- Date: 13-23 April 2021
- Time: Please see Agenda
- Form: Zoom Online Meeting
During 13-23 April 2021, the virtual segment of the fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity (hereafter “the Forum”) will be held online as the first parallel session of the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15) to collect experience and insights from the participants for the development of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).
The virtual segment will be divided into five sessions. The joint-center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP), together with Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences of Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China (CSES, MEE), will co-lead Session 3 - Harnessing science, technology and innovations to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework on 19 April 2021.
The Forum aims to provide space for scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to discuss and make recommendations on how science, technology and innovation could contribute to the effective implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in order to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and obtain positive biodiversity outcomes and foster transformative change towards achieving the 2050 Vision. The conclusions and recommendations of the virtual sessions will be submitted to the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24), the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3) and the third meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group to contribute to the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
The Forum will be jointly held with the Eighth International Conference on Sustainable Development, jointly hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE), the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), the Biodiversity Science Partnership (CSP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It is also jointly organized by the Chinese Society for Environmental Science (CSES), United Nations Environment Programme - International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP), the Institute for Future Initiative of the University of Tokyo Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, University of Stockholm and etc. Other contributors include the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the University of Bonn, etc.
Five virtual sessions will cover topics including a transition framework towards the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), biodiversity monitoring and data, support from science, technology and innovations to the implementation of the post-2020 GBF, links between loss of biodiversity, climate change and zoonotic diseases, and challenges and opportunities for ecological restoration.
The Session 3 on 19 April 2021 (18:00-20:00 Beijing Time) - Harnessing science, technology and innovations to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework is co-led by UNEP-IEMP and CSES.
The COP 15 will be held in Kunming, China, in October 2021. The conference will summarize the progress on global biodiversity conservation in the past 10 years, discuss the "post-2020 global biodiversity framework" and determine the new global biodiversity target by 2030. China will be convening COP 15 as the hosting country.
For more information about the agenda, panelists and registration of the Forum, please go to the official website: https://science4biodiversity.org/.