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The 2021/22 Human Development Report (HDR) describes how the paradox of our time is paralysis: we know what the problems are, we have more tools than ever to address them, but we are failing to act. To unblock the barriers and navigate uncertainty, we must defuse polarization, rebuild trust, allow everyone to be part of decision-making and unleash people’s potential to be agents of change. Join us for a special limited learning webinar series on “Harnessing Dialogue to Build Conditions and Capabilities in Uncertain Times", brought to you by the Human Development and Integration Communities of Practice.

Session 3 | Bringing Indigenous and Local Wisdom to Knowledge Co-Creation for Nature: The Trialogue Approach

📅 Tuesday, 30 January 2024

8:00-9:30 AM New York/ Panama | 4:00-5:30 PM Addis Ababa/ Amman/ Istanbul | 8:00-9:30 PM Bangkok

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About the session

The Trialogue approach, developed and refined by the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net), is a dynamic multi-stakeholder dialogue platform designed to enhance the intersection of science, policy, and practice for the effective conservation and management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Tailored to both regional and national contexts, it fosters a culture of dialogue among diverse actors, each bringing unique worldviews, interests, and influences to collaboratively address and devise solutions for critical challenges in biodiversity and ecosystems. 

You'll learn: 

  • How trialogues bridge diverse communities, worldviews, and knowledge systems, combining scientific research, Indigenous and local wisdom, and practical experiences.
  • About integrating the wisdom and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples and local communities and the Multiple Evidence Base (MEB) approach.
  • Insights and practical examples of approaching power dynamics within trialogues, focusing on the adoption of human rights-based approach, clarifying roles of rightsholders and duty-bearers, and reevaluating traditional engagement rules.
  • How to address the challenges and strategies of stakeholder engagement within the trialogue framework, illustrating the method's success in breaking down the 'working in silos' approach, creating platforms for diverse viewpoints and facilitating meaningful consensus-building.

Agenda and speakers

Join this webinar to delve into the intricate elements of the trialogue approach, its application in fostering multi-stakeholder engagement, navigating power dynamics, and integrating various knowledge systems. A brief overview of the learning series will be provided by Sophia Robele, SDG Integration team, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP. Speakers for this session include:

Overview of BES-Net and Trialogues

  • Yuko Kurauchi, BES-Net Coordinator, Programme Specialist, UNDP 

Dialogue Session and Interactive Feedback Exchange​

Facilitated by Pippa Heylings, Founder and CEO, Talking Transformation

  • Pernilla Malmer, Senior Advisor, SwedBio 
  • Ashanapuri Hertz, Programme Officer, SwedBio
  • Dr. Lilian Chimphepo, IPBES National Focal Point, Principal Environmental Officer, Malawi Government  
  • Felipe Rivera Sanín, Senior Professional at the International Affairs, Policy and Cooperation Office, Alexander von Humboldt Institute

Closing remarks will be provided by Terence Hay-Edie, Programme Manager, Local Action, Indigenous Peoples and Nature, UNDP

Session materials

Watch the session recording below, browse the PPT presentation and full event learning brief, including all the relevant links shared during the session.


About the Learning Series

Co-led by the Human Development and Integration Communities of Practice, jointly with the SDG Integration and Human Development Report teams, this learning series explores practical approaches inspired by the Field Guide for Human Development Report 2021/22 Dialogues. It will showcase practical ways to harness the power of intentionally designed dialogue, grounded in principles of awareness-based systems transformation, to shape new futures in uncertain times and translate insights from the HDR into transformative policy pathways. It will help understand what it means to harness dialogue as a building block for human development and gaps to be addressed. Stay tuned for our upcoming sessions in the learning series!

About the learning series

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For further information on this event, please contact the CoP Human DevelopmentIntegration and Environment Managers Marium Soomro and Nadine Ravaud and Martin Cadena.

This webinar series is curated by the Human Development and Integration Communities of Practice (CoP) and the SDG Integration and Human Development Report teams. 

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Nadine Ravaud
Nadine Ravaud

📌Thank you for joining! Please below some key takeaways from the session, and read the full event learning brief attached:
- Bringing diverse perspectives for decision-making on nature: Trialogues facilitated by the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-Net) are effective in fostering a rich tapestry of understanding by merging scientific research with practitioners’ knowledge. This approach not only enriches the dialogue but also ensures that solutions are well-rounded, culturally sensitive, and more sustainable. 
- Learning from Indigenous wisdom on nature: The Multiple Evidence Based (MEB) approach, as implemented successfully by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), underscores the vital importance of working with Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) holders on conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity, further contributing to enhance the dialogue's inclusivity and richness. 
- Enhancing stakeholder engagement: Participants learned about innovative strategies to dismantle the 'working in silos' approach. Trialogues serve as a catalyst for bringing together diverse viewpoints, facilitating a consensus-building process among different stakeholders that is both more meaningful and productive. The emphasis was on creating a dialogue environment where diverse opinions and experiences contribute to a unified, actionable way forward for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management. 
- In Malawi, the National Trialogue served as a beacon for integrating ILK into the national ecosystem assessment, showcasing the effectiveness of inclusive dialogue and comprehensive fieldwork in fostering community engagement and the co-creation of solutions.  
- In Colombia, the experience with Sub-national Trialogues in the Nariño and Amazonía regions illustrated the dialogue's power to forge consensus and inform policy. By emphasizing the creation of safe spaces for discussion, the Trialogues exemplified how empathy and personal narratives can significantly enhance stakeholder engagement and policy development. 

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