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DIVERSITAS activities at CBD COP 12 (6-17 October 2014, Republic of Korea)

DIVERSITAS and its partners will hold a series of events during COP12.

DIVERSITAS and its partners will hold a series of events during COP12 (6-17 October 2014, Pyeong Chang, Republic of Korea) on the following items of the COP agenda:

Launch of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 and of its Technical Support Document

Press conference: Launch of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 (GBO-4), Monday 6 October, 13:15-14:45, Press Conference Room.

The GBO-4 will be launched in a live event, broadcasted via webstream on the website of the Host Government of COP 12, Republic of Korea. Journalists attending the COP will be able to ask questions, along with journalists from overseas, who will submit questions via twitter. The Event will also include the participation of non-media representatives in the audience.


Speakers at this event include:

  • H.E. Mr. Seongkyu Yoon, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea
  • Braulio Ferreira De Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Paul Leadley, Lead Author, Professor in the Ecology systematics and Evolution Laboratory, Université Paris-Sud, and Chair of the DIVERSITAS bioDISCOVERY project
  • Jae Chun Choe , Ewha Womans University (TBC)
  • Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.


Related side events organised by DIVERSITAS and its partners:

  • The science behind GBO-4 - Introducing the technical support document, Tuesday, 7 October, 13:15 - 14:45, Hall B, Room 3 - Juscanz Meeting Room

The technical support document of the GBO-4 will be launched at this event. A number of chapter lead authors of the GBO-4 technical support document will introduce delegates to the different lines of evidence used for the assessment of the state of biodiversity. They will also provide more detailed information on findings and country case studies related to specific targets. Delegates will have an opportunity to interact with chapter lead authors directly.

Speakers at the event will be Eugenie Regan (UNEP-WCMC), Paul Leadley (Université Paris-Sud and DIVERSITAS), Henrique Pereira (iDIV, GEO BON, and DIVERSITAS), Rob Alkemade (TBC), and Alexandra Marques (iDIV).

See the programme.

  • Bridging biodiversity science and society: a Youth contribution towards mainstreaming GBO-4 findings, Friday 10 October, 18:15-19:45, Hall D, Room 3 - African Group, G77 and China Meeting Room

Jointly hosted by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and DIVERSITAS.

This Side Event will discuss the gaps between science and policy makers and how youth can contribute to bridging this gap, communicating scientific findings to a more diverse range of communities. Mainstreaming scientific findings and improve the society's understanding of the current state of Biodiversity in the world is essential to implement the Convention and reach the Aichi targets. During this Side Event primary outcomes of this initiative around the findings of GBO-4 will be presented.

See the programme.

Side event "Access and Benefit-Sharing in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Science-Policy dialogue for academic research", Friday 10 October, 18:15-19:45, Hall G, Room 2 - Youth Meeting Room

Jointly organised by S-CBD, DIVERSITAS, the International Council for Science Regional Office for LAC (ICSU-ROLAC), the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS).

Though academic research contributes essential elements to the conservation, sustainable use and valuation of biological resources, it is often faced with challenges in accessing these resources. Some of these challenges may be attributed to the legal and administrative requirements for accessing biological resources. One of the reasons why these requirements can become obstructive might lie in the difficulties met by academic researchers and governmental agencies in communicating and understanding each other because they work in different “worlds” (e.g. use of different vocabulary and concepts, and different modes of operating). This side event will present the outcomes of a project (More information on the project here) carried in Latin America and the Caribbeans (with case studies from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru) on building a science-policy dialogue for the implementation of Article 8(a) of the Nagoya Protocol.

See the programme.

Biodiversity and health

Launch of The State Of Knowledge Review On Biodiversity And Health: “Framing Biodiversity And Health In The Context Of The Post-2015 Development Agenda”, Wednesday 8 October 2014, 13:15-14:45, Hall G, Room 1 - Marie Khan Women’s Caucus Room

Organised by S-CBD and partners.

The event will feature a keynote presentation followed by a multidisciplinary discussion panel on thematic issue areas included in the State of Knowledge Review on biodiversity and health (under COP 12 Agenda item 16). To be carried out jointly with WHO and several core partners who have co-led work for the publication in an effort to mobilise plenary discussion under the CBD-WHO joint work programme.

Side event "Tackling common drivers of disease and biodiversity loss: a One Health approach", Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 18:15 - 19:45, Hall F, Room 2 - LMMC Meeting Room

Jointly organised by S-CBD, EcoHealth Alliance, DIVERSITAS, DIVERSITAS-FUTURE EARTH ecoHEALTH, IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group, UNU, TRAFFIC and WHO.

Human disease and biodiversity loss share common drivers, providing opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration for co-benefits for health and biodiversity. For example, the overexploitation of wild fauna and flora places pressure on wild populations and threatens the health-supporting ecosystem services they provide, as well as enabling pathogen transmission and spread across species. Infectious diseases present a major direct burden to human health, with over one billion human cases globally each year, and also are increasingly recognised as a threat to other species (including but not limited to plants and terrestrial and marine animals) and have major implications for ecosystems as a whole, as well as food security and the provision of other ecosystem services. A “One Health” approach that considers the connections between humans, animals and environment allows for a more integrated and proactive mechanism for tackling shared health and biodiversity concerns. The event is intended as a presentation and discussion forum to complement the CBD-WHO State of Knowledge Review on Biodiversity and Health to be launched at COP 12, and to engage participants in relevant discussion under COP 12 agenda item 16, on biodiversity and health.



Side event "How can science really add value to global biodiversity governance? Discussing the effectiveness of science-policy-interfaces", Tuesday 14 October 2014, 18:15 - 19:45, Hall F, Room 3 - IGOs Meeting Room

Jointly organised by Young Scientist @ Biodiversity SPI – Network (YS@SPIS); DIVERSITAS; German Federal Ministry Of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building And Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Science-Policy-Interfaces (SPIs) in the biodiversity arena aim at synthesising the best possible knowledge basis to inform political decision-making, and being relevant, credible and legitimate. Besides scientific results on the status and trends of biodiversity, this also implies the scientific analysis of human-ecosystem interactions as well as of political processes and SPIs themselves. Additionally, SPIs help to develop formalised mechanisms or forms of communication to ensure appropriate interpretations of scientific knowledge for political decision-making. However, what is the best possible knowledge and how does it enter the policy arena? What actually is the knowledge we are still lacking, and, if we have all necessary knowledge at hand, does it really add value to policy-making? Established in spring 2014, the Young Scientist @ Biodiversity SPI-Network, an international, interdisciplinary network, aims at exchanging views and findings on these questions, and delivering joint analyses. In our side event we want to discuss the subject further with members of IPBES and CBD bodies, scientists and Member States representatives in a participatory fish bowl discussion.

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