SBSTTA23: From science-policy’s messages for transformational change to post-2020 political decisions and actions

Raising awareness on science-policy platform messages to ensure transformational change.

Project final SBSTTA23 side-event, held on November 29th, raised awareness on science-policy platform messages to participating decision-makers including CBD national focal points. It provided grounds for a more effective communication and integration of science messages into policy making for transformational change.

November 29, 2019 Accountability, Canada, Cities, Nature-Based Solutions.

The event allowed the sharing of experience and vision among various decision-makers and representatives for science-policy platforms, as part of a brainstorming on transformational change that will be carried out through the post-2020 biodiversity framework and beyond.

Over 100 participants took part to the event with interventions of 4 speakers:

  • Ana Maria Hernandez, IPBES
  • Marina Weissenberg, Finland
  • Takafumi Osawa, Japan
  • Ingrid Coetzee, ICLEI
  • Aleksandar Rankovic, IDDRI

The event began with a statement: while science-policy platforms have coordinated and delivered clear and consistent messages to decision-makers and help design sound policy frameworks, biodiversity policies implementation remains very poor and limited both in its scope and impact.

Several conclusions were drawn from the participants. First, sizing the challenge of a science-bound decision making requires a strong involvement of all individuals and society’s counterparts to change consumption and production patterns. All must act on to exert continuous pressure on decision-makers to ensure the consistent long-term biodiversity and climate change policies, despite political change contingencies.

Participants also all identified accountability as a key leverage to prevent governments’ inconsequent behaviors: review mechanisms and commitments framing are serious options to be explored in that respect. New economic incentives must be found to change the private sector’s behavior and develop sustainable business model on the biodiversity nexus, together with cross-sectoral mobilization of all ministries and ambitious environmental education policies.

“Decision-makers do not always see that their choices have an impact on the ground. How can we design a framework that shows direct results and triggers national action?” Marina Weissenberg, EU Finnish Presidency.

Finally, participants stressed the need to increase and improve the understanding that biodiversity policies implementation lays at local level with cities already equipped with practical methodologies, which have to be up-scaled.

The IPBES’ business and biodiversity assessment to be issued in 2021 will be a milestone in informing decision-makers on how the business sector impacts biodiversity. Particular attention shall be paid to the concrete steps to be undertaken to translate this new science-policy platform message into sound and concrete steps to tackle biodiversity loss when implementing the post-2020 biodiversity framework.






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