Follow-up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity beyond 2020

Follow-up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity beyond 2020

24 October 2017
Philippines

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View of the panel (L-R): Jonathan Barzdo, Deputy Secretary General, Ramsar Convention; John Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES; Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, CBD

Coverage of the Side Event "Follow-up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity beyond 2020" at the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12)

Presented by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CMS, Ramsar Convention, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

This session, moderated by Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, CBD, centered on the preparation process of the follow-up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity beyond 2020, and the efforts made by the secretariats of respective biodiversity conventions to align and synergize in terms of respective strategic plans and actions.

Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, CBD, reviewed the current status of the post-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, and stressed that the process is an opportunity for synergies among different conventions and other policy arenas, including those on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She explained how the post-2020 Strategic Plan on Biodiversity builds on the current plan, using the Aichi Targets as a starting point.

Ines Verleye, CMS, presented the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species (SPMS) 2015-2023, adopted in CMS COP11, and explained that the SPMS indicators will be adopted at CMS COP12. She emphasized the plan puts CMS commitments into broader political commitments, and said SPMS indicators are “migratory species cut” of biodiversity indicators, to evaluate progress on implementation of CMS as well as the Aichi Targets.

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Jonathan Barzdo, Deputy Secretary General, Ramsar Convention, emphasized that “participating in this coordination process” is an important starting point.

John Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES, highlighted the CITES Secretariat’s active engagement in the preparation process of the post-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. He stressed the importance of collaborative and positive coordination made so far among respective secretariats of biodiversity conventions, and allying these efforts with the SDGs implementation.

Jonathan Barzdo, Deputy Secretary General, Ramsar Convention, explained that the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands decided at COP12 in 2015 to review the 4th Strategic Plan at COP14 in 2021 and establish the modality and scope of this review at COP13 in 2018 taking into account the outcomes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the SDGs; the work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); and the review of the of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. He stressed the current efforts to create synergies among different biodiversity conventions through the alignment of the Strategic Plans with the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity which is very relevant in terms of Contracting Parties reporting to both Conventions and as well as on the SDGs process.

In the ensuing discussion, participants discussed, inter alia: the need for better coordination at all levels, including among respective secretariats, national focal points and relevant ministries; and developing specific and measurable indicators for the respective Strategic Plans.

Reported by IISD