The COVID19 crisis has deep roots in how we interact with, manage, and conserve biodiversity. The crisis has shed new lights on wildlife management challenges in China, and has launched new reflections and developments of potential policy responses, including (but not limited to) bans on wildlife trade. As a strong symbol, the crisis also happened while China is preparing for the largest multilateral summit it has ever hosted on the environment: COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, initially planned for October 2020 in Kunming. At COP15, countries are expected to adopt a new international framework that should ideally provide a policy response to global biodiversity loss.

What are the challenges and opportunities that the COVID19 crisis has created for this international agenda, both on its calendar and the substance of discussions? What are its effects on the preparation of COP15 in China? What is the state of national policy discussions on biodiversity in China? How could we imagine stronger interlinkages between these conversations and concerns for planetary health?

Li Shuo, Greenpeace China, Aron White, Environmental Investigation Agency, and Aleksandar Rankovic, IDDRI, share and discuss their perspectives on these different questions.

This webinar is in English without translation.