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Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors

29-31 May 2018 FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to host a Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors, jointly organized with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held at FAO headquarters in Rome from 29 to 31 May 2018.

This meeting is one of the first activities of the Biodiversity Mainstreaming Platform launched last year. The Dialogue will be an open-ended informal meeting bringing together experts and stakeholders from agriculture, forestry, fisheries and the environment sectors aiming at identifying areas of joint action in developing integrated approaches for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, in support of the SDGs, while increasing production to meet the growing demand for food. The Dialogue will be followed by a High-Level Segment on 31 May 2018.

In the run up to the event an e-consultation via FAO’s Food Security and Nutrition Forum will be held to feed into the debate to be held during the meeting.


The Dialogue will provide inputs to the Regional Conferences and relevant Technical Committees of FAO, which will consider biodiversity mainstreaming at their forthcoming sessions. The Dialogue will facilitate coordinated cross-sectoral action on mainstreaming of biodiversity across agricultural sectors to address the SDGs. The dialogue will

  • bring together ministers, experts and stakeholders from agriculture, fisheries, forestry and the environment;
  • take stock of the state of current biodiversity mainstreaming efforts and experiences at different levels; and
  • consider concrete future work of FAO acting as Biodiversity Mainstreaming Platform in support of biodiversity mainstreaming within and across agricultural sectors at national, regional and global levels. 

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue

The Dialogue will be opened by high-level representatives.

Session I will set the scene. Presentations by high level experts will focus on different aspects of mainstreaming and on experiences at different levels and in different sectors with mainstreaming.

Sessions II and III will allow parallel working groups to consider in more detail specific aspects of biodiversity mainstreaming: National legislation, global governance, certification and incentives and investment.

In Session IV, the working groups will briefly report back to plenary which, in the light of the working group reports, will consider possible actions for the Biodiversity Mainstreaming Platform to undertake.

High-Level Segment

Around 15 Ministers are expected to attend the High-Level Segment representing both the agricultural sectors and the environmental sector.

Post dialogue activities towards CBD COP 14 in Egypt and FAO Conference 41

A report on the dialogue and the High-Level Segment will be made available to relevant Governing Bodies of FAO and relevant international instruments and organizations, such as the CBD.

Biodiversity mainstreaming will be considered in 2018 by FAO Regional Conferences, Technical Committees, the CBD COP 14 and the FAO Conference in 2019.