Dossier on the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancún (CBD COP 13)
Mainstreaming Biodiversity was the central motto of the Cancún conference taking place 4-17 December, 2016. The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung followed the negotiations in Mexico particularly on the issues of Synthetic Biology, New Economy of Nature and Geoengineering.
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will hold its 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Mexico in December 2016. This briefing explains why synthetic biology is threatening all objectives of the CBD unless the parties act on five key issues.
In Paris in 2015 governments agreed to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees. The mainstream pathways pin theirhopes to risky and costly technologies. In this joint publication, together with Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and Misereor, we present alternatives that are possible and necessary for a change of course.
This report summarises the key evidence which must be considered about BECCS. It looks at the overwhelmingly destructive impacts of existing large-scale bioenergy production and use and the implications of massively scaling it up, as would be required for a global BECCS programme.