Past event

The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and its Implications to International Ocean Governance MASTS Webinar with Daniela Diz (Heriot Watt University) - free

The Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are currently negotiating the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) for adoption at their next Conference of the Parties (COP) scheduled for October 2021 in China. The GBF will entail a set of global goals, targets and a monitoring framework that will replace the well-known Aichi Biodiversity Targets (2011-2020) as a means to achieve the 2050 vision of living in harmony with nature. The GBF will therefore constitute an important tool for the implementation of the objectives of the CBD related to the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity.

In this webinar, we will explore the state of play of the GBF negotiations with a focus on the draft GBF targets that are applicable to marine biodiversity, compare those with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and discuss their interface with the Sustainable Development Goal 14 on oceans and coasts, and other relevant policy and legal instruments. Special attention will be given to the GBF draft targets related to marine spatial planning, ecological connectivity, marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, fisheries, and nature-based solutions.