Biodiversity is key to achieving our collective vision for a sustainable future in the lead up to the agreement on a new deal for nature in 2020, and the Secretariat on the Convention for Biological Diversity (SCBD) is encouraging Parties and observers to provide their views directly by 15 April, 2019. As the consultation process for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework gathers momentum, ICLEI is offering a platform to help local and other subnational governments navigate and engage in the process.
While urban areas constitute only around 2 percent of the Earth’s land surface area, they are home to over half of the world’s population and are responsible for roughly 75 percent of global resource consumption. And urbanization is only on the rise; by 2050, an estimated 68 percent of the global population will live in cities
Biodiversity and nature are the very cornerstones of life on which cities, people, and modern economies depend for survival. However, global development and rapid urbanization often occur at the expense of biodiversity and nature. While there is growing recognition of the value of biodiversity and nature in cities, the commitment and action taken to stem biodiversity loss and implement nature-based solutions in cities is lagging.
The time to act is now. As the current SCBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity draws to a close in 2020, more than ever before, the moment is ripe for global action and for the voice of local and other subnational governments to be heard in shaping the global biodiversity agenda.Local and other subnational governments have a critical role to play in driving the global biodiversity agenda. It is predominantly at the city scale where the impacts of biodiversity loss are most heavily felt and where the mandates and ability to effectively mitigate, reduce, and reverse these losses lie.
As committed at the 6th Global Biodiversity Summit of Local and Subnational Governments, an official parallel event to the CBD COP 14, ICLEI and partners are working closely with local and other subnational governments as key stakeholders to feed into and help shape the post-2020 framework. The SCBD has officially endorsed the CitiesWithNature platform to coordinate local and subnational ambitions and commitments towards global efforts.
Join local and other subnational governments and step up your engagement on the road to 2020 and beyond.