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23 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day5: 23rd April 2021

(All times mentioned below are in Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone.)

Session 5 : Young Scholars and Professionals Session: Ecological Restoration - framing challenges and opportunities (6:00 am - 7:30 am)

The UN has declared 2021-2030 as the UN Decade of Ecological Restoration. In this session we have invited young scholars and professionals to discuss and give examples of new initiatives of ecological restoration and nature-based solutions from many different habitats in many different parts of the world. 

SDG Labs - Biodiversity-Solutions for Change (7:45 am - 8:45 am)

The SDG LABS is a virtual session with 5 teams from different continents, addressing how various biodiversity-utilizing approaches can be used as a soliton for achieving sustainability. The biodiversity-based SDG Labs are groups that bring together participants from a range of research disciplines and sectors of society to develop solutions to complex problems that help to make progress towards implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Closing Session (8:45 am - 9:15 am)

Remarks will be made by representatives of co-organizing institutions.

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21 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day4: 21st April 2021

Session 4: Links between loss of biodiversity, climate change and zoonotic diseases

(10:00 am - 11:30 am Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone)

Today, more than ever before, the links between biodiversity loss and the emergence of new zoonotic diseases such as Ebola and COVID-19 are undeniable.  “The continuing loss of biodiversity on a global scale represents both direct and indirect threats to our health and wellbeing. Biodiversity loss and ecosystem change, including through land use change, habitat fragmentation and loss, and climate change, can increase the risk of disease emergence and spread among people, animals and other living species.” An IPBES Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics also noted that pandemics will emerge more often and spread more rapidly in the future, unless there is a transformative change in the global approach to dealing with the links between nature degradation and zoonotic diseases.

This session will focus on the issue of health and biodiversity. Scientists will discuss and make recommendations to guide the world community on possible ways to avoid or minimize future pandemics by restoring the balance between nature and humans.

Followed by Q&A

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19 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day3: 19th April 2021

(All times mentioned below are in Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone.)

Session 3: Harnessing science, technology and innovations to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework  (6:00 am - 6:35 am)

This session will provide an opportunity to further discuss how science, technology and innovation could be better harnessed to support the implementation of the post 2020 global biodiversity framework, especially at the regional, national and local levels. This will build on the outcomes of the UN Summit on Biodiversity (Leaders’ Dialogue 2) held in September 2020.

Breakout Group 1 (6:35 am - 7:40 am)
Biodiversity, Climate and Livelihoods: Implications for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The breakout discussion will consider the following questions:

  1. Successful policy requires understanding of the relationship between nature and livelihoods. What gaps in sciences still need to be filled?
  2. On management, what are the enabling conditions for better solutions to the intertwined crises of biodiversity and ecosystems, climate change and livelihoods?

Breakout Group 2 (6:35 am - 7:40 am)

The current landscape of renewable energy technologies and applications, and its impact on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

Breakout group 2 will consider the following questions:

  • How different renewable energy technologies can drive ecosystem change and contribute to biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration as nature-based solutions (NbS)?
  • How can we promote a sustainable energy transition without losing biodiversity and producing negative social impacts?
  • How policies and projects of renewable energy and NbS can be operationalized and implemented to achieve the targets of the Global Biodiversity Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals?

Closing (7:40 am - 8:00 am)
Return of all participants to the plenary to report final conclusions

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15 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day2: 15th April 2021

Session2Round table on biodiversity monitoring and data

This roundtable will explore measures needed to improve the mobilization and sharing of data, information and knowledge required to support the implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Participants will, inter alia, explore options for promoting the establishment of biodiversity monitoring systems and protocols, discuss policies and best practices to ensure that data is shared in standardized formats to enable re-use and universal access; and identify indicators and tools to ensure that data, information and knowledge are made available in formats that can support policy and decision making, planning and implementation relating to biodiversity.

Block 1: The data challenge

Block 2: Key data needs

Block 3: The data and monitoring investment

Final discussion, questions from audience

Reinforce key messages and aim for ‘call for action’ responses with a particular focus on upcoming SBSTTA and SBI meetings. 

