Ishikawa declaration

As the result of the Plenary Meeting Conference, the "2016 Ishikawa Declaration on Biocultural Diversity" was adopted at the Closing Session on October 28th, 2016.


We, the participants of the 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity, held in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, an area with rich biocultural diversity in its satoyama-satoumi landscapes and seascapes, from 27 to 29 October 2016,

  1. Welcome and fully endorse the conclusions and recommendations of the 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity as presented in the Annex of this Declaration in view of enhancing urban and rural communities towards maximizing the vitality of local creativity based on the use of local biocultural resources for present and future generations;
  2. Recognize the contribution of biological and cultural diversity to our health and well-being as well as to building resilient and sustainable societies;
  3. Recognize further the critical role that biocultural diversity plays in achieving sustainable development and in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals;
  4. Welcome the outcomes of the youth session of the 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity, which was held on 28 October 2016 with the objective of providing an opportunity for youth to acquire knowledge, a sense of value and a positive outlook;
  5. Acknowledge the importance of the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity in advancing our understanding of Biocultural Diversity as the complex interplay between biodiversity and cultural diversity, and its vital impacts on economic, political, environmental, social and cultural sustainability;
  6. Commit to further exploring and implementing integrated approaches to conservation, sustainable use and the equitable sharing of benefits arising from Nature, through strengthening the resilience of local biocultural diversity, including by enhancing and supporting local and traditional knowledge systems, technologies and cultural practices.
  7. Commit to promoting diverse, local, sustainable and culturally appropriate development through dialogue, mutual exchange and learning, and especially through the local implementation of international designation systems such as FAO GIAHS, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and Geoparks, UNESCO World Heritage sites and others;
  8. Recognize the importance of enhancing mechanisms for learning opportunities, that build the capacity of human resources, to incorporate biocultural approaches in sustainable development strategies and policies in the Asian region;
  9. Invite international and regional organizations, national and local authorities to establish or further develop and support platforms for dialogue, where citizens, indigenous and local communities, municipalities, business entities and researchers, can build networks and foster exchanges and partnership, towards better policy development regarding biocultural diversity and urban-rural linkages; and
  10. Welcome, in this regard the partnership between Ishikawa Prefecture and the United Nations University to create a local platform model that can contribute to global agendas regarding practical experiences with local implementation;
  11. Commit to disseminate locally, nationally and globally the outcomes of the 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity, including at the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13);
  12. Encourage further elaboration and dissemination of the cases, policies and concepts presented at the 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity, including Ishikawa Prefecture’s efforts towards conservation and utilization of satoyama-satoumi landscapes and seascapes, through mutual learning platforms such as the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative and the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity;
  13. Invite the United Nations Member States, in partnership with the United Nations University, Secretariats of the CBD and UNESCO, to consider and support these and similar initiatives in other regions.

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