The next CBD COP that will take place in Kunming, China in 2020 will be decisive towards setting a new Global Biodiversity Framework. We strongly believe that biodiversity is a human concern; and that maintaining a healthy planet means helping ourselves and safeguarding the wellbeing of coming generations.
While the implementation of the current Strategic Plan for Biodiversity is getting to its end in 2020, we already know that the Aichi targets set in 2010 will not be reached. Given this context, this initiative seeks to launch an informal consultation and collaborative work in order to help the CBD COP15 preparation process, to come up with a New Global Deal for Nature and People.
In early May 2019, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)1 released a new Global Assessment, presenting the current state of biodiversity and ecosystem services and scenarios for our future. This report pointed out that the planet is no doubt on track for the 6th mass extinction, with 1 million species being already threatened. 75% of the land is altered, 66% of ocean ecosystems are increasingly damaged and 85% of wetlands are now lost. These degradations will have significant consequences on ecosystems and a direct impact on human well-being in all its aspects. This will also have economic and social repercussions: the resources we get from nature will decrease, in both developed and developing countries.
In October 2020, all the Parties of the CBD will have to take this report into account and vote on a new agreement that will have to be ambitious enough to save both nature and our civilizations.
1IPBES: often described as the equivalent of IPCC for biodiversity; its objective is to gather international and regional scientific communities and to issue assessments and recommendations on biodiversity and ecosystem services, mainly for policy-makers but also to raise awareness https://www.ipbes.net/.
We want to engage with decision-makers, governmental officers and Parties to the CBD who will make a difference during international negotiations and during national decision-making processes.
But we will also cooperate with other key stakeholders:
Our claim is: Together towards a global Deal for Nature & People.
We support indeed an appeal to take into account the absolute necessities of safeguarding biodiversity for future generations. This will take the form of a New global Deal for Nature and People that will ensure real action by all stakeholders.
First by attending many international and regional meetings or summits on Climate and SDGs and promoting the biodiversity agenda.
Second, by Involving stakeholders in the field of climate action on the question of biodiversity loss
Coordination of agendas between climate/SDGs/biodiversity
The project is funded by the EU and is implemented by Expertise France. Expertise France is the French public agency for international technical assistance. We are working closely with the European Commission. However, we have a neutral position that only seeks to contribute to a 2020 agreement and that aims at addressing general concerns.
Our team is composed by 8 people:
The 2 project officers:
Also worked in the team:
We will focus our work on20 priority countries. Based on a number of exchanges and analyses, countries have been selected based on the following criteria:
On that point, COP14 in Sharm el Sheik and latest CBD regional meetings have been very important to understand the concerns, needs, expectations and the involvement opportunities by numerous countries around this initiative.
Given a very crowded international agenda in relation to all the relevant topics, we chose to attend/support the events depending on:
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