The Fifth Science Policy Forum for Biodiversity and The Eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science

Event Dates : 13, 14, 19, 21 and 23 April 2021

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"Contributions from science to policy making and implementation"

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). IUBS is one of the organisers of the forum. 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. 

In particular, participants will discuss options and solutions to facilitate the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, including potential nature-based solutions for tackling both biodiversity loss and climate change challenges based on solid scientific knowledge and evidence. They will also identify key knowledge gaps and priorities for science-policy research, needs for capacity building and opportunities for increased technical and scientific cooperation.

In light of the postponement of COP 15, and consequently of the fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and ICSS 8, to October 2021, the co-organizers have decided to organize a virtual segment of the above events to keep the momentum and provide science-based inputs into the process for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The joint sessions were initially planned to take place in October 2020, prior to the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the postponement, the co-organizers have decided to convene the above virtual sessions, ahead of the planned parallel events at COP 15, in order to maintain the momentum and to use the opportunity to provide science-based input to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The conclusions and recommendations of the joint virtual sessions will be submitted, as appropriate, to the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) and the third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020 3).


Event Organizers

The virtual sessions are jointly organized by IUBS, the Consortium of Scientific Partners on Biodiversity, the University of Tokyo (Institute for Future Initiatives), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the UN Environment Programme-International Ecosystem Management Partnership, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, the International Science Council, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the University of Stockholm and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research. The other contributors include the United Nations Development Programme, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Bonn (West African Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network, NatureServe, VertNet and the Young Ecosystem Service Specialists.


13 April 2021:       Opening
                                   SESSION 1 – Part 1: A framework for transition: towards the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)
                                   BREAKOUT GROUP 1: Advancing solutions for transition
                                   BREAKOUT GROUP 2: Enabling conditions for transitioning to zero net habitat loss (zero net deforestation, land degradation and land use change)

15 April 2021:       SESSION 2: Round table on biodiversity monitoring and data

19 April 2021:       SESSION 3: Harnessing science, technology and innovations to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework
                                   BREAKOUT GROUP 1: Biodiversity, Climate and Livelihoods: Implications for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
                                   BREAKOUT GROUP 2: The current landscape of renewable energy technologies and applications, and its impact on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

21 April 2021:       SESSION 4: Links between loss of biodiversity, climate change and zoonotic diseases

24 April 2021:       SESSION 5: Young Scholars and Professionals Session: Ecological Restoration - framing challenges and opportunities.


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