“Mainstreaming Biodiversity for well-being: Contributions from Science”

 The 3rd Science for Biodiversity Forum was held in Cancun, Mexico, on 1st and 2nd December 2016. The event entitled “Mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being: Contributions from Science” was organized at the conference of the parties (COP13), the highest governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The forum aimed to be a meeting place to share knowledge, approaches and solutions, among scientists, policy – makers, and the civil society for mainstreaming biodiversity especially focusing on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism. 

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Downloadable documents for the 3rd Science for Biodiversity Forum:


  • To discuss and share biodiversity mainstreaming challenges and solutions, with a focus on agriculture, fisheries, forests, and tourism, based on current scientific findings, approaches and the experiences of stakeholders, including COP 13 delegates.
  • To open the dialogue to enhance the technical and scientific cooperation for the replication of best practices and capacity-building on mainstreaming.
  • To provide an open space for debate on science and research among scientists and policy – makers, and alerting scientists on how to communicate to policy-makers and the civil society and scientists to policy and society needs.



Moderated by Lily Rodriguez (IUBS) the participants discussed a declaration on behalf of more than 300 scientists, practitioners and policymakers.

Participants met during the side event of COP 13

(From left): L.S. Shashidhara (IUBS, Secretary General), Miguel Clusener-Godt (UNESCO), Hiroyuki Takeda (IUBS President), Rodolfo Dirzo (IAI)  (Photo: IUBS)

The then Secretary General of IUBS, L.S. Shashidhara, gives a statement at the event:

L.S. Shashidhara (3rd from left); Chair of Mexican IUBS Committee Valeria Suza (4th from left)

(Photo: IUBS)

Student participants with their respetive posters