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13 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

5th Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity Day1: Opening Session: 13th April 2021

(All times mentioned below are in Montreal, QC, Canada (GMT-4) timezone.)

13 April 2021: Opening of the joint event (6:00 am - 6:30 am)
SESSION 1 – Part 1: A framework for transition: towards the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)

The Co-chairs on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will present the goals, targets and indicators in the draft framework, and key scientists will provide an overview of how science, including social sciences, could better support planning, policy making, implementation and monitoring.

Breakout Group 1Advancing solutions for transition (7:45 am - 8:40 am)

This session will explore the feasibility, approaches, needs, opportunities and challenges of using scenarios and models as possible practical solutions to inform policymaking and decision-making towards the achievement of the Zero net biodiversity loss.Through this session, speakers and participants will discuss how new NFF can be operationalized and localized to achieve the targets of the Global Biodiversity Framework and several of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Breakout Group 2Enabling conditions for transitioning to zero net habitat loss (zero net deforestation, land degradation and land use change) (7:45 am - 8:40 am)

This breakout group will reflect on findings of recent research reports, such as the IUBS Report on “Actions on sustainable food production and consumption for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework”, to facilitate a dialogue with 2 experts followed by questions and answers.

Followed by Q&A

CLOSING: (8:40 am - 9:00 am)
Return of all participants to the plenary to report final conclusions

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13 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Event

Organization of Fifth Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity

The joint fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS 8) will include five virtual sessions to be held on 13, 14, 19, 21 and 23 April 2021. The sessions will last up to 120 minutes, starting at 6 am (Montreal Time). The event is financially supported by University of Tokyo and IUBS.

The objective of this Science-Policy dialogue would aim to provide space for scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to discuss and make recommendations on how science, technology and innovation could contribute to the effective implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in order to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and obtain positive biodiversity outcomes and foster transformative change towards achieving the 2050 Vision. 

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13 Apr 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum · Supported Event · Event

Organization of Fifth Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity

The joint fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS 8) will include five virtual sessions to be held on 13, 14, 19, 21 and 23 April 2021. The sessions will last up to 120 minutes, starting at 6 am (Montreal Time). The event is financially supported by University of Tokyo and IUBS.

The objective of this Science-Policy dialogue would aim to provide space for scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to discuss and make recommendations on how science, technology and innovation could contribute to the effective implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in order to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and obtain positive biodiversity outcomes and foster transformative change towards achieving the 2050 Vision. 

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23 Mar 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum

IUBS scientists propose recommendations for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Working with an international, multidisciplinary team, IUBS scientists have published an article in Science Advances: “Actions on sustainable food production and consumption for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.” The article reviews eight actions for addressing biodiversity loss in food systems – from removing incentives harmful to biodiversity to reducing food waste and promoting sustainable diets – and examines the challenges and opportunities of implementing the actions in the UK and Peru.

The article proposes targets for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's post-2020 global biodiversity framework. In combination with broader actions by diverse actors, the targets can support transformative change for sustainable food systems.

 

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23 Mar 2021 · Science for Biodiversity Forum

IUBS scientists propose recommendations for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Working with an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers, IUBS scientists have published an article in Science Advances, entitled “Actions on sustainable food production and consumption for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.” The article reviews eight actions for addressing biodiversity loss in food systems:

(1) Removing incentives that make food production and consumption harmful to biodiversity,

(2) Accounting for the true value and costs of production by sector,

(3) Reducing food waste and loss across supply chains,

(4) Strengthening sustainability standards and certification,

(5) Promoting the use of product lifecycle assessments,

(6) Promoting sustainable and varied diets,

(7) Mainstreaming biodiversity considerations in food systems, and

(8) Strengthening the governance of sustainable food production and consumption.

Drawing upon the UK and Peru as case studies, the authors investigate the challenges and opportunities of implementing eight actions for sustainable food production and consumption to address biodiversity loss. From this analysis, the article presents targets and indicators related to food production and consumption for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's post-2020 global biodiversity framework. These targets, in combination with broader actions by diverse agents of change, can support urgently-needed transformative change for sustainable food systems.

At the time of IUBS General Assembly in 2019, a global new agenda for biodiversity for the next decade was constructed. Details can be found here

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