Third Biodiversity Workshop - Summary report
EU-China dialogue on the road to COP15: 2030 Mission; Smart targets; Implementation, assessment, reporting, and review; ABCMs and ecological redlines
31 October – 1 November 2019, Beijing
Organized by the EU-China Environment Project

After a first and second workshops on 9-10 October 2018 and 13-14 May 2019, the EU-China Environment Project organized a third workshop on 31 October- 1 November 2020, in Beijing. On the road to COP15, it aimed at exchanging perspectives on topics that are currently being discussed internationally. The meeting was held under Chatham House rules. It gathered representatives from China, France, Germany, the European Commission, Norway, Switzerland, Expertise France, and IDDRI, as well as one post-2020 OEWG co-chair. 3


As land-use change has been identified as a major driver of biodiversity loss, the importance of establishing protected areas and spatial planning policies, regulations, and tools, was stressed. Spatial planning has very different levels of development and implementation worldwide, and COP15 could contribute to reinforcing them. The Chinese experience with the “ecological redlines” could be useful in this context. Aichi Target 11 was very successful, and SMART targets capturing the notions of area under protection and or OECM, management effectiveness, coherence, representativity,… should be considered.

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  • Aleksandar Rankovic