A two-day hybrid regional consultation for South Asian countries on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) was organized on 6-7 January 2022 by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India, in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Authority of India (NBA), UNDP-India, and Campaign for Nature, USA. With an aim to foster South-South cooperation, the consultation brought together seven countries of the South Asia region, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The Consultation provided a platform to discuss the Post-2020 GBF in the South Asian context, especially in terms of its implementation and resource mobilization, prior to the CBD meetings in Geneva and Kunming in the first half of 2022. Based on the concrete inputs received from the countries and experts, a ‘South Asia Perspective on the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework’ is being developed. A few technical sessions during the consultation were dedicated to the importance of the identification and reporting of Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) to achieve national biodiversity targets. Presentations on the Post-2020 GBF and OECMs were made by representatives of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on the Post-2020 GBF, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), National Geographic, World Commission on Protected Areas, Future Law, UNDP, and Campaign for Nature.
The Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, Shri Bhupender Yadav addressed the event as the Chief Guest. Other participants included Ms. Leena Nandan, Secretary, MoEFCC; Ms. B. V. Umadevi, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC; Dr. V. B. Mathur, Chairperson, NBA from the Government of India; Mr. Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India; Ms. Jyoti Mathur Fillip, Director of Implementation and Support Division, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Dr. Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer & Chairperson of Global Environment Facility (GEF); Dr. Basile Van Hevre, Co-chair, Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on the Post-2020 GBF; and Ms. Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP. The Consultation saw the participation of CBD National Focal Points from seven South Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Several representatives of civil society organizations and experts also attended.
Resources from the Consultation including the Background Note & Agenda, Speaker Presentations, Video recording of both the days, Recorded Messages of Dignitaries can be all accessed here.