Further reading: Who, what and how?
Our office director in Beijing, Paul Kohlenberg, describes how the topic of biodiversity is being discussed in China and how the great power is preparing for COP 15 in this interview.
How international civil society is coming together and taking a stand on the ongoing negotiations as well as opportunities for civil society participation can be found at the website of the CBD Alliance.
An assessment of the first draft of the new post-2020 agreement has been presented by various NGOs and civil society networks. Here is a small selection:
- CBD Alliance: statements on various aspects in the first draft
- The Green Finance Observatory sees “serious concerns and serious questions” (especially with a view to the financialization of nature)
- The WWF “welcomes the publication of the first draft of the framework as a major step towards securing a crucial global biodiversity agreement.”
Helpful for the evaluation of further drafts is also the “Dos and Don’ts” paper by Friends of the Earth and other NGOs, which the Heinrich Böll Foundation has also signed.
An important issue that we have not highlighted in this article is international biodiversity finance. We would like to provide three reading suggestions on this topic:
- Third World Network: Beyond the gap: Placing biodiversity finance in the global economy
- Forest Peoples Programme: Biodiversity and finance: building on common ground with customary rights-holders
- WWF: Barometer on CBD’s Strategy for Resource Mobilization