Earth Commission at COP15: Science for an ambitious Global Biodiversity Framework

The biggest biodiversity conference in a decade, COP15, is happening in Montreal, Canada from 7-19 December 2022. Government representatives will focus on agreeing on a new, 10-year Global Biodiversity Framework which urges rapid, cross-sectoral action to address and halt biodiversity loss. Here’s where you can find the Earth Commission at COP15.

Biodiversity Science Workshop

Tuesday, December 6, 12.45-15.15 EST, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Saskatchewan – 210A

An IPBES, Future Earth and GEOBON event. Onsite participation, livestream TBA

The Secretariats of IPBES, GEO-BON and the Convention on Biological Diversity are organising a one-day biodiversity science workshop to engage Parties and observers in an interactive dialogue on science and monitoring for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The workshop is being held on 6 December 2022 at the venue of the UN Biodiversity Conference, (Palais des Congrès de Montréal). Participation in the workshop is open to all registered delegates to the fifth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group and the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties and concurrent meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols. No additional pre-registration is required. The workshop will be conducted in English.

Read more here.

Speakers:

  • David Obura, Earth Commissioner and Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development (CORDIO) East Africa
  • Paul Leadley, bioDISCOVERY, and Professor at Paris-Saclay University
  • Andy Gonzalez
  • Natasha Ali

Nature Positive Action: The Power of Collaboration

A Global Commons Alliance event. Onsite participation and online
*Invitations Only*
Wednesday 7 December, 16:30–18:30 EST, in the Large Room at the Nature Pavilion, livestream on NaturePositive.org

The session will engage in a series of small group conversations, and breakouts, setting the collaborative tone for Nature Positive contributions to a successful COP15.

Read more here.

Speakers:

  • David Obura, Earth Commissioner and Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development (CORDIO) East Africa
  • Manuel Pulgar Vidal, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
  • Basil Van Havre, Co-Chair CBD Open Ended Working Group negotiating Global Biodiversity Framework
  • Maëlle Pelisson, Advocacy Director, Business for Nature London
  • Patrick Frick, Global Commons Alliance

Science Basis for a Nature and People Positive world

An Earth Commission event. Onsite participation and online

Friday 9 December, 16:30–17:30 EST, in the Large Room at the Nature Pavilion, livestream on NaturePositive.org. Watch the recording below.

Despite decades of conservation efforts, biodiversity decline continues. Why? The Earth Commission is defining a new framework to underpin science-based targets for nature. This event will outline the Commissions’ forthcoming research and explain how safe and just Earth system boundaries can turn the tide on biodiversity decline and simultaneously elevate justice outcomes for people. The importance of Nature and People Positive narratives will be highlighted, including six pathways for delivering the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Panelists will also present critical science syntheses from GEOBON and Future Earth.

Read more here.

Speakers:

  • David Obura, Earth Commissioner and Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development (CORDIO) East Africa
  • Diana Liverman, Earth Commissioner and Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona, School of Geography, Development, and Environment.
  • Varsha Vijay, Technical Director, Science Based Targets Network
  • Paul Leadley, bioDISCOVERY, and Professor at Paris-Saclay University

Transformative actions on all drivers of biodiversity loss urgently required to achieve the global goals by 2050

A Science for Biodiversity event. Onsite participation, livestream TBA

Sunday 11 December, 11:45-13:15 EST, Palais des congrès, Room 210A. Watch the recording below, the session starts at 3:24:07.

This session will build on recent contributions from the scientific community to support a more robust understanding of people as part of nature. It will discuss the transformative potential of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) and identify key areas where integrated action is needed to implement the framework effectively and achieve wider sustainable development.

Read more here.

Speakers:

  • David Obura, Earth Commissioner and Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development (CORDIO) East Africa.
  • Erin Billman, Executive Director, Science Based Targets Network
  • Peter Bridgewater, Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra
  • Paul Leadley, bioDISCOVERY and Paris-Saclay University
  • Eva Zabey, Executive Director Business for Nature
  • Balakrishna Pisupati, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • María Cecilia Londoño Murcia, Instituto Humboldt in Colombia and GEO BON

Science-based targets for nature: enabling corporate action

Science Based Targets Network eventOnsite participation and online

Tuesday 13 December, 14:00-15:30 EST, in the Large Room at the Nature Pavilion, livestream on NaturePositive.org

Leading companies will share their insights as they prepare to set science-based targets for nature; a critical lever to taking corporate action in support of the Global Biodiversity Framework.

Science-based targets (SBTs) for nature will be a critical lever for companies to take action in support of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. During this multi-format session, leading companies preparing to set SBTs for nature will provide their perspective on the business case for action as well as practical insights into target setting and how to take action today. Read more here.

Speakers:

  • David Obura, Earth Commissioner and Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development (CORDIO) East Africa
  • Erin Billman, Executive Director, Science Based Targets Network
  • Varsha Vijay, Technical Director, Science Based Targets Network
  • Nadine McCormick, WBCSD
  • Renata Pollini, Head of Nature, Holcim
  • Claire Lund, GSK
  • Cristiana La Marca, Enel
  • Eva de Keyser, Alpro
  • Juliane Greff, Alpro
  • Adrien Portafaix, Associate Director and Partner, BCG’s Paris Office