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Side Event #4229

Status: PUBLISHED

Date Thursday
2022.03.24 @ 13:15
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Room Salle 9
Level 2
Capacity: 53 people
Conference SBSTTA-24 / SBI-03 / WG2020-03
Meetings(s)
WG2020-03
Third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
Title Circular economy - a powerful tool for turning the tide on biodiversity loss
Hosts
sitra | GYBN Europe | EC | FIMinEnV |
Topics
Post 2020 Framework
Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Economics, Trade and Incentive Measures
Sustainable Use of Biodiversity
Aichi Biodiversity Targets
 

 

Human activity is driving biodiversity loss at unprecedented speed, creating a risk for human well-being and our economies. One million species are facing extinction, and urgent action is needed.  

 

A circular economy has often been presented as a tool to reduce waste and pollution. However, the link between biodiversity and the circular economy is more profound. According to the International Resource Panel, 90 per cent of land-use change related biodiversity loss can be traced back to the extraction and processing of materials.  

 

The circular economy has the potential to tackle the main drivers of biodiversity loss, including land-use change, climate change, overexploitation, and pollution, by transforming how we produce, consume and manage materials. Based on initial results of a recent study by Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and Vivid Economicsthe circular economy alone could globally contribute to 28 per cent of the required action to ‘Bend the Curve’ on global biodiversity loss. 

 

During this event, we will explore the role a circular economy can play in the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) through supporting sustainable use of biodiversity. Especially a circular economy provides a tool to addrestargets 7 (pollutions), 10 (sustainable agriculture and forestry), 15 (businesses) and 16 (consumption).  

 

The event provides an opportunity for organisations, nations, and delegates to discuss the role of transforming our production and consumption patterns to halt biodiversity loss and to exchange views on the economic opportunities and dependencies of biodiversity.   

 

Event flow: 

Opening words, member of the Finnish Delegation

 

Part I: Links between the circular economy and biodiversity

 

  • Understanding and quantifying the link between circular economy and biodiversity, Tim Forslund, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
  • How circular economy and biodiversity linkages have been explore in Finland, Ari-Pekka Auvinen, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
  • Existing and planned circular economy policies tackling biodiversity loss, Pascal Delisle, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations
  • Q&A with audience

Part II: The circular economy in the Global Biodiversity Framework

Panel discussion with:

  • Marcel Kok, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assesment
  • Oana Ocico, Global SBU, Firmenich
  • María Daniela García, diplomat, Ecuador
  • Ari-Pekka Auvinen, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE

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