2020: Aligning biodiversity with climate action
Friends of Europe, Square de Meeûs, Brussels, Belgium
25 March at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Nature plays a critical role in offering ecosystem services and mitigating climate change. Despite this, our natural capital continues to shrink at an alarming rate and is on the edge to collapse. 2020 with the IUCN Congress in Marseille, the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon and COP15 in Kunming will play a key role in implementing the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) global assessment. It will define national plans for the conservation and restoration of ecosystems, as well as determine the funding we need to protect nature at a global scale. With the development of its Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and its moonshot mission for ‘Healthy Oceans’, Europe has a significant leadership role to play. It will have to agree on ways biodiversity and climate action are considered equally.
- Will the latest reports’ recommendations be integrated into government and business biodiversity strategies?
- How can Europe leadership in biodiversity lead to an international agreement on biodiversity by 2020?
- How can the EU develop policy coherence to speak with one voice and ensure biodiversity and climate action receive the attention they deserve?
Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation at the European Space Agency (ESA)
Cyriaque Sendashonga, Global Policy Director at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)