Upcoming Events

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  • 21 November 2018 – FLEDGE Special event “Cognitive Science and Behaviours for Conservation - The unexplored opportunity for CBD” was organized in cooperation with IUCN – Commission for Education and Communication and International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity.
  • 23 November 2018 – Biodiversity Law and Governance Day @COP 14. FLEDGE co-chaired the opening session of the Day with a special focus on linking law with sustainable development. The event was co-organised with CISDL, Government of Norway, UNDP, UNEP and more than 15 other international organizations.
  • 23 November 2018 – Rio Conventions Pavilion – Panel Discussion on Mitigation Hierarchies and Emerging Technologies. FLEDGE was a lead panellist focusing on issues of biodiversity offsets and experiences from Asia. The event was organized by CITI Bank in cooperation with a number of international agencies.
  • 23 November 2018 – Steering Committee meeting of IUCN Commission on Education and Communication.
  • 24 November 2018 – Drafting group meeting on “Declaration on Culture and Biodiversity”. FLEDGE was invited by the Secretariat to CBD to help draft the final Declaration.
  • 24 November 2018 – Panel discussion on “Biodiversity and Health”. FLEDGE co-organized the event along with UNEP, UNDP, UNU-IAS, Bioversity International, SCBD and others.
  • 25 November 2018 – Side event on “Biodiversity Law and Governance”. The event presented the outcomes of the Biodiversity Law and Governance Day held at CBD COP 14 with FLEDGE leading the presentation on future of law and governance issues and SDGs.
  • 26 November 2018 – Launch of 25 years of UNEP work on agrobiodiversity. FLEDGE was invited to speak at the event on the impacts of UNEP’s work on agrobiodiversity

13 – 14 November 2018
Event: Discussing and preparing for a Commons Agenda. Event organized by the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) in collaboration with Azim Premji University. FLEDGE was an institutional partner at the event.

9th November 2018
Event: Public lecture on “Understanding the CBD and Preparing for CBD COP 14 and COP 15” at Minzu University.

8th November 2018
Event: Lecture at Beijing Forestry University on “Conservation Futures”.

6th November 2018, Beijing, China
Event: Lecture at Minzu University, Beijing on “Recent Advances in Conservation Biology”.

Recent Events

31 October 2018
Event: Discussion meeting on “Legislative Impact Assessment”, organised by FLEDGE and National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru
Focus: The event was to discuss the draft report prepared by FLEDGE on the need and framework for undertaking legislative impact assessment.
Outcomes: The final report will be presented early 2019 to the judiciary and Parliamentarians for further action.

4 October 2018
Event: Plenary lecture titled, “Can Laws Protect Biodiversity?” at the International Congress on Biodiversity, Dehradun, India
Focus: The lecture focused on how laws in India deal with biodiversity and the need for behavioural changes to conservation.

19 July 2018 New York, USA
Event: Launch of policy paper "The Environmental Dimension of Voluntary National Reports" published jointly by FLEDGE and UN Environment at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF).
Focus: The paper reviews how governments are reporting on the environmental dimension of SDGs through the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).

11 July 2018 Montreal, Canada
Event: Launch of report "Law and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans" published by UN Environment (UNEP).
Focus: The report focuses on legal preparedness of countries to implement the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).
Outcome: The report is expected to support national law and governance programmes related to biodiversity conservation.

9 July 2018 Montreal, Canada
Event: Launch of report "Assessment of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans" published by UN Environment (UNEP).
Focus: Global assessment of NBSAPs co-authored by Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati and Dr. Christian Prip of Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway.
Outcome: The assessment is expected to help designing the post 2020 global biodiversity strategic plan for CBD.

1 June 2018
Event: Designing the ‘SDG -Ready’ programme for Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu
Focus: Localizing SDGs with respect to health, sanitation, education and poverty reduction
Outcome: Virudhunagar district administration under the ‘NITI Aayog Priority District’ will begin to roll-out a Gram Panchayat Development programme that mainstreams SDGs

11 June 2018
Event: Designing the ‘SDG -Ready’ programme for Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu
Focus: Localizing SDGs with respect to health, sanitation, education and poverty reduction
Outcome: Virudhunagar district administration under the ‘NITI Aayog Priority District’ will begin to roll-out a Gram Panchayat Development programme that mainstreams SDGs

7-8 June 2018
Event: BioTrade and ABS workshop for Mekong region, Lao PDR
Focus: To develop a programme on BioTrade and ABS for Mekong countries based on the experience from Vietnam
Outcome: FLEDGE will serve as the knowledge partner for the programme to build capacities and awareness on issues of BioTrade and ABS

2017-2018
Event: Making Wayanad a ‘SDG-ready’ district in Kerala, Wayanad
Focus: Localizing SDGs for better development
Outcome: Select panchayats will roll out a SDG preparedness programme in 2018-2019

22 May 2018
Event: International Day for Biological Diversity 2018 – Plenary Lecture, Bangalore
Focus: Celebrating 25 years of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Outcome: Public awareness raising

17-18 May 2018, Geneva Switzerland
Event: Developing a BioTrade programme and partnership, Geneva
Focus: Developing a BioTrade programme that considers issues of ABS, ethical biotrade and community empowerment
Outcome: FLEDGE is a member of the project team along with UNCTAD, HELVETAS, GIZ, UEBT and others. FLEDGE will contribute to capacity building and awareness raising on issues of ABS and value-chain analysis.

