Sustainable Development & Design Practices

With the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, countries have started to focus on developing both action programmes as well as appropriate indicators at national level to measure progress of implementation. Read More


Conservation Futures

Considering emerging challenges and opportunities to deal with conservation of nature and natural resources as well as associated traditional knowledge, the Programme focuses on delivering integrated and trans-disciplinary actions to establish programmatic and human resource based approaches. Read more

Legal and Regulatory Process that achieve Equity, Access to Justice and Rule of Law

FLEDGE focuses on effective implementation of Article 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Nagoya Protocol on Access to genetic resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and dealing with use of SDG 16 on access to justice, peace and rule of law in achieving development. Supporting countries like China to develop the national ABS framework, developing guidance frameworks to implement the Nagoya Protocol, suggesting national actions to implement the ITPGRFA and related training and capacity building actions, supporting policy framework on biodiversity and human rights, developing options for legislative impact assessment form core of our work in this Programme area. Focal areas include legal and related frameworks such as biodiversity law, marine and ocean law, IP law and development law. Currently, FLEDGE is working on supporting national and international actions related to policy making on synthetic biology. Read More

Science - Policy - Practice Links

With the establishment of platforms like the Inter-governmental Committee on Climate Change (IPCC) and Inter-governmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) the focus on establishing science-policy-practice links for national and global policy making has been further strengthened. Read more

Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Health

The primary outcome of development and SDG goals is better human and planetary health. FLEDGE’s role would be that of a catalyst bringing together key stakeholders in the health sector and to leverage local community knowledge and bio-resources for affordable health care, through research, capacity building, policy and governance mechanisms. Read more.

National and International Policy Making

FLEDGE is currently working on supporting dialogue and discussions in shaping the future global biodiversity goals (2021-2030) in partnership with agencies like the United Nations Environment (UNEP), the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, McGill University, the Secretariat to Convention on Biological Diversity and others. Read more.