From conservation to transformative change for biodiversity: On the road to CBD COP15 in Kunming” at the European Development Days 2021

Discussing the pathways to transformative governance of biodiversity, from protected areas effectiveness

Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework - EU Support explores options for integrated biodiversity conservation and sustainable use strategies with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme at an Agora session on the occasion of the European Development Days 2021.

EU, OECM, Protected Areas.

The momentum grows to turn 2021 into a year for transformative action for Nature and People, with global assessments showing that most of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed upon at COP10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity will not be reached. While Aichi biodiversity target 11, relating to protected areas and conservation is projected to be one of the closest to being achieved, the question of the contribution of conservation to biodiversity governance remains.

Are protected areas enough to bend the curve of biodiversity loss? Which other mechanisms should be considered to ensure conservation as well as human wellbeing? How should these be enshrined in the wider framework of nature governance, including in particular the sustainable use of biodiversity, poverty eradication, stewardship of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, consideration of future generations, landscape approaches and ecological solidarity? In a space where a great variety of stakeholders operate, conservation must become one of the many tools to reach systemic change and achieve both the CBD’s 2050 Vision of Living in Harmony with Nature and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Hugo Rivera-Mendoza from Post-2020 Biodiversity – EU Support and Meriem Bouamrane, Chief of Section, Man and the Biosphere programme (UNESCO) will discuss the pathways to transformative governance of biodiversity, from protected areas effectiveness to nature’s intricate links with all aspects of livelihoods and prosperity.

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The EDD is a participatory programme. EDD 2021’s title is “The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future”.

Using the European Development Days as a tool for project visibility; expanding the discussions taking place at the European Development Days to showcase the need to more towards integrated approaches to human-nature relations and support the argument that ambitions in biodiversity action can only happen via whole-of-society approaches; obtaining video outputs for further project promotion.

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