The congress at a glance

  • Examine today’s great environmental challenges in the light of what local actors observe
  • Participation in number of representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs)
  • Multi-format, inter-cultural and inter-stakeholder exchanges


  • Global Environment Facility
  • Executive Coordination of the UN for Rio + 20
  • Research institutes and Universities of Montpellier
  • national governmental authorities
  • local territorial collectivities

Strategic context:

  • Montpellier: French head city on sustainable development issues
  • Montpellier: member of the “Global Partnership on Cities and Biodiversity” of the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Montpellier: host city of the G20 conference on agricultural research for development (September 2011)
  • French action plan on the access to genetic resources and fair and equitable sharing of benefits (resulting from the COP 10 in Nagoya, October 2010)
  • Imminent ratification by France of the COP 10 Nagoya protocol
  • Second World Summit: Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development


1/ Academic colloquium

  • 42 selected sessions; 400 submitted individual contributions; 750 delegates

  • Sessions at “Le Corum” Conference Hall, at the Faculty of Law and at the Botanical Institute

  • Pre/side/post congress workshops

  • Excursions and congress tour

  • Renowned keynotes

2/ A « off » open to the public
  • Just after the ”Biodiversity Days” organized by the city of Montpellier (18-19 May 2012)

  • Evening attractions in various public spaces of the city (parks, squares, plazas, galleries, terraces of bars and restaurants, museums, conference rooms…) 

  • Various exchange formats: “science bars”, conference-debates, round tables, expositions, video projections, spectacles with dance, music, singing, and theater, concerts, ambulatory shows

  • Local, regional and national media coverage (press, radio, television, Internet)

3/ Educational projects: school children and students through the preparation of events
  • Target schools: small, middle and high public schools, agricultural school, centers for education of disabled children

  • Carrying projects under the cross supervision by scientists and representatives of NGOs

  • Mobilizing various networks: Graine Languedoc-Roussillon, youth clubs of IRD and CNRS, UNESCO clubs, the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet)…

4/ Indigenous forum
  • Workshop of the Global Coalition for Biological and Cultural Diversity: analyzing case studies on the local repercussions of international treaties (WIPO, CBD, ITPGRFA)

  • Indigenous Forum: local implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); preparing a “Montpellier declaration” for Rio + 20