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    Biodiversity COP15: How to deliver the global biodiversity framework

    Building on the positives of COP26

    Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2021 report issued the starkest warning yet about the climate crisis, COP26 was hotly anticipated and dominated headlines. However, there is a parallel crisis facing humanity: the rapid loss of biodiversity. These crises are inextricably linked and require joint solutions.

    Now COP26 in Glasgow is over, the focus is on COP15 – the fifteenth meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity – in China next year, where the focus will be on the adoption of a new global biodiversity framework (GBF); a multinational agreement to address global biodiversity, much like the Paris Agreement for climate change in 2015.

    COP15 is being held in two parts: the first took place virtually in October and the second will be held in person in Kunming, China, from 25 April to 8 May 2022. What’s on the table in Kunming? A new GBF, which, as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme Inger Andersen, states, will be “ambitious and measurable…which drives our actions to end biodiversity loss [and] is an important insurance policy to secure the future for people and planet”.

    The new framework urges transformative action by governments, businesses and communities to change current economic, social and financial models. “The vision of the framework is a world of living in harmony with nature where ‘By 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people.’” (First draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, Convention on Biological Diversity.)

    Webinar

    On 2 December at 2.00 pm GMT, The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) ran a webinar that sought to improve awareness of biodiversity loss and its impacts ahead of COP15. It discussed the resources and finances needed to achieve the goals in the new GBF and how businesses and governments can work together to deliver transformative change.

    Stephanie Wray, founder and Managing Director of Nature Positive, hosted the webinar. As a chartered ecologist with over 25 years’ experience in biodiversity consultancy, Stephanie is passionate about the potential for businesses to be a force for good.

    Stephanie was joined by

    • Bruce Howard, Ecosystems Knowledge Network: a forum bringing people together across professions, sectors and industries through events to share innovative ideas and best practice for a healthy natural environment
    • Signe Norberg, Aldersgate Group: an organisation championing the business case for decarbonising the UK economy
    • Kate Parminter, House of Lords: former chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (now known as CPRE, The Countryside Charity), a conservation charity
    • David Young, Broadway Initiative: an alliance working with a wide range of stakeholders to help fill major gaps in the framework for embedding sustainability in the economy.

    To watch the webinar recording, please visit the CIEEM YouTube channel.

    To find out more about Nature Positive and how we can help your business reshape its strategy to work towards a nature positive future, please visit our services page or get in touch.

    *Photo by Tom Wheatley on Unsplash