Global biodiversity framework, progress and challenges • Ecologists in Action

Global biodiversity framework, progress and challenges • Ecologists in Action
Global biodiversity framework, progress and challenges • Ecologists in Action

In December 2022, at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the historic “Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework” was adopted, which sets out an ambitious path to achieve the global vision of a world living in harmony with nature by 2050. Among the key elements of the Framework are 23 targets to be met by 2030. For these to be met, it is essential that countries adopt effective national plans or strategies, but also the provision of sufficient financial resources and cooperation and collaboration between all the administrations involved.

With these sessions, Ecologists in Action aims to raise awareness of the Global Biodiversity Framework, analyse the progress or shortcomings in its application and encourage all administrations to collaborate in the correct application of the Framework, but also social organisations to promote and monitor its compliance. This session will be held the same month that the next United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP16) will begin in Colombia, which will take place from October 21 to November 1, 2024. Precisely one of the main tasks of this Conference will be to review the status of implementation of the Global Framework and it is expected that the parties will show the alignment of their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAP) with the Global Framework.

Let us seize what could be the last opportunity to stop biodiversity loss before many ecosystems collapse.

Program

9.30 Reception of attendees

10.00 Inauguration

  • Teresa Ribera, Third Vice President and Minister of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge *
  • Erika González Briz, Coordinator of Ecologists in Action

10.15 Conference: The importance of the Global Biodiversity Framework

Fernando Valladares, PhD in Biological Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is currently a research professor at the CSIC and an associate professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

10.45 Question time

11.00 Table 1: What are administrations doing to implement the Global Biodiversity Framework?

  • Maria Jesús Rodriguez, Director General of Biodiversity, Forests and Desertification of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge *
  • Ana Bretaña de la Torre, Director General of Environment, Department of Rural Development and Environment of Navarra.
  • Juan Ramón Perez Valenzuela, Director General of Forest Policy and Biodiversity of the Ministry of Sustainability, Environment and Blue Economy of the Andalusian Government
  • Representative of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) *

12.00 Question time

12.15 Rest

12.30 Table 2: Main challenges of the Global Biodiversity Framework

  • Sustainable agriculture, Celsa Peiteado, Coordinator of Agricultural Policy and Sustainable Food at WWF-Spain
  • Invasive alien species, Laura Capdevilla-Arguelles, Coordinator of the GEIB (Specialist Group on Biological Invasions)
  • Imported deforestation, Jaume Grau, Coordinator of the deforestation campaign of Ecologists in Action
  • Green and blue spaces in cities, Puy Alonso. Expert in the development of ecological landscaping projects to promote urban biodiversity and urban transformations

13.30 Debate

14.00 Closing

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