A presentation by Aleksandar  Rankovic during a side event organised by IDDRI, FNI (Fridtjof Nansens Institute) and PBL (Netherlands environmental assessment agency)at the 2nd meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Subsidiary Body on Implementation. 

The executive Secretary of the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity), Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, is expected to open this side event.

The global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity with the Aichi Targets will expire in 2020, and a process has already started to take stock of the lessons learned and plan for a post 2020 framework. Most will agree that this process should include governance, policy and law, but in practice specialists in this particular area are often not involved. ‘Biodiversity science’ should be complemented with a social science dimension and for that a group of academics, analysts and practitioners with a specific knowledge and interest in this field has created a network named ‘Rethinking Biodiversity Governance’. The aim of the network is both to share knowledge and bridge the gap between academic work and ongoing policy discussions and to promote new research.

One of the questions we are interested in as governance researchers is what lessons a post 2020 framework could learn from the post 2020 climate change framework known as the Paris Agreement. How can non-state action on biodiversity be enhanced to the level on climate change? Should the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) system of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans be replaced or supplemented by a Nationally Determined Contributions system as laid down in the Paris Agreement? And how could the climate change and biodiversity regimes work better together to combat climate change threats to biodiversity and promote win-win actions? These are some of the issues we will discuss at the side event besides raising awareness of the Network and invite input on what topics the Network should be engaged in.

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