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DIVERSITAS at CBD SBSTTA 17

DIVERSITAS and its partners held a series of events prior to and during SBSTTA 17.

Expert Workshop on enhancing biodiversity data and observing systems in support of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, 12 Oct 2013, Palais des Congrès, Montreal

The overall goal of this workshop is to engage governments and organizations in a dialogue with the Earth observation community, particularly GEO-BON, on the development of biodiversity observation systems, both by learning from existing experiences and helping to start new programmes.

The workshop objectives are to:

  1. Identify ways to improve collection and use of observations by Parties in monitoring and reporting progress in implementing NBSAPs and thereby achieving progress towards the Ai-chi Biodiversity Targets.
  2. Raise awareness of available tools, products and approaches, and of the organisations and networks such as GEO BON that can support delivery of improved biodiversity observations and their use.

Download the workshop documents here.

Second meeting of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 Advisory Group, 13 October (upon invitation)

Paul Leadley (University Paris Sud XI, France) and Ben ten Brink (The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency) will report on the progress of the scenarios section of GBO-4 to the GBO-4 Advisory Group. Paul Leadley will also report on the progress towards GBO-4 to the CBD SBSTTA Bureau.

Side event "Scenarios assessment for the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4", Tuesday 15th October 2013, 13:15 – 14:45, Room 7A (Level 3)

An in-depth global assessment of scenarios of biodiversity change in response to changes in environmental factors forms the background of the GBO-4. The objective for the scenarios assessment is to provide clearer input into policy and a stronger dialogue with stakeholders to develop a broader range of visions of socio-economic development pathways and their impacts on the environment. Progress in the development of this work will be presented.

Download the side event programme here.

Side event "Behavioural change and inclusive wealth: transition to sustainability", Tuesday 15th October 2013, 13:15 – 14:45, Assembly Hall I & II (Level 4)

Presentation of the key messages and recommendations from the CBD commissioned paper: Managing Biodiversity is about people and the Inclusive Wealth Report 2012. The main objective will be to highlight how the IWR can facilitate change in the way people perceive biodiversity and ecosystem services. The way to make the IWR a useful tool for the CBD in attaining its Aichi Targets and monitoring success will be explored.

Several members of the DIVERSITAS community will be panellists during the SBSTTA Plenaries:

  • Robert Scholes (CSIR, South Africa), Chair, GEO BON, will present the outcomes of the Expert Workshop on enhancing biodiversity data and observing systems in support of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, held on 12th Oct 2013 (Plenary, Monday 14th morning)
  • Paul Leadley (University of Paris Sud XI, France), Chair, DIVERSITAS bioDISCOVERY, will report on the progress of the scenarios assessment chapter of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 (Plenary Monday 14th morning)
  • Stanley T Asah (University of Washington) will present how behavioural science, and more broadly social sciences can contribute to achieve the Aichi targets, and especially those under Strategic Goal A (Plenary Monday 14th afternoon)

Talks on biodiversity organised by CBD, McGill University, Concordia University and HEC Montreal

A series of talks on the role of business, science and traditional knowledge in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Participation in the Science and Biodiversity session, 15 Oct, Redpath Museum at McGill University, 19:00-21:30:

  • Stanley T Asah, College of the Environment, University of Washington: Biodiversity is about people
  • Paul Leadley, Laboratoire d’Ecologie, Systematique, et Evolution, University of Paris Sud XI
  • Ben ten Brink, Netherlands Department of Nature, Landscape and Biodiversity

Download the full programme here.

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