The Role of Non-State Actors for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

As countries are negotiating a new post-2020 global biodiversity framework, non-state and sub-national actors, such as cities, regions and companies, are increasingly drawing attention to their contribution to biodiversity governance. Bringing non-state initiatives closer to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and involving these actors in global biodiversity governance has the potential to build positive political and societal momentum around global biodiversity conservation and foster innovative and experimental governance arrangements.

To provide more visibility to the contributions of non-state actors, COP14 in Sharm El Sheikh in 2018 saw the launch of the Action Agenda for Nature and People in the run up to COP15. A current consultation process led by the CBD Secretariat aims to explore how the Action Agenda should develop after the new global biodiversity framework is adopted and what role non-state actors play to implement the new framework.

To address these questions, adelphi is supporting the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in organising a series of events to facilitate discussion among a selected group of experts. In three sessions, recent work by PBL on the issue is showcased and the role of non-state and subnational actors is discussed. Each of the webinars has a focus on a particular topic:

  • non-state actors on at landscape level
  • monitoring and reporting of non-state actions
  • climate and biodiversity actions in the urban context.

With its extensive experience in the preparation and facilitation of virtual dialogue formats, adelphi is supporting PBL in the implementation of the webinars.