To emphasize the necessity of whole-of-government action for mainstreaming biodiversity, Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support held an event during the UNFCCC COP28 in Dubai.
Entitled “Implementing the KMBGF in synergy with the climate agenda in Latin America” (“Implementación del Marco Global de Biodiversidad Post-2020 en sinergia con la agenda climática en América Latina: desafíos y buenas prácticas”), the event presented Costa Rican activities and the latest outcomes from the Dialogues organized with ECLAC and supported by the project.
The discussion took place on December 8th, at the El Salvador – SICA Pavilion.
The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KMBGF), approved in December 2022 as a roadmap towards 2030, commits to implementing transformative changes to tackle the biodiversity and climate crises and to promote equality. This realigns the three dimensions of sustainable development by focusing on the environmental and climate aspects without minimizing the social and economic ones.
The KMGBF recognizes the instrumental role of SNLGs to ensure its implementation at regional and local levels, notably through its Target 12, on biodiversity inclusive urban planning.
In this context, the regional level (both the Latin American and Caribbean region, and the Central American region) can play a major role in tackling both the climate and biodiversity crises. In addition, regional initiatives are a powerful vehicle for promoting multi-sectoral and multi-level collaboration and involving a wide palette of stakeholders.
Several organizations provided their expertise and shared their practical experience during this discussion, moderated by Hugo RIVERA MENDOZA, Team Leader, Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support:
To bring to a close this very enjoyable event, which provided an opportunity for a wide range of exchanges & sharing of experiences, Hugo RIVERA MENDOZA, our Project’s Team Leader, underlined our pleasure in supporting initiatives to promote biodiversity in the LAC region.
Since June 2023, the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support project has been working with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), to strengthen processes and visions at a regional level whilst involving relevant actors from government, the private sector, multilateral organizations, the UN systems, academia and civil society and supporting the integration of biodiversity and innovative governance for transformative change.
In the same momentum, our project has been assisting Costa Rica (National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC); the Costa Rica Forever Association and the Ministry of Environment and Energy) with the identification of priority sites for ecosystems’ restoration and the update of the analysis of marine-coastal conservation gaps.
Since October 2022 Costa Rica has been developing an updated inventory of the main sites of importance for conservation and management of marine, coastal, and oceanic spaces. Set up as a series of dialogues, this participatory process involved various actors including civil society, academia, and the productive sector (fisheries). It allowed for the identification of 35 sites to be considered for conservation or sustainable management practices.
These examples have provided valuable lessons for the entire Latin American and the Caribbean region.
credits: ADDB / FLUO