Regional governments launch the “Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action” during COP14

Eight regional governments around the world, representing more than 2000 km2 of territories, got together to launch the Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action (SCBA), an open call for action to all subnational governments for vertical integration and multi-level governance to accelerate global ambitions for biodiversity to 2020 and beyond.

The Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action is a milestone in National-subnational cooperation as a clear call for collaboration and support to the Parties while it reaffirms the subnational commitment towards the realization of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020 and beyond. The call for action includes five strategic commitments:

  • Lead the development of Subnational Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (SNBSAPs) in
    alignment with, and as a complement to National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs);
  • Maximize subnational efforts to implement tools, guidelines and nature-based solutions, as well as to
    exchange best practices and promote decentralized cooperation to support the implementation of the
    Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the NBSAPs and the SNBSAPs;
  • Mainstream biodiversity conservation in policies and practices for all economic sectors, under the
    frame of the 2030 Agenda and all its SDGs emphasizing 14 (Life in the Oceans) and 15 (Life on land);
  • Mobilize and involve the entire range of civil society through communication, education and public
    awareness strategies at a subnational level, including the private sector, indigenous peoples, local
    communities and their traditional knowledge, as well as non-governmental organizations and academia;
  • Actively engage with planning, monitoring and evaluation systems at a National and subnational level,
    as appropriate, to develop visions and goals, and to report on the progress of our actions in line with the
    reporting obligations of the Parties under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the achievement of
    the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for Biodiversity and their natural successors post-2020;

The Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action is led by the Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments and Biodiversity (AC SNG) to the CBD, coordinated by the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development – nrg4SD, with the support of the CBD and ICLEI. The call for action embraces other initiatives equally crucial to the achievement of this ambition: the Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform (R4BLP), led by nrg4SD and officially supported by the CBD; and the Group of Leading Subnational Governments toward Aichi Biodiversity Targets (GoLS), coordinated by the Government of Aichi. Both platforms provide technical capacity building and political support, respectively, to subnational governments
seeking to make an impact.

The SCBA was launched during a Press Conference during the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP14), with the participation of HE Khaled Fouda – Governor of South Sinai; Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer – Executive Secretary of CBD; HE Hideaki Ohmura – Governor of Aichi Prefecture; Mr. Jean Lemire – Special Envoy for Climate Change and Northern and Arctic Issues, Government of Québec, Canada; HE. Eduardo Trani – Secretary of Environmental Affairs, State Government; Mr. Oliver Hillel – Programme Officer CBD Secretariat; Dr. Cathy Oke – ICLEI’s First Vice President, Councillor of Melbourne and Ms. Natalia Vera, Secretary General of nrg4SD.

“Subnational governments play a critical role for the Biodiversity Convention and for achieving the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. They manage the urban-rural linkages that contribute to the sustainable use of biodiversity. Other attributes of subnational governments that are important to the Convention include vertical coordination of Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans between different levels of government, but also the design and operation of positive economic incentives, and greener businesses regulation” said Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Read the full SCBA Statement here.

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Other nrg4SD COP14 events

At the official venue of COP 14, nrg4SD will host the side-event “Regional Governments: a cross-sectional approach to accelerate global ambitions in Climate Change, Biodiversity and SDGs” (25 November  – 18:15) in which member regions will share experiences, tools and lessons learned regarding the coherent integration of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and other relevant global frameworks, reinforcing the message included in nrg4SD’s declaration “Regional Governments – The Key to Mainstreaming Biodiversity Across Sectors”.

On the 26 November, the Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments and Biodiversity (AC SNG) will participate, among other partners, in the COP 14 side-event “Towards a New Deal for Nature and People: An Action Plan for Local and Subnational Governments” (26 November – 13:15). This side event is hosted under the auspices of the Global Partnership on Local and Subnational Action for Biodiversity and it marks the launch of the Subnational Coalition for Biodiversity Action (SCBA) and its Plan of Action 2018-2020, reaffirming the commitment of subnational governments towards the realization of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the global biodiversity agenda.

Also on 26 November (10:00), the members of the Regions for Biodiversity Learning Platform (R4BLP), Quebec, Palawan, Sao Paulo and Aichi, will organize the side-event “Empowering Subnational Governments to Implement the CBD and the ABT through Innovation, Cooperation and Collaboration”, on the margins of the Communication, Education and Public Awareness Fair (CEPA Fair). The event will showcase the results of the platform after two years of learning exchanges and contributions to the CBD dialogues and will feature the launch of the report “Global challenges: regional solutions”.


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