- 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
In the first quarter of 2022, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet to negotiate the text of the new Global Biodiversity Framework. This meeting is important as it leads up to the 2nd half of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP15), scheduled to take place in Kunming, in April-May 2022.
The first half of COP15 in October 2021, resulted in the Kunming Declaration and pledges for committing to Biodiversity Funds for implementation of the Global Biodiversity Framework. Furthermore, Parties are committed to the development, adoption and implementation of an effective post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
However, to achieve the overarching goals of protecting and enhancing biodiversity, the new Global Biodiversity Framework requires provisions to ensure the resilience of biodiversity and ecosystems in the face of climate change and increasing disaster risk. These provisions would need to include ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
There is a need for greater alignment in the new Global Biodiversity Framework with other important global frameworks, namely the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Paris Agreement and the new Glasgow Pact, which have recognized the importance of ecosystem-based approaches or nature-based solutions for protecting biodiversity and reducing disasters and climate change impacts. In particular, the Sendai Framework has called on the environment and conservation community to promote biodiversity and ecosystem management as critical measures for reducing disaster and climate risks.
The event will discuss:
- Increasing disaster and climate risks globally and how they impact biodiversity and ecosystems, and the importance of integrating resilience in the new Global Biodiversity Framework;
- Country-level experiences on how biodiversity and ecosystem-based approaches have been successfully applied to reduce disaster risks and support climate change adaptation;
- Proposed recommendations for incorporating disaster and climate resilience in the new Global Biodiversity Framework.