- With the considerations in mind, the Conference proposes to address the following thematic streams:
- Alternative, nature-based solutions for sustainability challenges (including perspectives from indigenous people)
- From ecosystem valuation (methodological approaches) and political commitments to implementation of the new GBF
- Mainstreaming biodiversity and scaling up mainstreaming
- Biodiversity loss, poverty and global inequality – links and trade-offs
- Financing nature and biodiversity – domestic, international, private sector
- Biodiversity governance – local and international
- Technology and Innovation – links to biodiversity and ecosystem preservation
- Interdisciplinary research & capacity building – including diverse knowledge systems
Organization and Structure
- The conference will last two days. Events will include:
- Dynamic Plenary sessions and Keynotes by leaders in the field
- Parallel sessions in a range of formats to encourage broad participation
- Rapid fire presentation sessions of the latest research on biodiversity in developing countries
- Poster displays and presentations during breaks (competitively selected)
- Expo with booths from the conference hosts, session organizers and sponsors
- Art or essay competition by students on Nature in 2050
- Networking opportunities
- The conference will target roughly 800 participants total (in person and online), drawn from a diverse group of researchers, evaluators, policymakers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, development practitioners and the private sector. In keeping with the trademark of the Global Development Conference, the majority of the participants will be from developing countries.
- Conference sponsorship is sought at multiple levels:
- Platinum sponsor: (US$40,000): Name listed on conference website. Acknowledgement given in opening and closing plenaries. Thanks for sponsorship on social media. Space provided in Expo with a dedicated Booth. Possibility to have a ‘Meet the sponsor…’ session.
- One guaranteed parallel session in the program and a slot on one of the plenary sessions at no further charge, if desired.
- Gold sponsor (US$15,000): Name listed on conference website. Acknowledgement given in opening or closing plenaries and on social media. Space provided in the Expo (physical or virtual booth). One guaranteed parallel session in the program, if desired.
- Session sponsor (US$4,000): Name listed with the sponsored session. Space provided in the virtual Expo. One parallel session in the program (subject to acceptance).
- Travel grants sponsorship for LMIC researchers selected to present at the conference.
- The Call for Sessions invites relevant international research institutions, organizations and networks to contribute papers, speakers, sessions, dedicated exhibits and/or side events.
- The Call for Papers is issued in two stages: abstracts and then full papers. All submissions will be first screened and shortlisted by members of the conference Organizing Committee (with representatives of the conference co-hosts) and the final selection will be made by the Scientific Committee. Some of the paper authors will be asked to submit research posters instead of full papers.
- The conference is set to take place in Quito, Ecuador on October 31 – November 1, 2023, in collaboration with Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and Future Earth.
For more information, visit Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.