FAO at the Biodiversity Conference COP14

The UN Biodiversity Conference COP-14 will define a process for the preparation for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s post-2020 global biodiversity framework. FAO’s role at COP 14 will be to highlight the results of the ongoing processes and initiatives supporting the achievements of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 across all sectors, and present FAO as a strong and reliable partner for the post 2020 framework.

The implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets need to be strongly enhanced and biodiversity mainstreaming will be crucial in that respect. 

FAO participation:

High-Level Segment UN Biodiversity Conference: “Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet”. Intervention René Castro, Assistant Director-General of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department, FAO 
Date: 14 November  at 10 am
Venue: Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center

Global Business and Biodiversity Forum Keynote Speech by René Castro, Assistant Director-General of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department, FAO
Date 14 November at 14:45
Venue:  Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center

Date 17 November 2018 at 13:15
Venue:  Aswan - JUSCANZ Room Building 2
The event will present steps undertaken by FAO to raise awareness about biodiversity mainstreaming in its Technical Bodies, and present outcomes of the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors that was organized by FAO and CBD in May 2018. The event will also reflect on two initiatives of the Programme of Work on Agricultural Biodiversity. Building upon the work of the International Pollinators Initiative, Plan of Action (2000-2015), and the SBSTTA recommendation 22/9, it will explore the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators and potential implementation pathways for the updated plan of action 2018-2030. It will further review the state of the art on global soil biodiversity and the way forward on how soil biodiversity would be addressed to support the achievement of the sustainable development agenda.

20 November 2018 at 13.15 -
M3 - IGOs Room - Building 2
Conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity for food and agriculture require a comprehensive understanding of the state and use of its components. With a view to improve this understanding, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture requested FAO to prepare the first report on The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture (Report). For this first global assessment of all biodiversity relevant to food and agriculture, more than 90 countries have assessed the state of their biodiversity for food and agriculture, and over 25 international organizations have shared information on their work related to biodiversity for food and agriculture. The Report will be a milestone in the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, and will contribute in many ways to the achievement of Aichi Targets and to the Sustainable Development Goals. The event will present key findings and messages from this major assessment scheduled to be launched early 2019. It will also focus on the importance of this process to the development and implementation of actions to better conserve and use in a sustainable way the biodiversity on which food and agriculture depend.

21 November 2018 at 16.15
El Salam - Contact Group 4 Room - Building 1
As implied by their name, the Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) are area-based measures, other than designated protected areas, that are used to manage various economic activities, and that make an effective contribution to broader in-situ conservation of biodiversity (composition, structure and function). In fisheries, these areas play an important role in the sustainability of target resources. The potential for many of them to be considered as (or upgraded to) fishery-OECMs is receiving increasing international attention because of their potential to: (i) improve the sector’s contribution to Aichi Target 11, providing biodiversity conservation outcomes that complement those of protected areas; (ii) increase the visibility and effectiveness of such contribution; and (iii)  strengthen the ecosystem approach to fisheries tool-box(EAF) The definition and guidance produced at the CBD Expert Meeting on OECMs in Montreal in  February 2018, were accepted after minor modifications as CBD.SBSTTA/22/L.2 recommendation and have been forwarded for further consideration and adoption at the CBD COP 14. This side event reviews the implications of OECMs definition, principles and criteria for fisheries.

26 November 2018 at 13.15 -
Red Sea - GRULAC Room - Building 2
Aichi Biodiversity Target 6, adopted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, focuses on achieving sustainable fisheries by 2020. This has established both explicit and implicit requirements for fisheries in contributing to preservation of global biodiversity. The CBD Secretariat, FAO, the IUCN Fisheries Expert Group and other partners have enhanced their collaboration with a view to improving our understanding of the contributions of fisheries management to the achievement of the Aichi Targets, supporting the efforts of Parties in reporting on their progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 6, and in accelerating the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation into fisheries management. This side event will shed light on the approaches taken by intergovernmental organizations and Parties to address these issues as well as the latest developments, challenges and successes in the sustainable use of aquatic biodiversity since the adoption of Target 6 in 2010.

Protected Areas Day (Aichi Biodiversity Target 11)  
22 November 2018

Sustainable Ocean Day “Ocean Voices”
Friday, 23 November, 10am – 6 pm
Gathering various ocean stakeholders representing a variety of marine ecosystems, habitats and species, it will provide a forum for stories conveying a range of voices, such as that of coral reefs, seagrass/mangroves, deep-sea habitats, migratory species/marine mammals and fish, together with the voice of people whose life is closely inter-connected with marine and coastal biodiversity. This event will provide an opportunity to share experiences and actions by different stakeholders and highlight solutions to address challenges facing marine and coastal biodiversity. Participants will be encouraged to deliver their stories and share their experiences in non-conventional ways, using innovative ways of communication (e.g., inspirational story-telling, dialogues, film, poems, performance, music, visual arts).

Voices of Fish

Agriculture Day “Agriculture and Biodiversity: walking hand-in-hand toward a sustainable world”
Sunday, 25 November 2018, 9.30 am-5pm
The Agriculture Day will bring the perspectives of different stakeholders to illustrate why, how and who are championing solutions to protect biodiversity, while increasing productivity and improving livelihoods. See the Programme here