Science-Policy Forum & Sustainability Science at COP15

Science deliberates on how science, technology and innovation could contribute to the effective implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework
The Fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the Eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science aimed at providing a space for scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to make recommendations on how science, technology and innovation could contribute to the effective implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and achieve positive biodiversity outcomes and drive transformative change towards achieving the 2050 Vision.

In particular, participants discussed options, applicability and solutions regarding proposed goals and targets, reporting and gaps and needs (of science and policy-making) to measure progress, scaling up, temporary frameworks to facilitate the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, including potential nature-based solutions to address both biodiversity loss and the challenges of change climate change based on sound scientific knowledge and evidence. They also attempted to identify key knowledge gaps and priorities for scientific and policy research, capacity building needs and opportunities for increased technical and scientific cooperation.

The Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support project co-led the session on “Production & consumption: Public policies & private sector”. The event explored the feasibility of proposed Goals 15 and 16, and also several aspects that need to be considered when promoting zero deforestation supply chains and commodity standards; concepts such as telecoupling, traceability and others were explored in light of the development of GBF policies, metrics and reporting. It also made reference to the links between the GBF, the SDGs and climate change.

We also contributed to two more sessions:

  • Mobilizing tools and technologies to support implementation and monitoring of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework – towards a global biodiversity observation system: The GBF monitoring framework tracks and reports progress toward goals and targets, and helps forecast and guide policy and action planning. To effectively implement the monitoring framework, national and global biodiversity monitoring systems need to be in place and working together. This session discussed the main facets of science needed to implement the monitoring framework.
  • Sustainability & food systems/ agriculture: Scaling-up and measuring sustainability: Bending the curve of biodiversity loss will require strong action and changes in the use of biodiversity and nature; the extent to which the proposed targets related to food and agriculture are ambitious, realistic and measurable (Goals A, B and Target 10). Along the same lines, it is still unclear how food and other commodity systems or the sustainable management of agriculture [forestry and fisheries] should change to be sustainable while coping with human demands, or how progress will be measured. This session discussed the convergence of sustainable land uses for agriculture, taking into account the SDGs, and how Target 10, Goals A and B can be implemented.

With the participation of:

  • Ms. Ndeye Fatou MAR, Land Department Coordinator Sahara and Sahel Observatory – OSS, Tunis on «Transformative actions to scaling up sustainability and food systems in africa ».
  • Ms. Marie-Christine CORMIER-SALEM, DR IRD (PALOC, MNHN) – Director Agropolis Fondation on « Sustainability, Diversity and Equity Supporting agroecology and multiple-use system ».
  • Mr. Ingmar JUERGENS, CEO and Co-founder of Climate & Company on «Making sustainable finance work for halting deforestation ».
  • Ms. Hilde EGGERMONT, chair of Biodiversa+ (with Henrique M. PEREIRA  – EUropaBON) on “Towards a European Biodiversity Observation Network.”

More information on the forum here.

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