‘Our solutions are in nature’ is the theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity. The day provides an opportunity to celebrate achievements for the conservation of biodiversity as we near the end of the 2011-2020 United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.
2020 and 2021 are important years for biodiversity, marking a new decade and agenda of environmental action. The Convention for Biological Diversity Conference of Parties 15 (CBD COP 15) set to take place in 2021, Kunming, China, aims for nations to adopt a new global policy framework on biodiversity, and addresses mainstreaming biodiversity into economic sectors and society. Early next year (January 2021), the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress (IUCN WCC) will take place in Marseilles, France, with the goal of identifying pressing conservation issues and courses of action. IPIECA is engaging with various stakeholders and sharing the industry’s biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) management practices.
Since 2002, IPIECA and IOGP have actively worked to enhance biodiversity management in oil and gas industry activities by bringing together the experience and scientific knowledge from within and outside the industry. IPIECA also works closely with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and engages with the UN CBD Secretariat and other stakeholders such as IUCN, to monitor and track emerging issues and trends.
IPIECA members integrate BES conservation considerations into their business management systems, using a risk-based approach to manage the potential impacts to the environment. The mitigation hierarchy (avoid, minimise, restore, offset) offers the oil and gas industry and governments a framework for good practice management. Our recent brochure on Managing biodiversity and ecosystem services: Mainstreaming the mitigation hierarchy outlines the key messages on BES good practices for the industry. It has been translated into Chinese and Portuguese to extend its reach to international stakeholders in preparation for the two major events next year.