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Urban Ecosystems and Nature-based Solutions in the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Frameworks

With the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 drawing to a close, a new post-2020 global biodiversity framework is to be agreed on at the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that is to be held in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China in October 2020.

The work of cities and local/ subnational governments will be instrumental in all stages of the process, from preparation through implementation of the post-2020 biodiversity framework, in order to halt biodiversity loss by ´bending the curve´In this context, ICLEI and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) are organizing an international consultation between key Chinese, European (especially German), and Global actors on the critical roles played by local governments in integrating biodiversity concepts and Nature-Based Solutions in urban planning and development. The outcomes will feed into the science and policy discussions towards the preparations for CBD COP15, as well as the formulation and implementation of the CBD Post 2020 global framework. The results will be shared at the Sino-German Environmental Forum on October 30th in Beijing:More specifically, the consultation aims at:

  • Sharing good practices in integrating Nature in urban spatial planning
  • Exploring potential political and financial incentives at the level of the local governments to foster urban biodiversity
  • Exploring how to better leverage multi-level governance mechanisms for securing coherent nature-based urban development policies and practices.
  • Identifying the necessary steps for conserving, restoring, and enhancing urban ecosystems through science-based urban development policy making.


Participants: National governments (e.g. BMU, MEE, embassies), local governments (e.g. Yunnan/Kunming, Aichi/Nagoya, Gangwon/Pyeongchang) international organizations (e.g. World Bank, UN Environment), international NGOs and institutions (e.g. GIZ, IUCN, WWF), and academia (e.g. German and Chinese tertiary institutions)

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