2-3 May 2018, Geneva, Switzerland
Event: EMG Nexus Dialogue, Geneva
Focus: To contribute to discussions on developing the post 2020 global biodiversity strategy
Outcome: FLEDGE is a partner along with several UN agencies, donors and academic institutions in contributing to the post 2020 biodiversity strategy

27 April 2018 in Gland, Switzerland
Event: Launch of Interlude Posters, Gland, Switzerland
Focus: Design and deployment of communication material on SDGs
Outcome: FLEDGE in partnership with Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology launched a set of 8 posters on communicating various SDGs

15 April 2018 – 19 May 2018
Event: Webinar Series on “Human Rights, Environment and Biodiversity”
Focus: A series of 3 webinars for international audience on issues of human rights, environment and biodiversity
Outcome: FLEDGE in partnership with UN Environment, UNDP, UN Global Compact, Stockholm Resilience Centre, CBD Secretariat organized this series to support actions on human rights and environment.

28 March 2018
Event: Media workshop on Biological Diversity Act (2002), India, Bangalore
Focus: Coordinating and facilitating media awareness on biodiversity related issues
Outcome: Capacity building and awareness raising among media colleagues

4 March 2018
Event: Public Lecture on “New Meaning for Rainbow Economy” at Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Goa
Focus: Lecture focusing on natural capital and GDP
Outcome: Focus on awareness raising among general public and scholars

3 March 2018
Event: National workshop on Biodiversity and Development, Goa
Focus: Valedictory address on recent developments in conservation and sustainable development
Outcome: Public awareness raising

20 November – 15 December 2017
Event: Interlude Student Workshop, Bangalore
Focus: Developing communication material on SDGs
Outcome: FLEDGE in partnership with LensIndia and Srishti Schools of Art, Design and Technology organized this moth-long workshop in Bangalore for graduate students

17-18 December 2017
Event: International Workshop on “Development Finance in South Asia and Emerging Development Strategies”, Trivandrum, Kerala
Focus: The role and trends of development finance in South Asia cooperation
Outcome: FLEDGE was invited to participate in the Panel discussion focusing on sustainable financing by RIS, New Delhi a think-tank of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

28 December 2017
Event: Seminar on ‘Commonwealth Summit 2018: Evolving Development Strategies’, New Delhi
Focus: Contributing event in preparation for CHOGM 2018 meeting in London
Outcome: FLEDGE was invited to participate in the Panel discussion focusing on SDG and Commonwealth by RIS, New Delhi a think-tank of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Subsequently FLEDGE authored the lead paper for CHOGM 2018 meeting on “SDGs and Commonwealth”

5-7 October 2017
Event: Brainstorming meeting to strengthen Gram Panchayats on development and conservation, Wayanad, Kerala
Focus: Community led workshop cum consultation in collaboration with M S Swaminathan Research Foundation
Outcome: FLEDGE invited to be the key partner to prepare Wayanad, Karela become the SDG ready district

Other Events

FLEDGE has been part of various events. Some of them are listed below.

Dealing with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

FLEDGE provided support to the Research and information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS), a think tank associated with Ministry of External Affairs, in organizing a Policy Briefing Meeting to be held on 5 February 2015 in New Delhi.

This meeting focused on supporting informed participation of India during the Intergovernmental Negotiation Meetings on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.


Preparing for Sustainable Development in India

FLEDGE, in partnership with PLR Associates, New Delhi and the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India organized a Discussion Meeting on 19 th February 2015 in New Delhi that provided options for prioritization of actions b IICA and its partners on Corporate Governance and Sustainability Plans and Reporting.


Second National Biodiversity Congress, 2015

Supporting the Second National Biodiversity Congress organized by the Kerala Biodiversity Board, FLEDGE served as the Knowledge Partner for the Congress.

FLEDGE provided support in organizing special sessions during the Congress whose focal theme is ‘Access and Benefit Sharing’ and is organizing a special session on legal and policy issues related to biodiversity at the Children’s Biodiversity Congress.


Refresher cum Orientation Programme for Legal Professionals and Experts

FLEDGE organized a Refresher cum Orientation Programme for legal experts and others interested in environmental law and policies on 15 March 2015. The Programme focused on emerging issues of environmental law and policies in India. Resource persons for the Programme included national and international experts on issues such as biodiversity, marine, climate and IPR laws.


Awareness Rising Programme on Environment for Senior School Students

In partnership with Vales Billabong International High School in Chennai, FLEDGE organized a one day special Programme for senior school students on environmental laws and policies 0n 28 February to commemorate the National Science Day.


FLEDGE supports organization of International Workshop on Community Rights and Biodiversity Governance

FLEDGE, in partnership with GIZ, United Nations University, the TransDisciplinary University facilitated the organization of an international exchange programme cum workshop on community rights and biodiversity governance in Bangalore, India during March 2015. Drawing participants from more than 12 African countries, the programme focused on community based approaches to access and benefit sharing, biodiversity governance and traditional knowledge based approaches to sustainable development.