In 2020 governments will agree a new global biodiversity framework that will replace the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. This will be a major event, as the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will provide both the context and the level of ambition for action to address concerns about biodiversity and ecosystem services until at least 2030.
Governments have given themselves two years to develop the new framework, and, based on current discussion, it is expected that the process for doing so will engage a broad range of stakeholders, draw on evidence from multiple sources, and seek to place biodiversity and ecosystem services in the context of other global agendas relating to development, climate change, land degradation and disaster risk reduction.
In order to build an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework it will be important to learn lessons from previous target setting, and to consider progress in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. However this is not the only evidence that will be needed, and inputs will come from multiple sources – meetings, publications, consultation. Gathering that evidence and using it effectively will be a major challenge.
UNEP-WCMC has worked closely with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity for many years, and is recognised by many governments and the European Union as a provider of support services to the Convention, as well as of technical support to countries. UNEP-WCMC is also very familiar with other biodiversity-related conventions and key intergovernmental agendas and processes. We are therefore well placed to support the CBD Secretariat and Parties in developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
The following illustrate a number of the approaches being developed and undertaken by UNEP-WCMC to support the Convention as it leads development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Our team brings together substantial experience of the use of science and evidence in supporting policy and practice. These projects include cross-programmatic effort, with involvement from the Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support, Science and Protected Areas teams in particular.
The identified projects have been supported by a range of partners and donors including UN Environment, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the Zoological Society of London, the National Geographic Society, IUCN, Birdlife International, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and the University of Cambridge. In addition the members of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas contribute substantially to specific activities identified.