German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)



The International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) offers around 60 workshops, closed meetings, conferences and training courses every year on issues of national and international nature conservation, many in cooperation with other organisations. These bring together representatives from authorities and science, politics and business, associations and foundations as well as students from all over the world to exchange ideas and jointly develop new solutions for the conservation of nature.

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Some of the events are aimed at a specific audience and are not open to the public. Therefore, kindly check the details of the target group for each event. Please also note that the specified conference periods include one day of arrival and one day of departure.

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Biodiversity Conservation for Human Wellbeing (online seminar)

20/09/2021 - 05/10/2021

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), GIZ GmbH, KFW
BfN: G. Stolpe GIZ GmbH: A. Busch KfW: K. Möhring,
Target audience
Practitioners and planners at the interface of development cooperation and biodiversity conservation (from GIZ, KfW, BMZ, BMU, foundations, NGOs, consulting companies, partner organisations of German development cooperation) Application period (until 10 Aoril 2021). Decision on and confirmation of participation will be made by the end of May 2021, based on a number of criteria incl. geographical and institutional balance, relevance to current work, former participation in Vilm trainings, personal motivation, etc.

The course presents an overview of the most relevant concepts, developments and tools in biodiversity conservation with regard to development cooperation and offers a broad forum for the exchange of experiences with colleagues and other experts.

" Raise awareness for the significance of biodiversity for the provision of ecosystem services - hence: for human wellbeing
" Convey new concepts, instruments and trends of conservation and development cooperation
" Analyse the opportunities provided by the CBD as the policy framework for German development cooperation in the area of biodiversity conservation
" Offer a forum for the exchange of experiences
The following topics will be addressed through inputs, case studies, group work and discussions:
" Global trends with relevance for biodiversity conservation versus the relevance of biodiversity conservation for sustainable development
" New directions arising from the CBD
" Current trends in German development cooperation with regard to biodiversity conservation
" Reflecting the role of policy advice for biodiversity conservation
" Balancing conservation with livelihoods interests: a critical review of approaches and achievements
" Conservation in land- and seascapes: concepts, current issues and developments (including protected areas and other relevant tools, management and governance aspects)
" Financing biodiversity conservation
" Human rights and conservation

The seminar will be held online.

Last Change: 22/09/2021