China’s role in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development was the main focus of two events organized by the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) during the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) in Montreal, Canada. Among other issues, participants highlighted the need for new sources of finance for implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), technical support for biodiversity conservation post-2020, and synergy between biodiversity conservation and other environmental and development agendas.
CCICED convened a seminar on 14 December and a side event on 16 December. During the events, participants emphasized, inter alia:
A number of speakers, including many CCICED members, contributed to the discussions. Zhao Yingmin, CCICED Secretary General and Chinese Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, highlighted the Council’s support for both China’s green transformation and global efforts to address climate and environmental change.
Scott Vaughan, CCICED International Chief Advisor, underscored the importance of data, indicators, and measurement frameworks to understand both biodiversity and the impacts of positive interventions. Vaughan explained that global gross domestic product (GDP) has increased dramatically, but at the expense of natural capital, and called for moving natural capital into daily decisions.
Jennifer Morris, CCICED member, and CEO, The Nature Conservancy, emphasized the importance of large-scale national planning, citing China’s work to pioneer an ecological redlining system that could be used to identify degraded areas for wind and solar farm use without undermining nature.
Andrew Steer, CCICED member, and President and CEO, Bezos Earth Fund, called for innovation in multilateral development banks (MDBs), noting innovative and multi-stakeholder funds are the most effective.
Marco Lambertini, CCICED member, and Director General, WWF International, underscored the links between nature and climate, food, the Ocean, and health, stating these dependencies are still not recognized in key multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), and that the GBF provides an opportunity to formalize these synergies.
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