Regional governments launch “Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action” during COP14

The Call for Action is an open invitation for vertical integration of multi-level governance to accelerate global ambitions in Biodiversity up to 2020 and beyond, in the “Sharm El-Sheikh to Beijing Action Agenda for Nature and People”

  • Eight regions in eight countries are the first to take part in the Call for Action, which is open to other leading governments to join.
  • Together, the regions that are promoting the call represent over 2800 municipalities and nearly 2 million km2 of territory. In aggregate at the global level also through decentralized cooperation, regions and subnational governments invest at least the same volume of resources into biodiversity as the world’s 200 national governments.
  • The document includes 5 commitments and opens doors for a global partnership between subnational governments and Parties to the CBD, political and technical leaders, and subnational networks.
  • Subnational action has increased 50% in the last 5 years in the most recent biodiversity strategies and action plans and reports of the Parties to the Convention[1].

Eight regions across the world launch the Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action an open call for collaboration and support of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) during COP14 to accelerate the implementation of the global biodiversity framework up to 2020 and beyond. The eight regions are: Aichi (Japan), Campeche[2] (Mexico), Catalonia (Spain), Gossas (Senegal), Gangwon (South Korea), Palawan (Philipines), Québec (Canada) and São Paulo (Brazil).

The Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action is a milestone in National-subnational cooperation as a clear call for collaboration and support to the Parties while it reaffirms the subnational commitment towards the realization of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020 and beyond. The call for action includes five strategic commitments:

Due to their strategic position and sphere of competence, regional governments are also key to ensure vertical integration of biodiversity policies from the urban level to the national, including on urban-rural linkages for sustainable use of productive landscapes, mainstreaming biodiversity into the economy, connectivity of ecosystems, awareness and inclusiveness of civil society and other stakeholders in biodiversity protection action. They are also crucial in ensuring the coordination of the actions developed by all governmental levels and in translating global commitments into concrete territorial action.

nrg4SD members and Secretariat together with Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, CDB’s Executive Secretary

Subnational governments play a critical role for the Biodiversity Convention and for achieving the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. They manage the urban-rural linkages that contribute to sustainable use of biodiversity. Other attributes of subnational governments that are important to the Convention include vertical coordination of Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans between different levels of government, but also the design and operation of positive economic incentives, and greener businesses regulation” said Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN Assistant Secretary general and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

“The Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action urges regional governments and Parties to come together to amplify their collective ambition towards 2020 and ensure strong subnational component for the post 2020 biodiversity framework. The action plan enables the successful realization of previous CBD commitments – underscoring the importance of a joint task force’s role in making progress” said Natalia Vera, Secretary General of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD.

The Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action is led by the Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments and Biodiversity (AC SNG) to the CBD, coordinated by the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD, with the support of the CBD and ICLEI. The call for action embraces other initiatives equally crucial to the achievement of this ambition: the Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform (R4BLP), led by nrg4SD and officially supported by the CBD; and the Group of Leading Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets (GoLS), coordinated by the Government of Aichi. Both platforms provide technical capacity building and political support, respectively, to subnational governments seeking to make an impact.

Members and partners of the Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action

The Coalition gives life to the CBD Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments, in which nrg4SD plays a fundamental role as coordinator. Our efforts recall the importance of subnational action in mainstreaming biodiversity, especially by linking urban and rural areas through territorial and Ecosystem-Based Approaches.” HE Mr. Paul Carrasco, President South of nrg4SD and Prefect of the Province of Azuay, Ecuador.

“In 2010, the Parties offered the subnational governments a unique opportunity through Decision X/22 to play an active role in biodiversity global governance. Through the Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments for Biodiversity, we have taken the occasion to create a permanent platform with strong subnational leadership that actively contributes to the efforts of the CBD. The Advisory Committee just adopted a Plan of Action that actively engages the subnational governments towards a stronger participation in the post 2020 global Biodiversity framework and, as co-coordinator of the Committee, Québec is prepared to act in order to strengthen the involvement of subnational Governments in the new global biodiversity framework” said Mr. Jean Lemire, Special Envoy for Climate Change and Northern and Artic Issues, Government of Québec, Canada.

The subnational governments play an increasing role for the biodiversity conservation while building new partnerships. São Paulo State, in Brazil, is finding new tools to link  the day by day of people, companies and local governments, like the Economic Ecological Zonning, the creation of state protected areas and the integration of the main agendas, like SDGs, climate change and biodiversity.” HE Mr. Eduardo Trani, Secretary of Environmental Affairs, State Government of São Paulo, Brazil.

GoLS is a voluntary group of subnational governments making efforts to contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action, built by many subnational governments under the flag of the Advisory Committee, is an epoch-making step for all of us. We, GoLS will completely endorse and promote this initiative, which shares the exact same value with GoLS.” Hon. Mr. Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi, Japan.

Please see the Spanish and French versions of this note.

[1] Key note speech of the  Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer at the International Conference on Biodiversity: A Territorial Rights based Approach to Biodiversity, Cuenca, Ecuador, 21-22 June 2018.

[2] Campeche is President to the Asociación Nacional de Autoridades Ambientales Estatales (ANAAE)- the Mexican association of subnational environmental authorities that gathers all Environmental Secretaries of State of Mexico.

About the Advisory Committee on Subnational Governments and Biodiversity (AC SNG)

The AC SNG was established in 2010, following CBD Decision X/22, from COP 10, in Nagoya, to support the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities for Biodiversity (2011-2010), a landmark recognition to subnational governments and its contribution to the CBD. nrg4SD acts as the coordinator of the AC SNG, promoting dialogue among its members, the Parties and the Secretariat of the Convention to successfully implement the global biodiversity goals and targets.

Current members of the AC SNG are: Aichi (Japan), Andra Pradesh (India), Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (Francia), Basque Country (Spain), Campeche (Mexico), Catalonia (Spain), Fatick (Senegal), Gangwon (South Korea), Goias (Brazil), Gossas (Senegal), Lombardy (Italy), North Rhine Westphalia (Germany), Ontario (Canada), Palawan (Philipines), Paraná (Brazil), Quebec (Canada), São Paulo (Brazil), Sichuan (China), Wales (UK) and Walga (Australia).

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