ClientEarth co-hosts Fourth EU – China Biodiversity Workshop

Aerial view over China's Zhangjiajie National Park

On 14 – 15 July, ClientEarth and the Workplace of the Govt Committee for CBD COP15 co-hosted a digital workshop on biodiversity on behalf of the EU – China Surroundings Challenge. The workshop was the fourth in a sequence targeted on dialogue in direction of the post-2020 World Biodiversity Framework to be agreed upon at COP15 in Kunming subsequent 12 months. The workshop was cut up right into a high-level section and several other in-depth discussions on precedence subjects resembling the following steps within the course of, the 2030 milestones and the 2050 visions, protected areas, entry and profit sharing, useful resource mobilisation and implementation mechanisms. Members included officers from China, the EU and member states, chosen coverage researchers, and a consultant of the CBD secretariat.

Opening remarks have been made by Zhuang Guotai, Vice-Minister of Ecology and Surroundings of China, and Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-Basic for Surroundings of the European Fee. All events additionally launched associated coverage developments, adopted by an alternate on learn how to put together a profitable COP15 on biodiversity. Throughout the high-level section, the EU aspect spoke on the political dedication to unravel the biodiversity disaster within the face of COVID19, and the way the Inexperienced Deal will help efforts to get better European economies extra sustainably.

There was recognition that COVID-19 has impacted the timetable in direction of the post-2020 World Biodiversity Framework, however it has not derailed the event in direction of an formidable settlement. Nonetheless, each side now have extra time to discover targets and mechanisms and are available to settlement on a powerful framework. Members agreed on the necessity to put biodiversity on the agenda at chief summits. There was additionally consensus that agreeing on targets is one factor, however the difficult half is the implementation on the bottom. This may require an improved implementation mechanism going ahead. Additional alignment between implementation mechanisms of the CBD and different biodiversity-related conventions, additionally together with the UNFCCC, could be fascinating.

Vice-Minister Zhuang: “We should come to settlement on a powerful international biodiversity framework on the COP, which is formidable, scientific, real looking and embraced by all events. The EU – China exchanges helps us come nearer to this purpose.”

Performing Director-Basic for Surroundings of the European Fee, Joanna Drake: ”We wish to work carefully with China. China, as chair of the following COP, may have a key function to play. We might want to usher in developed and growing nations and the EU will do its utmost to facilitate a profitable closing end result.”

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