The importance of Cultural- & Biodiversity

On May 21 we will mark the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

We decided to highlight this day by focusing on the connection between cultural diversity and biodiversity. To represent this theme we have chosen to screen the beautiful and thought provoking documentary "Honeyland" directed by Tamara Kotevska, and Ljubomir Stefanov.

The film portrays humanity's balance with the ecosystem through Hatidže, one of the world's last wild beekeepers following an ancient tradition keeping bees. The film raises questions on consumerism, biodiversity, human rights, and cultural diversity.

The screening of the movie will take place both at our cinema partner, Kino and online for residents of  Iceland, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. For a full experience we recommend you to screen it at 15.30 just before the panel discussion.

Indeed, at 17.00 you are welcome to join an interesting discussion moderated by Alejandro Fuentes,  with the participation of Claudia Ituarte-Lima, both Senior Researchers at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute. International experts will discuss the impact of biodiversity changes on cultural diversity, and in particular on small communities, including indigenous people. They will also question the role of Human rights in the protection of both cultural diversity and biodiveristy.

Register for the panel discussion on Zoom here!


Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima is an international public lawyer and scholar. For more than 15 years, she has specialized in the human rights, biodiversity and climate law nexus both in theory and practice.Ituarte-Lima holds a PhD (University College London), MPhil (University of Cambridge), and a Law Degree (U. Iberoamericana). She is an affiliated senior researcher at the RWI, researcher on international environmental law at Stockholm Resilience Centre and research associate at University of British Columbia.


Alejandro Fuentes - BiodiversityAlejandro Fuentes is Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He received his PhD (in International Law) and LL.M (in Comparative and European Legal Studies) from Trento University (It.), and Law degree from the University of Córdoba (Arg.). His research focuses on international human rights law, in particular on international and regional systems of human rights protection, cultural diversity and identity, groups, minority and indigenous people rights, and human rights education.
Pernilla Malmer - Biodiversity and Human Rights Pernilla Malmer is Senior Advisor at SwedBio, a Sida-supported programme on biodiversity and resilience at Stockholm Resilience Centre, where she works with Indigenous peoples and local communities knowledge, innovations and practices regarding biodiversity governance, and their related rights to their land and self-determination. Her work relates to local to global policy processes, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), in particular the right to a safe clean healthy and sustainable environment.

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