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Biodiversity for Development


Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

“Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a joint publication by SCBD, UNDP, UNEP, FAO and the World Bank, launched on the occasion of the High Level Segment of COP 13 on 2 December 2016 in Cancun, Mexico. In a common effort to promote a better understanding of the significant role of biodiversity and ecosystems in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the document highlights how the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The publication comprises two editions:
  • Technical Note provides detailed mapping of the linkages between the SDGs and the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

  • Policy Brief presents illustrative examples from countries on how biodiversity can contribute to the most directly related SDGs.


Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development and the SDGs: sharing and developing workable solutions

11 December 2016, Side Events Room 3 Universal Building Main Floor, Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, Mexico

On the occasion of COP13, UNEP-WCMC, IIED and SCBD hosted a one-day event on mainstreaming biodiversity into national and sectoral development plans and processes, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the intention to facilitate a sharing of experiences, the event discussed national-level efforts to ensure that biodiversity is effectively integrated in such plans and processes, effective approaches to link SDG and NBSAP implementation, and efforts at the international level to support these approaches.

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Past Events & Archives

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Biodiversity for Development Initiative at the Secretariat

Following a series of international conference which called for the strengthening of linkage between poverty reduction and conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity (Paris, 2006; Trondheim, 2007), the Biodiversity for Development Initiative of the CBD Secretariat was officially launched during COP 9 in Bonn, Germany, with support from the French and the German governments and UNDP.

In keeping the spirit of Article 6 (b) of the Convention, the initiative works in close collaboration with the development partners to:

1) Promote the integration of biodiversity priorities into sectoral policies and cross-sectoral strategies,

2) Facilitate the exchange of information, experiences and best practices, and

3) Strengthen the linkages with CBD programmes of work and raise awareness of the Parties on the crucial role of biodiversity-poverty linkages towards development.

Relevant Documents

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme