On the sidelines of the climate discussions that are taking place in Bonn, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Government of Germany and the German Society for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) with the support of the European Commission and the Government of Sweden, convened a workshop aimed to review a draft of the voluntary guidelines prepared by the CBD that will enable the sharing of experiences, tools, methodologies and other relevant information.
The technical workshop to review the voluntary guidelines for the design and effective implementation of ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, 20-22 Nov. – Bonn, Germany, had the participation of three experts nominated by nrg4SD, that are also active participants of the Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform (R4BLP), a flagship initiative of nrg4SD that is officially endorsed by the CBD, and the RegionsAdapt (RA) initiative, a global framework to inspire and support regional governments to take action, collaborate and report efforts on climate change adaptation.
The members of the Basque Country, Gossas and Wales that contributed to this process, have broad experience and education on the topic and have worked extensively to ensure that the synergies between ecosystems, climate change and sustainable development are recognized within their jurisdictions. Their contributions to both the RegionsAdapt initiative and the R4BLP are outstanding which have enabled them to represent their fellow members and speak on their behalf during their participation.
After the workshop, the CBD will share the results that will be available for peer review in January and February 2018, and will thereafter be considered at the SBSTTA 22 in July 2018, and at COP14 in November 2018, which makes the members’ input even more relevant.
The R4BLP and the RA members will have the opportunity to further contribute to the dialogue around the guidelines prepared by the Secretariat and assure the regional governments’ ecosystem-based approach to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction is integrated into the guidelines. As one of the capacity building opportunities that the R4BLP provides to its members, and in collaboration with RA, the members will host a webinar on December 4th, 2017, in which the Basque Country, Gossas and Wales will report on their experience and will also receive the input of the rest of the members to capitalize on CBD’s workshop.
The collaborative environment for cross-jurisdictional exchange, mutual learning, and technical capacity building cultivates partnerships among regions from both the North and the South and enriches not only the CBD Secretariat’s objectives but also those within regional networks such as ours; the R4BLP and the RegionsAdapt initiatives greatly benefit from the exchange of perspectives related to the different, but effective, approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction taking place at the regions that are part of these platforms. R4BLP is now a global community of 10 proactive regional governments working together to conserve and protect biodiversity, encourage healthy ecosystems, and promote sustainable livelihoods for their citizens.
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If you are a RA or R4BLP member, and you wish to participate on the webinar hosted by the Basque Country, Gossas and Wales on Dec 4th, please contact nrg4SD Secretariat.