According to current trajectories, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets will not be met in full. In considering a post-2020 global biodiversity framework it will be important to explore why this is so, and take steps to learn lessons from previous experience. One major area of concern has been the extent to which data, information and knowledge have been effectively used in developing targets and identifying strategies for addressing them. In particular, concern has been expressed that previous targets have been set without taking full account of the available evidence base, either in terms of real understanding of what is needed in order to meet the overall goal, or the understanding of effectiveness of different policy and intervention options and their interactions.
To address these concerns, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative is convening an expert meeting to advance recognition of the importance of a comprehensive and accessible evidence base for underpinning development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The workshop, to be held in April 2018, will bring together key players involved in different aspects of developing and implementing plans and strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and in reviewing their implementation.
Outputs from this meeting will be introduced to governments and other stakeholders at CBD-related meetings in 2018, as governments debate and decide on the process for negotiating a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The results will include an external report and associated communication materials which will identify for each of the following the evidence base that is needed, the types of evidence that currently exist, and where there are gaps in either the evidence or the mechanisms for delivering it:
It is intended that the report and associated communication will lead to improved recognition of the importance of evidence and the processes for delivering it in appropriate ways.
Our team brings together substantial experience of the use of science and evidence in supporting policy and practice. This project is a cross-programmatic effort, with involvement from Conventions and Policy Support, Science, Protected Areas and Ecosystem Assessment teams.
The expert meeting is being organised by partners of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), including the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Birdlife International, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and academics from the University of Cambridge. UN Environment, Defra, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), RSPB and the CCI collaborative fund are providing financial support.