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Protecting biodiversity and traditional knowledge

Conference, 7 June 2013, BnF, Paris

The fifth annual conference organised by IDDRI and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès explores and evaluates efforts to preserve biodiversity, and the traditional local skills on which it depends. The debate is hosted at the BnF in Paris, highlighting its extensive documentary resources in the field.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Protecting biodiversity and traditional knowledge

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) are organising their fifth international conference on biodiversity.
The Bibliothèque Nationale de France is partnering the 2013 event, to mark the opening of its sustainable development resource centre, making documentary resources available to participants, and hosting a study day on June 7, entitled ‘Protecting biodiversity and traditional knowledge.’

The event will examine the role of traditional, local expertise in production systems that respect and preserve biodiversity, drawing on a range of examples ‘on the ground’. The conference will explore knowledge governance and assess the relevance of current tools for the preservation of biocultural heritage. Addressing these issues as key actors in the field, the winners of the first call for projects on the theme of ‘Biodiversity and local knowledge’ (supported by the Foundation) will present their initial results. Hélène Ilbert will talk about the establishment of a social, educational and cultural knowledge network betwen France and Morocco. Isle Köhler-Rollefson will discuss the creation of a new certification label for produce from nomad pastoralists in India, Pakistan and Kenya.

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is a key partner in the event, bringing together biodiversity researchers, experts and representatives from the world of business, politics and NGOs for debate and exchange at the cutting edge of this vital field.

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Conference, Bibliothèque nationale de France / Grand auditorium, Paris : on 07/06/2013


Speakers: Rachel Barré (L'Oreal Research & Innovation), Claudio Chiarolla (Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales), Graham Dutfield (University of Leeds), Hélène Ilbert (Institut agronomique méditerranéen de Montpellier), Isle Köhler-Rollefson (League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development), Paolo Meoni (Atunis Development Services), Pierre du Plessis (Centre for Research Information Action in Africa - Southern African Development and Consulting, and negotiator for the African Group of the Nagoya Protocol) et Brendan Tobin (Griffith Law School).