Highlights and images for 21 November 2018



On the fifth day of the Rio Conventions Pavilion, participants convened in a series of panel and roundtable discussions under the overall theme of ‘Rethinking Biodiversity Governance for Transformative Change.’ The discussions focused on:

  • Imagining how the transformative change agenda can support the achievement of the objectives of the three Rio Conventions, as well as other biodiversity-related multilateral agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Exchanging good practices on improved biodiversity governance for transformative change;
  • Exploring ways of improving biodiversity governance in the design and implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework; and
  • Enhance the contribution of non-state actors to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

The Day was co-organized by Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), Strathclyde University, SwedBio - Stockholm Resilience Centre (SwedBio/SRC), UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and Agence Française pour la Biodiversité (AFB).

Photos by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis

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Global changes and biodiversity governance
From L-R: Lin Li, World Wildlife Foundation for Nature (WWF) International; Jonathan Pickering, University of Canberra; Trevor Sandwith, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Wageningen University and Research (WUR); and Marcel Kok, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
Lin Li, WWF International
Marcel Kok, PBL
Trevor Sandwith, IUCN
Aleksandar Rankovic, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
The conventions landscape in a post-2020 context
View of the panel during the session
Andreas Obrecht, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Jerry Harrison, UNEP-WCMC
Sonia Peña Moreno, IUCN
Akane Nakamura, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Human rights and biodiversity: How to design the post-2020 governance system
Claudia Ituarte-Lima, SwedBio - Stockholm Resilience Centre (SwedBio/SRC)
Mika Schröder, Univeristy of Strathclyde
Tristan Tyrrell, SwedBio/SRC
Philippe Puydarrieux, IUCN
Engaging businesses in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
Jaco du Toit, WWF UK
Yann Laurans, IDDRI
François Gauthiez, AFB
Jonathan Ekstrom, Biodiversity Consultancy
The future of biodiversity governance for civil society
Jinfeng Zhou, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF)
Kristina Raab, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UfZ)
Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, France
Florence Daguitan, Tebtebba
From L-R: Florence Daguitan, Tebtebba; Mika Schröder, Univeristy of Strathclyde; Kristina Raab, UfZ; and Jinfeng Zhou, CBCGDF
Local governance – the key role of cities and other sub-national initiatives in transformative change for biodiversity
Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO)
Ingrid Coetzee, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
Cyrille Barnérias, AFB
Laura Tozer, Durham University
Post-2020 – Policy panel
Edda Fernandez, Mexico
Neville Ash, UNEP-WCMC
Humberto Delgado Rosa, European Commission
Basile van Havre, Canada
From L-R: Edda Fernandez, Mexico; Basile van Havre, Canada; Humberto Delgado Rosa, European Commission; Elisabeth Chouraki, France; and Neville Ash, UNEP-WCMC
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