The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD) together with the Government of Azuay and the Consortium of Ecuadorian Provincial Governments (CONGOPE), with the support of the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, The National Institute of Biodiversity and the International Training Center for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL-QUITO) held the International Conference on Biodiversity “A Territorial Rights-based Approach to Biodiversity” on 21-22 June in Cuenca, Ecuador. The event gathered regional and local authorities, as well as experts, academia, community leaders and other stakeholders from all over the world to discuss and share ideas on how subnational governments can lay the foundations for the post-2020 Agenda and contribute to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (ABT).
The event was held alongside nrg4SD’s 2018 General Assembly meeting and in the context of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and it was closely related to the CBD COP 14, to be held in November in Egypt. The Conference served to strengthen alliances, exchange experiences, promote multilevel coordination and innovative public policies at all levels. The program included an integrated perspective on biodiversity, with linkages to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, namely SDG 15, but also tackling poverty, hunger and climate change, as well as the role of women and indigenous peoples in biodiversity conservation.
The different presentations showcased the leading role of regional governments in biodiversity preservation, and especially their privileged position to involve stakeholders, ensure ecosystem approaches and rural-urban linkages, in addition to their opportunity to drive real progress in the implementation of the CBD and the Aichi Targets on the ground. Rich discussions with the audience, including indigenous peoples and traditional communities, who were very participative and committed, helped to achieve the conclusions of the Conference, which are available here: Spanish, English, and French.
The Conference represented an important step towards the CBD COP 14, especially with regards to those mainstreaming topics that fall under the competencies of regional governments in decentralized countries. Building upon the conclusions of the Conference, the nrg4SD will create a position paper, to sum up efforts towards the global challenges to be addressed next November.
Check on our Flickr the pictures of the Conference.