Multi-Actor Symposium on Biocultural Diversity and Social-Ecological Resilience

Date: Friday, November 10th, 2017

Place. Hotel Misión de los Ángeles, City of Oaxaca

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Participants: The symposium is open to other participants of the PECS congress, which allows us to easily simulate the number of assistants.

The presentations on the panel will provide an approach on different perspectives and generative questions that will work as a basis for a more diverse and extensive dialogue during the workshop.


-Theme: “The dialogue understood from the zapotec perspective”
Nicéfono Urbieta, zapotec artist and philosopher.


-Theme: “The biocultural diversity´s role in the socio ecological systems resilience”

Patricia Balvanera, Instituto de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas y Sustentabilidad, UNAM


-Theme: “How to talk about people, nature and change? Answers from the Oaxacan languages”

Alejandro Ávila Jardín, Ethnobotanist from Oaxaca


-Theme: “Conflict and opportunities surrounding biocultural diversity. The role that power relationships, state institutions and community organization play"

Francisco Xavier Martínez Esponda, Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental A.C.


-Theme: “Biocultural diversity, resilience and implications for public policies”

Pedro Álvarez Icaza, Comision Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Diversidad

Multi-Actor Dialogue on Biocultural Diversity and Social-Ecological Resilience Workshop

Date: Saturday and Sunday, 11th and 12th of November, 2017.

Place: Ecoturixtlán, Sierra Norte, Ixtlán, Oaxaca.

Duration: Two days; 48 hours.

Participants: Members of the indigenous and rural communities, the civil society organizations, the academy, government,artists and communicators, from approximately 10 different countries (most of them from the global south). There will be a total of 50 participants (including the facilitators).

Preliminary Program

November 11th: Day 1


-Exiting Hotel Misión de los Ángeles and moving to Ixtlán

-Welcome and integration activity

-Offering with symbols of resilience


-Introduction to the dialogue thematics

-Dialogue in groups

-Parte 1. Biocultural Diversity

-Part 2. Biocultural Diversity and socio ecological resilience


-Plenary session

-Small lecture and a tour of Ixtlán

-Comission get together for the elaboration of the Declaration

-Special Dinner



November 12th: Day 2



-Integration activity

-Dialogue in groups

-Part 3. Threats towards biocultural diversity


-Part 4. Strategies to promote biocultural diversity

.Circular plenary session

-Artistic activities


-Final agreements

-Closing ceremony: Offering with symbols of resilience

-Trip back to the hotel in Oaxaca

-Farewell dinner in Oaxaca




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