Commission on Ecosystem Management

Towards living in harmony with nature by 2050 - COP14

The 4th Science Forum organized by the International Union of Biological Sciences, the European Commission, with support from EKLIPSE, the EU science-policy interface mechanism on biodiversity and ecosystem services, the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity was held on 23-24 November 2018 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, at CBD COP-14.

The Science-Policy Dialogue titled “Towards living in harmony with nature by 2050” was a dialogue between science, policy and civil society to discuss the role of science and policy in identifying the transitions needed, and to inform the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. One key objective of the Sharm el-Sheikh to Beijing Action agenda for Nature and People is to “Inspire and help implement Nature Based Solutions to meet key global challenges”. Judy Fisher gave a Plenary talk to the session on Scaling up: Nature-based solutions for the restoration agenda and beyond, titled Introduction of Nature based solutions into the Convention on Biological Diversity agenda and was a member of the Panel discussion which followed. Judy was also a Panel member for the Session on Understanding the need for restoration and using nature-based solutions, including in urban settings, to reach biodiversity targets, on the example of Africa. The key outcomes from the two day Forum were presented to the CBD Plenary and included the following statements:

  • Science also understands that nature-based solutions are one of the best pathways for interlinkages with other global agendas, such as climate change and across SDGs. Implementing innovative nature-based solutions can lead the way for transformative biodiversity governance, by also considering social justice and considering that benefits will not be distributed equally.

Judy also spoke on the importance of indigenous and local knowledge systems with the following statement being included in the statement to the CBD Plenary

  • At the same time, we recognize that equal consideration has to be given to knowledge from indigenous peoples and local communities, which runs parallel to “science” and that knowledge can also well inform solutions for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and recovery.

Judy Fisher
CEM Ecosystems and Invasive Species Lead
IPBES Co-ordinating Lead Author Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment
IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, IPBES Co Chair Indigenous and Local Knowledge Task Force

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