As the Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform (R4BLP) members welcome 2018, a crucial time for fruitful contributions and actions, they also plan and prioritize thematic areas aligned with their regional agendas and those of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Biodiversity Conference.
The learning platform will continue to empower subnational governments to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (ABTs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by taking a practical look at a wide range of solutions to biodiversity loss and using their on the ground experience to share knowledge among themselves. With that set of intentions in their agenda, the regions’ will have a meaningful participation at the next meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA22) that will occur in July, 2-7, this year.
The SBSTTA 22 will be bring momentum to the regions’ contributions to the CBD in subjects such as management and biocontrol of Invasive Alien Species (IAS); their lessons learned on this matter will come in the form of an Informational Document that will be ready for submission to the CBD in the first trimester of 2018. This key document will incorporate the contributions of the CBD experts on the subject as well as other partner organizations. The objective of this paper is to contribute guidance to the Parties of the Convention on how states and regions are tackling invasive species in their territories and will showcase innovative solutions to this important issue.
In 2018, the learning cycle that the R4B members begun in early 2017 will continue with a series of webinars on the following themes:
- Conservation and sustainable use of pollinators;
- Marine and terrestrial protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures for achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11;
- Linking ABT’s and SDG’s;
- Partnerships with the productive sectors of agriculture for best environmental practices; and,
- Visiting Experts Program Experience: Quebec and Gossas.
It is a sound objective of the members to consolidate their leadership and participation in these series of webinars as well as in the external learning opportunities that can potentially benefit the member’s own agendas on biodiversity.
The members will also seize the opportunity to participate at nrg4SD’s leading annual event, the General Assembly. Hosted by Azuay, Ecuador, the Assembly (21-22 June, 2018) will be a decisive moment to prepare contributions and strategize for COP14. On the sidelines of the meeting, the regional Government of Azuay, nrg4SD among other partners from civil organizations and universities will organize the International Conference on Biodiversity, a series of events that will bring together key partners from different regions of the world and that will represent a unique chance for the regions to promote their best practices and learn from other initiatives.
The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 10 – 22 November 2018) with its focus on mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into the sectors of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing industry, and health, will be a unique platform for the members to expand their work as a network and actively participate and contribute guidance to this processes. The Summit for Local and Regional Governments will also represent an occasion for engaging with likeminded regions and organizations to harness synergies between initiatives and exchange views and experiences.
This year will be a crucial one for the members of the Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform in which their actions and contributions will be crystallized and their leadership consolidated.