Actions and Impacts
Actions that positively impact biodiversity are key to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Nagoya Protocol and Cartagena Protocol. Currently, the CBD processes focuses on actions towards the 2050 Vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature” so that biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people that are part of the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity’s Aichi Biodiversity Targets. To reach this goal, Governments and other partners work towards adopting the post-2020 global framework for biodiversity at the next governing body meeting of the Convention, in China in 2020, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The actions and impacts relate to strategic, technical, financial and rewards and communication.
Global Consultation Workshop on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Biosafety and the Cartagena Protocol, 25 August 2019, Nairobi, Kenya
ADDITIONAL INTERESTING INFORMATION
In 2020, the COP, the governing body meeting of the Convention, will adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework as a stepping stone towards the 2050 Vision of “Living in harmony with nature". Prior to 2020, the SCBD is, among others, holding a set of comprehensive consultation process, including global, regional and thematic consultation meetings.
In 2020, the COP-MOP for the Cartagena Protocol, a governing body meeting for the Cartagena Protocol, will adopt an Implementation Plan for the Cartagena Protocol. Prior to 2020, the SCBD is, among others, holding an online discussions, a liaison group meeting and a peer-review by Parties.
The Aichi Biodiversity Targets are 20 targets organized under the 5 strategic goals from the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The goals and targets are aspirations for achievement at the global level, and a flexible framework for the establishment of national or regional targets. Parties incorporate this information in their national biodiversity strategy and action plan.
The National biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) will also be key source of information for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. So far, 190 of 196 (97%) Parties to the Convention have developed at least one NBSAP.
A High-Level Panel to raise awareness of the process for developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be established by the SCBD shortly. This panel will promote and encourage participation and contributions from all relevant stakeholders for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, mobilize resources, and engage with, among others, indigenous peoples and local communities, civil society and business. The panel would include political champions to raise awareness of the process to develop the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
An open-ended working group was established to negotiate the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework with two co-chairs, Mr. Francis Ogwal (Uganda) and Mr. Basile van Havre (Canada). The working groups take stock of the outcome of regional and thematic consultations. The working groups will, among others, also provide further guidance to SBSTTA and COP. The working groups are representatives of Parties to the Convention and to the Protocols and open to observers.
Bio-bridge web platform is a tool for facilitating technical and scientific cooperation. The web platform: Allows countries and relevant organizations to submit requests for assistance and offers of assistance online, and announce existing opportunities; Facilitates access to a wide range of knowledge assets and curated resources; Supports communication and awareness raising efforts and Support online discussion forums for knowledge sharing and exchange.
Biodiversity E-Learning Platform provides a one-stop access to e-modules and courses relating to the Convention and its Protocols. The aim of the platform is to promote the use of advanced technologies to further enhance capacity building, technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer.
The Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People aims to collect, coordinate and celebrate actions in support of biodiversity conservation and its sustainable use. The Action Agenda was launched by the Governments of Egypt and China, in collaboration with SCBD to mobilize action for COP 15 in China, the next governing body meeting of the Convention. The Action Agenda is to enhance implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, advance on the Sustainable Development Goals and support the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, for adoption at COP 15 in China.
Clearing-house mechanisms and relevant databases are continuously undergoing changes such as the new Bioland tool test site to support national clearing-houses. Central clearing-house mechanism provides effective global information services to facilitate the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and national clearing-house mechanisms provide effective information services to facilitate the implementation of the national biodiversity strategies and action plans. Currently, there are three clearing-houses: The clearing-house mechanism for the Convention, the ABS clearing-house for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Benefit-Sharing and the Biosafety Clearing-House for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
The 6th national reports were due 31 December 2018 through an online reporting tool, available on the clearing-house mechanism. The 6th national reports provide a final review of progress in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including relevant national targets, based on the national biodiversity strategies and action plans and other actions taken to implement the Convention. The reports will be key source of information for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
The fourth edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) provides a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. In 2020, the GBO-5 will be provided to serve as a basis for the follow-up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
The Convention on Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol and Cartagena Protocol are financed from contributions made by Parties and non-Parties to the following three Trust Funds.
Resource mobilization will be an integral part of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and a panel of experts to prepare reports on several issues related to the Strategy for Resource Mobilization for the working groups and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation and the governing body meeting in China.
More information is available on the Financial Mechanism
In 2019, the SCBD won the American Inhouse Design Award for the 2019 International Day for Biodiversity logo. This year’s theme for the International Biodiversity Day to be: “Our food, our health, and our biodiversity”.
At the fourteenth governing body meeting of the Convention (COP 14), 6 countries were awarded the CHM Award. The awards are to Parties to the Convention that have made the most significant progress in the establishment or further development of their national clearing-house mechanisms.
In 2018, the MIDORI Prize honors went to 3 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to conservation and sustainable use at local and global levels, and who have influenced and strengthened various biodiversity-related efforts, as well as raised awareness about biodiversity.
In 2019, a Global Youth Video Competition was held for positive solutions on three themes: Nature-based Solutions for Food and Human Health; Cities and Local Action to Combat Climate Change; and Nature-Based Solutions to balance the use of land for people and ecosystems.
A communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) Toolkit, including considerations for access and benefit-sharing is now available with methodologies, tips, checklists, case models and other materials to help Parties and stakeholders develop innovative awareness-raising strategies and training materials to communicate about biodiversity-related issues, in particular access and benefit-sharing.
The 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared the period 2011-2020 to be the “United Nations Decade on Biodiversity” to contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for the period 2011-2020.
At COP 14, the previous governing body meeting of the Convention, a long-term strategic approach to mainstreaming (LTAM) was established. Parties to the Convention and numerous stakeholders have already undertaken significant efforts and made progress in mainstreaming biodiversity but recognize the importance to make further progress, namely to have the mainstreaming of biodiversity implemented by governments, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities, and other major groups and stakeholders across cross-cutting and sectorial policies.
In partnership with UN Women, the CBD Secretariat co-organized an expert workshop to develop recommendations for possible gender elements in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, bringing together gender and environment experts and Party representatives from all over the world for two intensive days of discussion. In addition, the Gender Action Plan 2015-2020 includes possible actions for Parties to undertake in implementing the Convention, as well as a framework of actions for the Secretariat to integrate gender into its work. Parties are requested to report on actions undertaken to implement the Gender Plan of Action.