Story | 19 Jul, 2022

Mainstreaming biodiversity and learning on the road to CBD COP15

The IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) taking place in Kigali this week offers an opportunity for BIODEV2030 stakeholders from six African countries - Benin, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Uganda – to demonstrate their progress in mainstreaming biodiversity in priority business sectors.

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Photo: IUCN

BIODEV2030 is working in a total of 16 countries, testing different approaches to mainstream biodiversity and catalyse voluntary commitments in key economic sectors. At a global level, BIODEV2030 is sharing its outcomes and lessons learned to inspire other countries to take similar action in support of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework being negotiated under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

In addition to the countries mentioned above, BIODEV2030 is operating in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, and Tunisia, as well as in Fiji, Guyana, and Vietnam.  Such diversity creates a unique opportunity for the countries to learn from each other, based on a shared multi-stakeholder diagnosis and dialogue, which reflects each country’s particular realities.

“Mainstreaming is a subject that is often misunderstood and largely theoretical, which is why a practical, evidence-based approach at the country level is so welcome,” said Sonia Peña Moreno, Director of IUCN’s International Policy Centre.  

Since BIODEV2030 started in early 2020, Expertise France, supported by IUCN and WWF-France, has engaged the CBD National Focal Points as well as representatives from the private sector in numerous events ahead of CBD’s 15th Conference of the Parties, now scheduled to take place 5-17 December 2022, in Montreal, Canada. These events include:

  • The IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille in September 2021, where stakeholders from seven countries, representing Ministries and the private sector, presented the political challenges and opportunities as well as the added value of the programme. During three events, they highlighted the need for effective and measurable commitments in priority economic sectors;
  • The CBD Open-Ended Working Group 3 (OEWG3) in Geneva in March 2022, offered an opportunity for the CBD National Focal points from six countries to discuss mainstreaming biodiversity in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. They confirmed their common vision on how several of the future targets under the Framework should be implemented, in particular on Targets 15, 18 and 19.    
  • A BIODEV2030 webinar in May 2022, focused on how sectoral commitments can contribute to a common vision on biodiversity as well as the need for resource mobilisation;
  • The OEWG4 held in Nairobi in June 2022, allowed 10 BIODEV2030 pilot countries to develop a common position based on the methodology they have tested as part of the BIODEV2030 pilot programme.

The APAC meeting in Kigali, from 18-23 July, will feature workshops, events and webinars, where stakeholders can share their respective expertise and actions to mainstream biodiversity in strategic economic sectors and value chains.  BIODEV2030 participants believe such action is critical to achieving the objectives of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, particularly for Targets 10, 14, 15; 16, 18 and 19, which require all stakeholders to be engaged, including business.

At the CBD COP 15 in December, BIODEV2030 plans to highlight the voluntary commitments that various sectors are making to the Global Biodiversity Framework, underscoring how all stakeholders can play a role. For more information, see the latest IUCN position here; or visit the CBD website.  

Note:  Photo of Mr Matilo, the CBD Focal Point for Bénin, speaking at a BIODEV2030 event in Geneva in March 2022.