Following the development of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the recent World Biodiversity Conference in Egypt, a regional consultation workshop recently gathered signatories to the CBD and international organizations in the Asia-Pacific region in Nagoya, Japan to discuss opportunities and challenges for mainstreaming biodiversity in the region.
The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework would serve as a stepping stone towards a new world biodiversity strategy: 2050 Vision of Living in harmony with nature. By 2050, the world envisions “a biodiversity that is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people.”
Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), who served as facilitator in one of the discussion sessions said the Asia-Pacific region is very diverse and that each ASEAN Member State needs to come up with its own plans and programmes to be able to shape the Post-2020 biodiversity target for the ASEAN region.
“Using this workshop as template, the ACB hopes to conduct a similar meeting in April so as to develop a position for the ASEAN region with regards to the development of this very important framework,” said Dr. Lim.
The workshop was convened by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.
The ACB is ASEAN’s response to biodiversity loss in the region. Its mission is to effectively facilitate regional cooperation and deliver capacity building services to the ASEAN Member States in conserving biodiversity.