The BioTrade Initiative of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held a web-based workshop on how authorized and sustainable commerce can help the post-2020 world biodiversity framework. The workshop issued a set of suggestions on find out how to embrace commerce within the new framework.
The workshop convened on 24 March 2021, beneath UNCTAD’s Global BioTrade Facilitation Programme, with the monetary help of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
The workshop gathered greater than 180 representatives, together with authorities negotiators, enterprise representatives, and different stakeholders to discover the interrelation between commerce, biodiversity, and the post-2020 world biodiversity framework.
According to the workshop report, the sustainable and authorized commerce of biodiversity-based services and products “creates incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and benefit sharing, supports cross-sectoral cooperation, mobilizes resources, and increases awareness for biodiversity.” It promotes sustainable consumption and manufacturing patterns, and helps the livelihoods of communities that depend on pure assets.
Online group discussions targeted on sustainable and authorized commerce as a manner for enterprise engagement, measuring commerce and biodiversity, requirements and pointers for commerce and biodiversity, and attaining authorized and sustainable commerce by means of the post-2020 world biodiversity framework. Recommendations included:
- Capitalize on the curiosity of the enterprise group to have interaction within the framework by: utilizing business-friendly language; offering the house for enterprise platforms, networks, and associations to have interaction within the growth, implementation, and overview of the framework; and embedding enterprise engagement within the revised National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs);
- Design the monitoring framework that will serve a number of functions at world, regional, and nationwide ranges, and would come with: conducting ex ante assessments; informing environmental influence assessments (EIAs) and strategic environmental assessments of commerce insurance policies; and guaranteeing that trade- and biodiversity-related data is a part of the monitoring frameworks at world and nationwide ranges;
- Use requirements and pointers for commerce and biodiversity to assist increase shopper and enterprise consciousness on biodiversity and to contribute to outreach and communication, in addition to to capability growth, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) alongside the worth chains; and
- To make commerce extra sustainable, be certain that the post-2020 world biodiversity framework addresses the problem of perverse incentives and the era of optimistic incentives, acknowledges the significance of commerce in supporting sustainable use and administration of biodiversity, and improves authorized frameworks, together with for home commerce requirements and for implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing.
Acknowledging that if carried out legally and sustainably, commerce can contribute to a profitable post-2020 world biodiversity framework, contributors careworn that the BioTrade Principles and Criteria can function a “compass” for the engagement with the post-2020 world biodiversity framework. They famous two approaches within the BioTrade Principles and Criteria which can be “not featuring very strongly” however ought to be mirrored within the updated zero draft: 1) the worth chain strategy; and a pair of) the adaptive administration strategy.
The outcomes of the workshop present enter to the third assembly of the CBD’s Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), the twenty fourth assembly of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), and the third assembly of the Open-ended Working Group on a post-2020 world biodiversity framework. The post-2020 world biodiversity framework is predicted to be adopted on the fifteenth assembly of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the CBD in Kunming, China, which is at the moment scheduled for October 2021. [Publication: Report of the Online Workshop on Trade and Biodiversity for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework] [Workshop UNCTAD Webpage]