A science-based participative and inclusive approach to arrest biodiversity loss before 2030

In order to arrest biodiversity loss, the BIODEV2030 project proposes an innovative integration approach to diversity (and to its services provided) in the economic sectors of 16 pilot countries by involving all stakeholders in society. The preservation of biodiversity is a prerequisite of sustainable development. To achieve responsible development, limiting the pressure on and restoring deteriorated ecosystems and focusing on biodiversity must be systematic and integrated throughout the production and value chains.

The challenge: protect biodiversity

The loss of species, the erosion of their populations and the deterioration of ecosystems has continued on since 2010. One million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. The health of the ecosystems we depend on and on which all other species depend is deteriorating at unprecedented rate today. Apart from weakening means of subsistence, food safety, health and quality of life around the world, this situation also poses economic and financial risks.

Despite their progress, the actions implemented for the conservation and more sustainable management of natural resources remain insufficient to curb the direct and indirect causes of the deterioration of the natural world. Reversing the loss of biodiversity and preserving ecosystems is urgently needed today if we are to meet the sustainable development goals by 2050. However, simply protecting certain critical areas will not be enough to preserve the biological diversity of our planet.

The solution: a sweeping integration of biodiversity to limit pressure

Safeguarding biodiversity is essential to ensure the production of vital goods and services provided by ecosystems: food, fibres, wood, carbon sequestration, water regulation, disaster risk reduction, etc.

Integration of biodiversity generally refers to ensuring that biodiversity (and the services it provides) is fully and properly included in the political and practical decisions, both public and private, that are both based on it and also have an impact on it. This integration also involves taking into account all the impacts on biodiversity and the dependencies on it encountered throughout the production and value chains.

The success of this approach requires more effort by and cooperation between all stakeholders in society :

  • State actors
  • Private sector
  • Civil society organizations
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Local communities
  • Citizens

Encouraging sectoral commitments with a multi-stakeholder dialogue

BIODEV2030 aims to tackle the causes of biodiversity loss, by encouraging all stakeholders to commit to its preservation, and by promoting voluntary initiatives based on scientific objectives. Each pilot country is invited to define its commitments aimed at reducing the pressure on biodiversity in at least two key economic sectors. Tested in 16 pilot countries, this approach contributes to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of a science-based participatory and inclusive approach to achieve these ambitious objectives.

A factual and scientific approach to:

  • assess the threats to biodiversity at national level;
  • analyse the potential reduction of the impacts and restoration of biodiversity for at least two key sectors of the economy of each country,
  • identify priorities for the conservation and sustainable management of diversity at sectoral and national levels

A participatory approach to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues and:

  • favour the emergence of a common vision and make commitments in favour of biodiversity for key sectors of the economy;
  • support the integration of sectoral commitments into national biodiversity strategies and action plans;
  • encourage the integration of sectoral commitments into the supranational commitments of the post-2020 agenda.

An inclusive approach to support the operational implementation of these voluntary sector commitments through:

  • a community of practice based on the dissemination of knowledge, the sharing of experiences and exchanges between countries;
  • organisation of national and international workshops, generating global involvement in events such as the IUCN World Conservation Congress (3-11 September, 2021) and COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (from 7 to 19 December, 2022).

Supporting 16 pilot countries

BIODEV2030 is an experimental approach implemented in 16 pilot countries with multiple socioeconomic, environmental and geographic contexts. Providing the governments of each country with the means to identify and lead, along with the private sector and civil society, profound changes in those sectors of the economy with a strategic impact on the development and on the biodiversity of the country.

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