The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
A ‘now or never opportunity for nature’
Following delays due to the global COVID19 pandemic, governments are preparing to come together in 2021 to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (COP 15) in Kunming, China.
This post 2020 deal for nature and people is a stepping stone towards achieving the CBD 2050 Vision of ‘Living in harmony with nature’. It will replace and must improve on the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which has failed to stem the devastating decline in biodiversity.
With the impacts of this failure to protect nature now threatening not only our well-being but our very survival, the coming decade represents a ‘now or never’ opportunity to put in place and deliver a transformational new framework to better safeguard, conserve and restore biodiversity for people and the planet.
The new framework must halt and start to reverse the loss of biodiversity so that we are 'nature positive' by 2030. It must transform how we value nature and unlock its full potential in underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on climate and a green recovery that helps us build back better from the devasting pandemic, itself a result of our imbalance with nature.
BirdLife support for the development and implementation of the new framework
As the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, with local roots and global reach informed by internationally-recognised science, BirdLife is uniquely placed to help guide and develop the post-2020 framework and mobilise support for its implementation.
In the run-up to COP15, BirdLife is actively involved in discussions and in sharing of evidence and expertise on the post-2020 framework with governments, business, academia, NGOs and other civil society, through formal and informal meetings, reports, scientific papers and position papers.
- Lead co-authorship of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) landmark global assessment report, which is being used to guide the development of the new framework;
- Involvement in regional and thematic consultations and meetings of the CBD’s Open-Ended Working Group on the post-2020 framework;
- Dialogues with national governments through our network of 115 national Partners;
- The development of position papers for discussion with Parties to the Convention and other stakeholders.
BirdLife position papers on the post-2020 framework
The current 2050 Vision states that, by 2050,
"biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people."
Below are some of the positions we have developed on elements of the post-2020 framework and related policy processes, elaborating on how the vision can be achieved, through elements such as a mission, principles, goals, targets, indicators and synergies with other conventions. Many of these positions are also available on the CBD’s post-2020 website, which also provides much more information about the process of developing the post-2020 framework, including a timeline of key events.
Response to drafts of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework:
- Reflections on the zero draft post-2020 global biodiversity framework (for second meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-2), Convention on Biological Diversity, February 2020)
- Key asks for a transformational post-2020 global biodiversity framework (two-page summary of BirdLife’s key messages for the zero draft of the framework, February 2020)
Current positions from the BirdLife Partnership:
- Key elements for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework
- Implementation of the post-2020 framework
- A species-focused target for the post-2020 framework
- A site conservation target for the post-2020 framework
- Marine and coastal conservation in the post-2020 framework
- Connectivity and international cooperation in the post-2020 framework
- Mainstreaming of biodiversity in the post-2020 framework
- Transformative change for the post-2020 framework
- Nature-based solutions for the nature, climate and sustainable development agendas
- Renewable energy development for the nature, climate and sustainable development agendas
Joint statements/briefings with other organisations:
- Feedback on the updated zero draft of the post-2020 GBF: joint NGO discussion paper on annex to CBD/POST2020/PREP/2/1 (January 2021)
- Four steps for the Earth: mainstreaming the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (briefing based on co-authored research paper, January 2021)
- Promoting nature-based solutions in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (joint paper with PEDRR and FEBA, October 2020)
- Call to action for an equitable, carbon-neutral, nature-positive world, submitted to the UN General Assembly Summit on Biodiversity (from 16 environment and development organisations, as part of a wider, coordinated set of calls to action, September 2020)
- A Global Goal for Nature: nature-positive by 2030 (September 2020)
- The need to restore nature AND cut emissions (joint letter outlining four high-level principles for nature-based solutions, May 2020)
- Nature-based solutions for climate change: key messages for decision makers in 2020 and beyond (joint letter to the new UNFCCC COP26 President, February 2020)
- Making the implementation mechanism an effective pillar of the post-2020 framework: key recommendations for the thematic consultation on “transparent implementation, monitoring, reporting and review” (joint statement with 11 other international conservation and development NGOs, February 2020)
- Call for an ambitious global biodiversity framework on World Wetlands Day 2020: open letter by the International Organization Partners to the Convention on Wetlands (February 2020)
- Pillars of a Deal for Nature and People in 2020 (joint statement with 9 other major international conservation NGOs, October 2019)
- Protecting half the planet: a new High Seas biodiversity treaty in 2020 (joint statement from the High Seas Alliance, October 2019)
- Key Biodiversity Areas: focussing the post-2020 biodiversity framework (joint position from the KBA Partnership, September 2018)
- Key elements and innovations for the post-2020 framework: a collaborative discussion piece (joint input to CBD with 9 other major international conservation NGOs, November 2018)