Just a couple of weeks ago, representatives and stakeholders from the 55 countries in Pan-Europe have met to discuss the implementation of biodiversity policies and conservation actions in the region, in particular following the Pan-European Strategy adopted in 2011. IUCN, present at the event, will strive to actively support the implementation process.
The main objective of the 6th Biodiversity in Europe Conference was to bring together key actors in Pan-Europe to discuss coordination and implementation at regional and sub-regional level of the Pan-European 2020 Strategy for Biodiversity, the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other CBD decisions.
The main issues addressed at the conference were:
- Revision and implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs);
- Ecosystem valuation and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study;
- Mainstreaming biodiversity across sectors; and
- The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
During the event, Marina von Weissenberg, Vice-President of IUCN and Regional Councillor, led the keynote presentation and working groups on IPBES. Sebastià Semene Guitart, Senior Coordinator for Europe, prepared the background paper for the session on “Mainstreaming biodiversity across sectors”.
Through a series of working groups and technical sessions, the meeting concluded with a series of recommendations for a Pan-European Biodiversity Platform to be recognised, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) who would ensure its secretariat.
The revitalisation of the Pan-European 2020 Strategy for Biodiversity, through the work of the Pan-European Biodiversity Platform, offers the opportunity to IUCN to strengthen its engagement at the Pan-European level. IUCN will follow and support this process.
The 6th Biodiversity in Europe Conference took place in Batumi, Georgia, 15-18 April. It was organized by the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP, in collaboration with the Government of Georgia, and in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).
More information about the conference, the Batumi declaration, as well as all background documents from the meeting can be found on UNEP’s website.