Learn with Lena: Book Tips from Our Librarian on Biodiversity

book tips from Lena Every month, our experienced librarian Lena Olsson handpicks a number of interesting books on current human rights topics. On May 21, as a part of our Swedish Human Rights Film Festival, we highlighted and celebrated the International Day of Cultural Diversity and Dialogue by shedding light on the connection between cultural diversity, biodiversity and human rights. 

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This time, Lena Olsson found it difficult to find books, but when she looked for insights on biodiversity, cultural diversity and human rights she found a number of interesting electronic resources.

Check them out below:


Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC)

 Weaving together the human rights law, biodiversity, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

“I found what I was looking for, to better understand biodiversity, cultural diversity and human rights!”

The Stockholm Resilience Centre provides interesting chapters on these issues, such as: ‘The history matters’, ‘Human rights are integral to each and every SDG’… and more!

Check out the panel discussion, when Pernilla Malmer, joined us after the screening of the film Honeyland, during the Cultural Diversity session of the Film Festival. 

Report by John. H Knox 

Human Rights Council’s report (A/HRC/34/49), by the former Special Rapporteur, Mr. John H. Knox is of great interest! 

In this report he emphasizes the importance of biodiversity for the full enjoyment of human rights. 

To get acquainted with the topics, this is a great place to start.

Local Biodiversity Outlooks

This has become a key source of evidence on the actions and contributions of  IPLCs (Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities) towards achieving the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity’. 



More tips from Lena:

Biodiversity as a human rights issue

Stockholm Resilience Centre: Why Protecting and Using Biodiversity as a Human Rights Issue
Publication archive.

Green Tool Box Information Brief – Sida – 2017 

Human Rights, Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Biodiversity as a means of survival 

Sida: The text brings forward the people in rural areas and their dependence on biodiversity for their survival. Also, discusses the consequences of biodiversity loss. ‘Understanding and acting upon synergies between biodiversity and human rights can play a key role in the transformations required for sustainability in line with the 2030 Agenda’ 

Biodiversity, Cultural Diversity and Human Rights interlinked

Reports on indigenous and local knowledge 

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has on their website topical reports on indigenous and local knowledge.

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