The earlier presented Edinburgh process that brings subnational, regional and local governments together to explore and define their role in the CBD post 2020 framework is now well underway.
The four information sessions hosted across the world regions over the first week of May came as a very promising first step with significant attendance registered from local and subnational government authorities in the Africa (35), Asia-Pacific (30), Latin America (25) and Europe/North America (40) zones. Local and subnational representatives actively engaged with the partner organizations panelists presenting the consultation process, the Zero Draft of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), the Edinburgh Declaration, and the Renewed Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity. Among other interventions, Basile van Havre co-chair of GBF Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) called them to develop strong positions, share them, find support from liked-minded parties, express them and have them expressed by like-minded state parties over the third OEWG. All proved very eager to build their capacity to support action towards biodiversity and sustainability goals, which is essential to integrate nature in Covid-19 recovery.
“We must reach the harmonization of policies and resources across all level of governments. The post 2020 biodiversity framework ambitious goals can only be fully met with the ambitious support of local and subnational governments.” Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, Director of the Implementation and Support Division at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
The four thematic sessions designed to inform all participating authorities with the technical insight on key are now half-way through with two webinars already held gathered an average hundred participants.
The remaining thematic session “Resource mobilization” is scheduled on June 4th with the European Committee of Regions support. It will reflect on means and tools to leverage and diversify resources for local and subnational biodiversity policy action.
In the meantime, the consultation on the “zero draft” and the “plan of action” launched by the process will remain opened until 29 May.
Together with the various event outputs, the results from the consultation on the “zero draft” and the “plan of action” running until 29 May will feed the process report under preparation by the process partners.
From 29th June-3rd July, a second series of regional webinars will conclude the process by presenting the event results and outputs and demonstrating how inputs have been incorporated.
All the information sessions and thematic sessions’ recordings are available on the video section of the process platform. If you are interested in participating and to receive further updates, please contact the team at email@example.com
For more information check https://www.rbge.org.uk/biodiversityworkshop2020