critical issues, this event will provide a unique platform for women from indigenous peoples and local communities, practitioners, experts and allied voices to jointly explore strategies for advancing gender-inclusive traditional knowledge indicators. It aims to address existing gender data gaps in the context of the Joint Programme of Work and the broader Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and to promote a more equitable and comprehensive approach to biodiversity conservation. In doing so, it will contribute significantly to the COP's commitment to strengthen the linkages between biological and cultural diversity, while ensuring the recognition and empowerment of women and girls, thereby promoting inclusive and effective approaches to biodiversity conservation, in line with both the COP's decisions and the objectives of the Gender Plan of Action.

Objectives:

  1. To examine current traditional knowledge indicators and discuss strategies for integrating gender-responsive components to ensure that the contributions of women and girls are effectively measured and valued.

  2. To explore the importance of gender disaggregated data collection and the development of gender indicators in line with the Gender Action Plan.

  3. To strengthen the evidence base and understanding of the gender impacts of the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, recognising the central role of all women and girls, especially from Indigenous peoples and local communities, including insights from traditional knowledge.

Target Audience:

The roundtable welcomes the active participation of a diverse audience, including rights-holders, experts, policy-makers, practitioners and advocates interested in the intersection of gender justice and biodiversity conservation.

 

Format:

- In-person panel discussion followed by a Q&A session

- Interpretation (English/Spanish/French) will be provided

- Live graphical coverage (tbc)

- Live webcast (tbc)

- Catering (tbc)

 

Key topics to be covered:

This event aims to promote an inclusive and informed dialogue on the advancement of gender-inclusive traditional knowledge indicators for biodiversity conservation. It is in line with the COP's renewed commitment to the objectives of the Joint Programme of Work and the Gender Action Plan, and will ultimately contribute to more effective and equitable approaches to biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

 

  1. What are the key challenges and gaps in the measurement of traditional knowledge indicators, particularly in relation to the contributions of women and girls, within the Joint Work Programme on Biological and Cultural Diversity?

  2. How can we ensure gender-responsive measurement of traditional knowledge, including the systematic collection of sex-disaggregated biodiversity data and the development of gender-specific indicators, in line with the objectives of the Gender Action Plan and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework?

  3. What strategies and best practices can be used to strengthen the evidence base and understanding of the gender impacts of the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, recognising the central role of all women and girls, including insights from traditional knowledge?

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