With the support of the Post 20202 Biodiversity Framework.EU support project and the Office Français de la Biodiversité, a set of four preparatory webinars have been organized to prepare ahead of this first local action summit structured into four parts:
This first IUCN summit for Local Action made the case for investing in nature-based solutions as part of a green recovery. In alignment with the Edinburgh Process and pertaining Edinburgh Declaration, the Summit built momentum towards the adoption of an ambitious and inclusive post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Bérangère Abba, French Secretary of State for Biodiversity explains why cities and regions are central to the successful implementation of this new framework.
“Cities diplomacy shows that local & subnational governments are sometimes more ambitious and transformative. Where states fail, cities can succeed to protect and restore biodiversity !” Michèle Rubirola, Deputy Mayor of Marseille
The first three parts addressed different types of nature, namely, outstanding, ordinary and urban addressing each a range of conservation strategies, nature-based solutions and partnerships.
The fourth and final part was dedicated to finance and governance, with a special focus on the green recovery.
The Summit aimed to showcase and galvanise the efforts of subnational governments (at all levels) and their partners to deliver positive conservation outcomes. It will make the case for investing in nature-based solutions as part of a green recovery and seek to exact new and additional commitments for conservation action.
In alignment with the Edinburgh Process and pertaining Edinburgh Declaration, the IUCN Local Action Summit will build momentum towards the adoption of a renewed and strengthened ‘Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity’ at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) in Kunming China, 11-24 October 2021.
Listening to Science:
Reconnecting and reconciling at local scale:
Working with people in the real world:
Involving Subnational authorities at every governance level:
Improving subnational governments’ access to financing solutions:
Tools for Local Action: