The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP), which aims for nations to adopt a new global framework for the protection of biodiversity and addresses the mainstreaming of biodiversity into economic sectors and society, is taking place in two parts over 2021 and 2022, and starts today.
- Part 1 is taking place virtually between 11-15 October 2021. Its high-level segment is focused on driving the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
- Part 2 will be held in Kunming, China, 25 April – 8 May 2022, and will include face-to-face negotiations and the finalisation and adoption of the global biodiversity framework.
IPIECA's role at CBD COP15
As an observer to the United Nations, IPIECA has played a key role in attending preparatory meetings, providing feedback on the draft framework, and making interventions on behalf of the IPIECA membership. IPIECA will be attending part 1 this week and will report insights and updates from the meetings back to our member companies.
Business and biodiversity week
Following part 1 of COP15, the CBD Secretariat and the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity is organizing a Business and biodiversity week, 18-22 October, to continue discussion on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the role of business. The event will include sessions dedicated to the mainstreaming of biodiversity across a variety of sectors, including the energy sector, and will act as a precursor to the Business and Biodiversity Forum that will take place during COP15 part 2 next year.
IPIECA and the Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI) will be taking part in two sessions:
- Powering our future: lessons from the energy sector on addressing climate and biodiversity, 21 October, 12:00 BST, Steven Dickinson (TotalEnergies, IPIECA Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Working Group Vice Chair).
- Mainstreaming biodiversity across sectors: what does it really mean? 19 October, 12:00 BST, Michael Torrance (BMO, CSBI).
Working with the industry to protect biodiversity
IPIECA and IOGP have been jointly working on biodiversity and ecosystem services issues for almost 20 years. Our programme of work covers biodiversity reporting and metrics, biodiversity action plans, alien invasive species and peer-to-peer workshops to train others in the industry on IPIECA/IOGP’s good practice guidance. By bringing together experts from the membership, wider industry and stakeholders we produce and share practical guidance and tools across the industry to enable it to play a contributing role to global conservation goals.