From Biodiversity Targets to Conservation Commitments


This Earthmind webinar was a facilitated discussion between international biodiversity policy experts and participants. It explored the nexus between the following elements within the scope of commitment making to implement the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):

· Engagement and facilitation of state and non-state actors’ commitments and pledges in support of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;

· Enhancing synergies between state and non-state actors;

· The role of and type of mechanism to coordinate or collect non-state actor commitments;

· Examples of current initiatives and platforms that can contribute to any potential commitment coordination mechanism; and


It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for a webinar discussion hosted by Dr Balakrishna Pishupati on a subject of great interest to many of us looking to the future of biodiversity conservation at the policy level. Feel free to share this invitation with others in your network.

From Biodiversity Targets to Conservation Commitments
A 90-minute webinar in support of the CBD’s Action Agenda

Please join us on Tuesday 27th October 2020
0730 New York — 1230 Paris — 1700 New Delhi –1830 Beijing

Click here to register

A decade ago the Parties of the Convention on…

The first VCA newsletter! [… for some time!]

Since the start of VCA in 2016, the number of VCA registered areas is steadily growing. Although the pace of this growth is still relatively slow, the international interest in voluntary conservation commitments by non-state actors is rapidly growing. This offers new opportunities to the ‘VCA way of thinking‘ and the VCA Members. This development, together with the fact that the VCA approach has recently been revised to include different levels of registration (bronze, silver, gold and platinum), has triggered the publication of this first newsletter. What will you find in this newsletter?

1. A brief introduction to the VCA…

Credits: Shutterstock / Nagy-Bagoly Arpad

Since 1950, plastic has revolutionized numerous aspects of modern society: packaging, clothing, disposable bags, electronic products, medical instruments, industrial materials, among many. Plastic is found everywhere in our daily lives. This new material, as malleable as stainless, quickly became indispensable for our time.

Mangrove managers in Senegal

This week, I attended an in-house workshop on IUCN’s People in Nature (PiN) initiative on behalf of IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi).

The workshop was organised by the IUCN Economics team with inputs and facilitation from IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP). Other participants came from various IUCN programmes — e.g., business, drylands, the GEF unit, gender, global policy, monitoring and evaluation, protected areas, and species — as well as call-in participation from IUCN offices in Nairobi and Washington DC, and from TRAFFIC in Cambridge, UK.

The main objective of the workshop was to…

In 1977, under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), our governments banned the international trade in rhino horn. By making the trade illegal, governments hoped that rhinos would be conserved and, at some point, no longer be an endangered species.

Unfortunately, black rhinos in Africa remain Critically Endangered. White rhinos are doing better and are categorised on the IUCN Red List as Near Threatened. However, the increase in poaching over recent years — in no small part in response to rising effective demand (i.e. …

The Tullstorp Stream restoration project in southern Sweden aims to improve the living conditions for fauna and flora in intensively cultivated farmland and reduce eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. © VCA Registry

Scientists and policymakers agree that we need to step up efforts to conserve biodiversity. We need to move beyond legally protected areas, and we need to engage as many actors as possible from different economic sectors.

Fortunately, this is now starting to happen worldwide, following a call from the Convention on Biological Diversity, which in its Strategic Plan and Aichi Targets calls for the implementation of ”other effective area-based conservation measures”, or OECMs.

Such “other measures” play an important role in complementing legally protected areas, often in the places where we live and work. They also provide a unique opportunity…

The first edition of the TEEB Report for Business back in 2010 stated that:

Businesses that fail to assess their impacts and dependence on biodiversity and ecosystem services carry undefined risks and may neglect profitable opportunities.

This is an early example of the growing recognition of the importance of biodiversity for companies. When we talk about biodiversity, however, what are we talking about?

Biodiversity — or biological diversity — is a complex concept with two widely used but significantly different definitions. …

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is now widely-accepted by governments, businesses and NGOs as the global policy framework for ensuring that development is sustainable. What does this document say about the sustainable utilisation of living natural resources?

Connecting the sustainability dots between growth and use

In many ways, the 2030 Agenda is about connecting the dots between the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability. It is “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.” Within this plan, sustainable use with respect production, consumption and management is a priority:

We are…


Caring for our planet -

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store