Rankovic, A., Shen, X. (2019). First Biodiversity Workshop - Summary Report: Sharing perspectives on CBD implementation and options for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, 9-10 October 2018, Beijing. EU-China Environment Project.

Summary [extract]

Two years before the deadline of the Strategic Action Plan 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and with increasing indications that most Aichi targets will not be met, discussions to prepare the post-2020 global biodiversity framework are starting. It is important to multiply the occasions for involved experts to discuss the options on the table for post-2020, and share views about what could be done to improve the implementation of the CBD at the national level. An international workshop was held in Beijing on 9-10 October 2018 to discuss the success and limitations in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the options for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and the links between biodiversity and poverty eradication.

Across the world, the increase of productive activities, especially in the sectors of food, fiber, and energy to meet the demands of a growing world population with a growing per capita consumption rate, have led to increasing levels of impact to ecosystems. Given the projected trends, the post-2020 framework will likely face an even more challenging context than its predecessors, and deep transformations are needed to curb the decline of biodiversity worldwide. The decisions taken at COP15 should contribute to these transformations.

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