Background and issues

The international community − both States and the civil society − has long been engaged in halting biodiversity loss, with concrete efforts in this direction being undertaken through public policy measures, economic instruments and voluntary initiatives by stakeholders of all kinds. Despite limited local successes, current assessments and projections regarding habitat loss, extinction rates of species and the projected decline in ecosystem services over the 21 st century are getting increasingly pessimistic by the day.

After the failure to meet international targets set for 2010, the major international commitments currently structuring international efforts date back to the COP10 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya. It seems unlikely that these “Aichi Targets” (as they are commonly called) for halting biodiversity loss by 2020 will be achieved. A true crisis of governance and action is underfoot. It is therefore essential to already begin a process of reflection for potential options to advance the international framework for the governance of biodiversity.

Moreover, in 2011, France adopted a national strategy for biodiversity which translates the international objectives to its national context. The timeframe for review of this national strategy is similar to the review timeframe set out by the CBD at the international level. In this context, IDDRI, with the support of the French Biodiversity Agency, is developing a three-year project aimed at supporting the strengthening of ambition and efficiency of international biodiversity governance post-2020.

Objectives

This project comprises three main lines of action:

  1. Generating proposals based on analysis and research studies (both theoretical and field work).
     
  2. Identifying and building a network of state and non-state actors to contribute to the analytical/research work but also to act as its interlocutor within institutional frameworks.
     
  3. Interacting and communicating with institutional players to bring these proposals to international negotiations and help promote their translation into policy commitments.

The international evaluation and review outcomes should also be used to inform national discussions, not
only due to the parallel structures of both strategies, but also with a view to using the international
assessment of obstacles and actionable levers to guide the revision of the National Biodiversity Strategy
(SNB in French).