Scientific knowledge is fundamental to support the work of the Convention and its Subsidiary Bodies. The importance of science is recognized throughout the text of the Convention, and Parties and observers are called on to take actions to improve our collective understanding of biodiversity including options for action, to share relevant information and to cooperate in this respect. Science also provides the foundation for robust systems for monitoring the components of biodiversity, an issue also recognized in the text of the Convention.
In establishing the process for developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, it was decided that the process should be, among other things, guided by the best available science and evidence from relevant knowledge systems, including the natural and social sciences, local, traditional and indigenous knowledge, and citizen science. The importance of indicators, reporting and monitoring frameworks and mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation was also noted. The Conference of the Parties also identified the reports from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as key sources of information for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and invited the scientific community to actively engage and contribute to the process of developing a robust post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
In this context the Secretariats of IPBES, GEO-BON and the Convention on Biological Diversity are collectively organising a one-day biodiversity science workshop to engage Parties and observers in an interactive dialogue on science and monitoring for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- To provide an overview of the findings from recent reports prepared under the IPBES and the links with the draft post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
- To provide information on the scientific basis for specific issues addressed in the goals and targets of the draft post-2020 global biodiversity framework as elaborated in the scientific briefs prepared by members of the scientific community;
- To discuss the role of biodiversity observation systems as a foundation for monitoring the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
- To stimulate an interactive discussion on science, monitoring and data for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES, 2019
Methodological Assessment Report on the Diverse Values and Valuation of Nature, Summary for Policymakers, IPBES, 2022
Assessment Report on the Sustainable Use of Wild Species, IPBES, 2022
Science Briefs and information documents supporting the post-2020 global biodiversity framework
4. How to attend
The Biodiversity Science Workshop is open to all registered delegates to COP-15. The event is being held on 6 December 2022 at the Montreal Convention Centre (Palais des Congrès de Montréal). Workshop participants are also invited to attend a reception at 19:00 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth which will be hosted by Planet and sponsored by GEOBON. Read more information and register for the reception.
5. Tentative agenda
6 December 2022
Montreal Convention Centre (Palais des Congrès de Montréal)
Participants: Party representatives, indigenous peoples and local communities, women, youth, international organizations, and civil society representatives
6 DECEMBER 2022
Welcoming remarks and introductions
Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity and of IPBES
Overview and discussion on relevant IPBES assessments and links to the global biodiversity framework
Speakers: Sandra Díaz | Josef Settele | Mike Christie* | Marla R. Emery* | Ana Maria Hernandez
- Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - Sandra Díaz (Assessment Co-chair), Josef Settele (Assessment Co-chair)
- Methodological Assessment Report on the Diverse Values and Valuation of Nature - Mike Christie (Assessment Co-chair), Christopher Anderson (Coordinating lead author), Suneetha Subramanian (Coordinating lead author), Becky Kramer-Chaplin (Coordinating lead author)
- Assessment Report on the Sustainable Use of Wild Species - Marla Emery (Co-chair), Maria Gasalla (Coordinating lead author), Prateep Nayak (Lead author)
- Closing remarks - (Ms. Hernandez, Chair of IPBES and Hesiquio Benitez Diaz (Chair of CBD SBSTTA)
* Supported by coordinating lead authors from the assessments.
Presentation and discussion of work led by Future Earth and GEO-BON on the science supporting the post-2020 global biodiversity framework
Paul Leadley | Andy Gonzalez | Natasha Ali
- [12:45-12:55] Introductory words from the OEWG co-chairs (tbc)
- [12:55 - 13:55] Presentation of science briefs on the overall coherence of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), followed by a focus on the goals and targets on of the GBF related to natural ecosystem area and integrity, restoration, climate, and sustainable use / Questions and answers
Adriana Radulovici, Paul Leadley, David Obura
- [13:30 - 14:00] Presentation of the science briefs and other input to the GBF monitoring framework and introduction to plans for a global biodiversity observing system GBiOS / Question and answers
Andy Gonzalez, Natasha Ali
- [14:00 - 15:15] Panel discussion with audience
Moderator: María Cecilia Londoño Murcia
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform
on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Group on Earth Observations
Biodiversity Observation Network
Convention on Biological Diversity