Costa Rica: setting up priorities for ecosystems restoration! The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) in Costa Rica has been leading a strategic work in updating coastal conservation analyses since October 2022. National experts from government institutions, academia, the private sector and civil society discussed and validated scenarios to identify priority sites for the conservation and sustainable management of Costa Rica’s marine environment. A document reflecting these discussions is being finalized and hopefully serve as guidance for the country’s significant efforts to contribute to the implementation of Targets 2 and 3 of the KMGBF.
Ecosystems Restoration & Ecological Connectivity at the heart of a Mexican and European dialogue Mexican local authorities and European environmental representatives engaged in a dialogue during a study visit to Europe to exchange on the implementation of the KMGBF. The main focus was on sharing on best practices in regards to ecosystem restoration and ecological connectivity. The Brussels dialogue emphasized showcasing GBF implementation within the European Green Deal, involving subnational governments, and fostering mutual experiences between Mexican and European counterparts to drive Kunming-Montreal GBF realization.
South African decision makers visit the European Union and France South African decision makers recently travelled to the European Union and France for a study visit aimed at enhancing cooperation on biodiversity. Facilitated by the project, aimed to strengthen strategies for the successful implementation of the KMGBF and address shared challenges the visit focused on deepening the partnership between the EU and South Africa through policy dialogues, exchanges of experiences, and showcasing initiatives related to biodiversity, protected areas, sustainable finance, and more. The meetings also aimed to explore avenues for collaboration and coordination in line with the recent White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of South Africa’s Biodiversity and the newly adopted KMGBF targets.
LAC: Mainstreaming and innovative governance of biodiversity for sustainability in development planning & agriculture ECLAC organized a series of virtual dialogues in Latin America and the Caribbean with a focus on biodiversity's role in sustainable development and agriculture with the support of our project. The discussions involved various stakeholders, aiming to integrate ecological, social, and economic aspects for transformative and sustainable changes in the region. These dialogues will be followed by an expert meeting in October to identify concrete pathways implement the KMGBF through innovative governance and biodiversity mainstreaming for Latin America and the Caribbean. The results of these partnerships will result in guidance instruments for policy makers planning to integrate biodiversity into sector and economic policies.
Kampala: Integrating biodiversity in climate change adaptation Plan In Kampala, Uganda, integrating biodiversity into climate adaptation plans gains significance as a mean to address uncontrolled urban growth and climate impacts. As an African pioneer city in climate resilience, Kampala is assessing its Climate Change Action Plan to comprehensively tackle interconnected biodiversity and climate challenges, while aligning with current Kampala Capital City Authority Strategic Plan and addressing Target 8 of the KMGBF by minimizing negative and fostering positive impacts of Kampala’s climate action on biodiversity.
Empowering African Youth to Conserve Biodiversity Amid the adoption of the KMGBF, the upcoming 2nd African Youth Summit on Biodiversity (AYSB) will take place in Rabat, Morocco from September 19th to 21st. Gathering youths from diverse corners of Africa, this new summit builds on the theme of the last International Biodiversity Day "From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity", urging concrete steps to safeguard the continent's biodiversity. Organized by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) in Africa, the event will highlight the vital role of empowering young Africans as change agents for effective conservation outcomes, recognizing their untapped potential to drive innovation and meaningful impact. It will also provide a platform for sharing experiences, best practices and innovative idea, and inspire young individuals to participate in national initiatives aligned with the KMGBF’s implementation.
A MOOC on Sustainable & Innovative Cities in Africa Our project was proud to be counted among the various initiatives to share best practices in an online AFD (Agence Française de Développement) seminar about sustainable and innovative cities in Africa. The focus was on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) as a solution to address climate and biodiversity challenges in African communities and urban areas. It looked back at the success of the project’s collaboration with ICLEI in the run-up to the KMGBF adoption and the key role of Subnational and local governments for its implementation of Nature Based Solutions as effective and cost-efficient alternatives to tackle climate change and urban risks.
ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center webinars focusing on "From Agreement to Action" ICLEI's Cities Biodiversity Center is organizing a series of webinars to explore how local governments play a vital role in implementing KMGBF. After their pivotal role at COP15 in Montreal, maintaining momentum and focusing on effective strategies for its implementation remains crucial. In partnership with organizations like the Committee of the Regions and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), this series of five webinars aims to facilitate knowledge sharing on biodiversity, advancing the goals of KMGBF.
From Ambition to action – High Level event for Nature & People During the upcoming 78th UN General Assembly's high-level week, the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC N&P), the Global Ocean Alliance (GOA), and the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature (LPN) are uniting once again. This event to take place on the 19th of September in NY will spotlight concrete steps to address biodiversity loss, showcasing ambitious countries and non-state actors committed to effective implementation of biodiversity agreements. With a focus on translating intent into impact, discussions will encompass increased resource mobilization, rethinking harmful incentives, and the protection of 30% of the planet's land and ocean by 2030.
78th UN General Assembly The 78th UN General Assembly session is a crucial step toward achieving the 2030 Agenda and getting the 17 SDGs back on track. World leaders are gathering to discuss solutions for global challenges and advance peace, security, and sustainable development under the theme "Rebuilding trust and global solidarity for the 2030 Agenda.”
GEF Assembly 2023 The last GEF Assembly has seen the historical moment of the Global Biodiversity Framework Fund (GBFF) launch to restore nature and support the KMGBF implementation. Delegates from 185 countries committed to support the fund, which aims to protect species and ecosystems from threats like wildfires and human activity. The GBFF is intended to include country-driven funding programs and projects, based on national priorities as articulated in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and guarantees 20% of funds to reach Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) and 36% of funds to focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDs) and Least Developed countries (LDCs).
IPBES alien species report where launch during their 10th Plenary The severe global threat posed by invasive alien species is underappreciated, underestimated, and often unacknowledged. According to a major new report by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), more than 37,000 alien species have been introduced by many human activities to regions and biomes around the world. This conservative estimate is now rising at unprecedented rates. More than 3,500 of these are harmful invasive alien species – seriously threatening nature, nature’s contributions to people and good quality of life. Too often ignored until it is too late, invasive alien species are a significant challenge to people in all regions and in every country.
National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans Forum The NBSAP Forum launched by UNDP aims at helping countries implementing the KMGBF the UN CBD and updating their national biodiversity plans. It offers resources like an e-learning platform, expert forum, and multilingual support for NBSAP development. This global community connects stakeholders across 194 countries in 122 languages for constructive biodiversity collaboration. (Read UNEP-WCMC press release)
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