The Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework-EU Support project, in partnership with the BIODEV2030 project, AFD and WWF, is organizing a webinar that will take place in two sessions on 17 and 18 May 2022. This webinar is attended by Focal Points and representatives of key economic sectors from the 16 countries of the Biodev2030 project, will highlight the strategic priorities in relation to the ongoing negotiations on the new Post2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The webinar will also highlight and capitalize on the experiences of the pilot countries in order to develop a common vision to engage the private sector to promote transformative change and strengthen the consideration and integration of underlying issues in different sectors in the text of the global framework. This webinar will therefore provide an opportunity to ensure substantive preparation for the continuation of the Post-2020 Working Group negotiations scheduled for June 21-26 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The upcoming OEWG 4 to take place in Nairobi provides a unique opportunity, a last chance before COP15, for countries to find a common voice not only for supporting specific positions on matters discussed during the continuation of negotiations for the Post 2020 GBF, but also to channel the collaborative efforts and approaches, that they have developed on mainstreaming biodiversity and their interlinked needs on resource mobilization.
As part of the BIODEV2030 project, the 16 pilot countries, all of which are involved in the negotiations to agree and implement a new Post2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, are invited to discuss and exchange ideas to co-construct a common position and advocacy for voluntary commitments for biodiversity in key economic sectors and value chains. Through their participation in BIODEV2030, the pilot countries are in a unique position to advocate for voluntary sectoral commitments with a single voice, to urge other Parties to reduce pressures and restore ecosystems and contribute to the stabilization and inversion of biodiversity loss by 2030. Uganda is one of the countries also involved in the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework – EU Support Projet. The integration of biodiversity will be key to the implementation of transformative actions.
“We need a strong and effective implementation mechanism to enhance action all across the GBF implementation, including capacity building and resource mobilization. We need to increase resources from all sources and redirect financial flows, public and private, ensuring that they are nature-positive.” said Innocent Maloba from WWF.
Mainstreaming biodiversity across key sectors, with clear and concrete commitments from Parties, would be a transformative benefit to biodiversity and help achieve the new targets set by the upcoming post-2020 GBF. Such transitions and formulation will necessitate well-coordinated and sufficient resource mobilization strategies and actions in order to attain the ambitions of mainstreaming biodiversity effectively in the selected economic sectors.
While agriculture is a universal priority for all the project and BIODEV2030 pilot countries, five more sectors have been highlighted as contributing to biodiversity loss and development in the countries: fisheries, mining, forestry, energy, and infrastructure.
“Implementing mainstreaming needs:
– embedding biodiversity commitments in economic and other policies
– building multi-sector and multi-stakeholder partnerships
– creating Nature-positive, long-term incentives
– enabling the use of mainstreaming tools and review of progress » highlights Hugo Rivera-Mendoza, Team leader of Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework EU Support at the opening of the event.
One reason why biodiversity mainstreaming has been challenging is the lack of a framework that includes both specific impact mitigation measures and the broader actions needed to achieve net gains in biodiversity. Such a framework would need to be scalable, cross-sectoral and grounded in existing practice, allowing countries, organizations, communities, and individuals in all sectors to understand what actions and outcomes they can contribute towards global biodiversity targets.
The Global Biodiversity Framework will hopefully provide the necessary impetus for transformative change not just for nations but for corporations, industries, and the general public.
“Today’s ambition is to ensure that the GBF takes on the collective action of the 16 pilot partner countries and their sectoral commitments for biodiversity integration.” announced Pauline Teillac-Deschamps from BIODEV2030 at the opening.
At the end of the webinars, a document synthesizing the common position of the 16 BIODEV2030 pilot countries will be established, highlighting the link between the integration of biodiversity in the economic sectors of the countries and the mobilization of human and financial resources. The document will serve as a basis for a possible joint intervention at the 4th session of the post-2020 working group in Nairobi.
– The CBD National Focal Points (as well as, if applicable, the National Focal Points for the Nagoya and Cartagena Protocols) of the 16 BIODEV2030 pilot countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.
– Representatives of private actors from key economic sectors from the pilot countries.
– Experts on the different issues at stake in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework negotiations
– Representatives of donors involved in co-financing the implementation of the CBD in the BIODEV2030 pilot countries.
– The BIODEV2030 project coordination team: Expertise France, WWF and IUCN.
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