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The year 2020 will be one of negotiation of new global biodiversity commitments within the international Convention on Biological Diversity, ten years after the Aichi Targets. The “COP15” of this Convention, to be held in China, will be a major international meeting that many see as a crucial moment in the policy dynamics to attempt to halt the accelerated loss of biodiversity.

A meeting of this kind will only have an impact if it does not remain the exclusive concern of governments. For exemple, the momentum built for climate ahead of COP21 was accompanied by important commitments by private companies and local authorities. Some of them are still spurring on action today and taking over from governmental action when it falls short of implementing the promise ecological transition. Making 2020 a turning point for global policy for biodiversity will imply similar mobilisation, which is not a given at present. In France, some initial movements are taking shape, after the launch of’Act4Nature d’Entreprises pour l’Environnement in July 2018.

In order to develop mobilisation at the proper scale, there are a number of practical and political questions we need to answer:

How can we successfully mobilise private companies for biodiversity and the CBD? Using which approaches? On which levels? How can we articulate local and global mobilisation? What does this mobilisation actually imply? How does it tie in with agendas and processes? How can we understand the position of private companiesb with respect to biodiversity and to the international commitments made by governments?

Two speakers who are closely concerned will discuss these questions.

The presentations and debate will be led by Yann Laurans, Director of IDDRI’s biodiversity programme.