From December 11 to 12, 2022, the CBD COP15 parallel event, the 5th Scientific Forum organized by the CBD Secretariat and co-organized by the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences (CSES), the United Nations Environment Programme-International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP), and the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), was successfully held in Montreal. The Forum aimed to provide a platform for scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders to discuss and make recommendations on how science, technology and innovation can contribute to the implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
The Session " The role of the scientific community in the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework" was led by UNEP-IEMP in content and moderated by Dr. Linxiu Zhang, Director of UNEP-IEMP, who also delivered a presentation entitled "Strengthening the Role of Scientists, Communities and NGOs in the Implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework”.
In the presentation, Director Zhang pointed out that in the context of the multiple challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, climate-resilient development requires considering the climate system, ecosystems, and human society as coupled systems. By sharing case studies of agrobiodiversity conservation for resilient livelihoods in rural areas from Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and China, she emphasized the importance of women's empowerment and promoting gender equality, implementing nexus approaches and bringing together cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary efforts, community participation, combining traditional wisdom and modern science, and private sector involvement.
The venue for the forum
In the session, science and technology and innovation actors such as research institutions, universities and companies discuss best practices in STI collaboration and innovation for transformation from multiple perspectives, including biodiversity (wetlands/oceans) and food security. The outcomes facilitate decision-making, monitoring and evaluation of government and business actions, and provide scientific guidance to promote biodiversity mainstreaming and public participation mechanisms with a view to making contributions to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Negotiators and scientists from the COP, students from the Montreal area, and other COP participants, totaling more than 300 people attended the meeting on-site, and the forum provided a live online broadcast of the entire event, with a total of 1,930 online participants.
Group photo of session participants