World Biodiversity Forum 2024 Session: Integrating Mountains in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework: Monitoring, Research, and Engagement in Regional and Global Policy Processes
18.06.2024 | 14:30 –
18.06.2024 | 16:00
18.06.2024 | 14:30 – 16:00
Davos, Switzerland

Join us at #WBF2024 for a captivating session that highlights endeavors aimed at enriching research, monitoring, and engagement to seamlessly integrate mountains into science-policy processes. Delve into a critical discourse on how these efforts align with the implementation of pivotal priorities established within the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

About the Session

At the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), the UN Secretary-General stated that Parties had the “urgent task of making peace with nature”, given how the world is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate and with it the planet’s life-support systems. Mountains also shared a spotlight at COP15, with a high-level side event hosted by the UN Environment Programme and partners to not only highlight this plight for mountains but also raise these issues as part of the observance of the International Year for Sustainable Mountain Development in 2022.

The event highlighted efforts that prioritize mountain biodiversity and the need for its protection within the Post-2020 outcome and its implementation while giving insights on supporting science-policy processes and inputs that help substantiate those deliberations. COP15 concluded with the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which stipulates four overarching goals and a set of targets to be achieved by 2030. Implementing this framework also means mobilising resources and technical and scientific cooperation to close financial and capacity gaps between developed and developing countries.

So, what does this outcome mean for mountains and science-policy exchanges needed to support the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal GBF? Drawing from various cases at multiple scales, this session showcases actions that focus on enhancing research, monitoring, and engagement to help include mountains in science-policy processes, and critically discuss how these contribute to implementing key priorities set within the Kunming-Montreal GBF. Examples include the Convention on Biological Diversity Program of Work on Mountain Biodiversity and the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, as well as research providing policy-relevant knowledge on biodiversity-related opportunities for adaptive management of mountain ecosystems and sustainable development.

This session also invites additional contributions based on inter- and transdisciplinary research, either in mountains or other contexts that offer transferable insights relevant to mountains.

Conveners

  • Carolina Adler, Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
  • Davnah Urbach, Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)
  • Matthias Jurek, UN Environment Programme
  • Klaudia Kuras, UN Environment Programme
  • Genevieve Schmoeker, UN Environment Programme

Speakers

  • HARNESSING KUNMING-MONTREAL GBF MECHANISMS TO ELEVATE MOUNTAIN BIODIVERSITY Presenter: Genevieve Schmoeker (UNEP, Vienna, Austria)
  • UNDERSTANDING PAST AND PRESENT MOUNTAIN BIODIVERSITY TO NAVIGATE THE FUTURE Presenter: Rob Marchant (University of York, United Kingdom; MRI Futures Working Group Co-Lead)
  • MOUNTAIN BIODIVERSITY IN POLICY PROCESSES: MONITORING, RESEARCH, AND REPORTING Presenter: Davnah Urbach (GMBA, Bern, Switzerland)
  • CLIMATE CHANGE AND TRADITIONAL AGROBIODIVERSITY IN HIMALAYA: WOMEN’S PERCEPTION Presenter: Prakash C. Tiwari (Nainital, India)
  • TARGET 6 OF THE GBF IN MOUNTAINS: THE IPBES INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES ASSESSMENT Presenter: Aníbal Pauchard (University of Concepción, Chile)

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Call for abstract submissions: 4 September 2023
  • Deadline abstract submission: 19 November 2023
  • Early bird registration opens: December 2023
  • Presenter registration deadline: 14 February 2024
  • WBF 2024 workshops, training, etc.: 16 June 2024
  • WBF 2024 parallel sessions, plenaries: 17-20 June 2024
  • WBF 2024 excursions: 21 June 2024

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