Towards a Paris Agreement for nature

2021 is an important year for worldwide biodiversity. The Biodiversity Summit (CBD CoP15) will take place in Kunming, China. At this summit, world leaders will negotiate a new global biodiversity framework and action agenda to ensure the planet’s viability. The objective is to set ambitious 2030 targets to conserve and restore biodiversity, following the example of the Paris Agreement for climate.

Facts

  • The Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warns that one million plant and animal species now face the threat of extinction
  • The Convention on Biological Diversity is the most important international treaty on biodiversity and nature
  • Of the 20 biodiversity targets for 2020, progress has been made on just four
  • Progress has been made on the target to protect at least 17% of terrestrial and inland water
  • The Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warns that one million plant and animal species now face the threat of extinction
  • The Convention on Biological Diversity is the most important international treaty on biodiversity and nature
  • Of the 20 biodiversity targets for 2020, progress has been made on just four
  • Progress has been made on the target to protect at least 17% of terrestrial and inland water

Dutch Action Agenda for Biodiversity

The Netherlands is also participating in the international Biodiversity Summit. IUCN NL, together with the Deltaplan Biodiversiteitsherstel and MVO Nederland, and with support from the Dutch government, is working on a Dutch action agenda for biodiversity, contributing to the 2030 targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The action agenda compiles pledges of non-state actors.

‘We humans possess the ability to articulate a vision of where we want to go, and to reach for it collectively. As the most powerful agents in our ecosystems, we also possess the ability to restore its balance —if we put our minds to it.’

Dr. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Tell us about your organisation’s contribution to biodiversity

We are calling on the business community, social organisations, knowledge institutions and citizens to contribute to the Netherlands’ action agenda by making a pledge. These pledges will collectively form the basis of the action agenda, which the Dutch delegation will take to Kunming.

Thanks to your pledge we will develop a collective Dutch contribution to the new, global biodiversity targets.

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Henk Simons

Senior Expert Nature Conservation

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Carl Königel

Senior Expert Ecosystems & Climate • Public Affairs Manager

Frequently asked questions about the Convention on Biological Diversity

  • What is the Convention on Biological Diversity?

    The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is one of the three conventions established at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In addition to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, a treaty to conserve biodiversity was also signed. In 2011, twenty specific targets were defined for the treaty, the Aichi targets. These strategic targets come to an end in 2020, which means that new targets must be defined. This will be addressed at the Biodiversity Summit in Kunming, China.
    The Convention on Biological Diversity has been signed by 196 countries and, as a result, is one of the most widely supported international environmental treaties. The Netherlands also signed the treaty.
    Signatory countries are obliged to conserve biodiversity, use biodiversity sustainably and distribute the costs and benefits of biodiversity fairly and equally between countries.

  • Why is the Convention on Biological Diversity important?

    The Convention on Biological Diversity is the ultimate international policy mechanism for addressing biodiversity loss. Global cooperation is crucial for tackling the loss of biodiversity, due to the numerous and transnational causes of the problem. The Biodiversity Summit represents the most important event at which this can be achieved.

  • How is the Convention on Biological Diversity process organised?

    The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity convene every two years to hold a Conference of Parties (CoP). During the conference more specific agreements are made on components of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and are elaborated. Targets are also established for protecting biodiversity over a longer period (10 years). Countries regularly report on their progress in achieving the targets. The summit in Kunming is the fifteenth edition of this conference (CoP15).
    In the run-up to the summit, various committees and working groups are involved in global, regional and thematic consultation. In preparation, participating countries can organise their own meetings to gather input from nature organisations, businesses, knowledge institutions and public authorities for the country’s contribution to the summit.

  • What role does the Netherlands play in the Convention on Biological Diversity?

    The Netherlands is one of the countries that signed the treaty in 1992 and will also attend the Biodiversity Summit. As a member of the European Union, the Netherlands is committed to the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.
    Therefore, it is important that the government now takes steps to develop a specific, ambitious Dutch contribution to the Convention in association with social organisations, businesses and citizens. They must develop an action agenda that demonstrates the Netherlands can contribute to the protection of biodiversity and is willing to do so. IUCN NL is calling on Dutch organisations to contribute to the Netherlands’ action agenda by making a pledge.

    Do you also want to make a pledge, or would you like more information? [add pledge page link]

  • What role does IUCN NL play in the Convention on Biological Diversity?

    IUCN NL is working towards an ambitious and broadly supported Dutch biodiversity agenda that contributes to the new biodiversity targets, with input from various groups in society. To achieve this we are calling on Dutch organisations to make a pledge.
    We focus on conserving and restoring biodiversity in the Netherlands, reducing the Netherlands’ biodiversity footprint abroad, and boosting biodiversity in the Netherlands’ international cooperation. We also strive for a collective, broadly supported Dutch position on the new targets that must be defined in 2021.

    Do you also want to make a pledge, or would you like more information? [link pledge pagina toevoegen]

  • What can I do to contribute to the Convention on Biological Diversity?

    Dutch businesses, social organisations, knowledge institutions and citizens can contribute to the new biodiversity targets by making a pledge for the Netherlands’ Action Agenda for Biodiversity.

    A pledge is a promise which, for example, could relate to the recovery of species, nature conservation or restoration, combating threats to biodiversity, creating awareness or inspiring others to take action.

    Each pledge on the Dutch action agenda contributes to the targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): conserving biodiversity, using biodiversity sustainably and distributing the benefits from biodiversity fairly and equally.
    Do you also want to make a pledge, or would you like more information? [link naar pledge pagina toevoegen]