Sat, 10 Dec|
Biodiversity Law and Governance Day 2022
Time & Location
10 Dec 2022, 09:00 – 14:00
Montreal, New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel St, Montreal, QC H3A 1X1, Canada
About the Event
Biodiversity Law & Governance Day 2022 #BLGD22 will take place during CBD COP15, in person at McGill University and Online on Saturday, 10 December 2022. Biodiversity Law & Governance Day 2022 seeks to facilitate dialogue, engagement and action between Parties, Observers and stakeholders, including a growing global biodiversity law and governance community of practice.
FULL PROGRAMME FOR BIODIVERSITY LAW AND GOVERNANCE DAY 2022 TO COME.
The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat (SCBD), together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UN-Environment), International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Commission for Environmental Law (IUCN-WCEL), International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and other partners are honoured to bring Parties, UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations, academia, private sector actors and civil society together, building upon the success of the inaugural 2016 Biodiversity Law and Governance Day (BLGD) held in Cancun alongside CBD CoP13. The gathering serves to track trends, share knowledge and practical experiences, and build capacity for collaborative efforts on mainstreaming biodiversity in energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing, and health. It also aims to share knowledge on implementing the Global Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework and Aichi Biodiversity Targets, strengthen the effectiveness of the Nagoya Protocol, and enhance synergies between biodiversity treaties and international organizations.
Themes of Biodiversity Law & Governance Day 2022:
- Mainstreaming biodiversity in the sectors of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing, and health: How can law and governance mechanisms assist in mainstreaming of biodiversity in the sectors of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing, and health? What is the role of environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment?
- Implementing the Global Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework: COP 15 is expected to consider for adoption the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in the context of the 2050 Vision of the current Strategic Plan, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other relevant international processes. What can be learned from law and governance approaches that have been adopted to implement the current Strategic Plan? What should the role of law and governance be in the post-2020 framework?
- Strengthening the effectiveness of the Nagoya Protocol: The Nagoya Protocol has been in force for nearly four years, and the Parties will undertake the first assessment and review of its effectiveness at COP-MOP 3. What lessons can be learned from national and regional implementation efforts? What will the impacts be of emerging technologies on the effectiveness of the Protocol?
- Enhancing synergies between biodiversity treaties and international organizations: Many international treaties and processes are relevant to biodiversity and ecosystems. How can Parties to the CBD and international organizations improve cooperation so as to enhance synergies and address intersections between organizations and regimes and biodiversity? What law and governance mechanisms can be used to improve coordination and cohesion?
Offering over a full day of dialogue, keynotes, and parallel roundtable/panel sessions, BLGD22 stimulates knowledge exchange, builds synergies for capacity building and research collaborations, and inspires cross-pollination between different fields of law, policy and jurisdictions to encourage innovation in legal and institutional tools for mainstreaming biodiversity.
In addition, in BLGD22, Parties, Observers and other stakeholders and supporters from the global biodiversity law and governance community of practice:
- Profile and share innovative international, national, and local biodiversity law and governance mechanisms, challenges and best practices;
- Catalyse knowledge exchange between delegates, legal practitioners and the legal academic community to co-generate new law and governance knowledge and approaches; and
- Facilitate collaboration within the law and governance community to support capacity development for implementing the CBD, the Global Post 2020 Biodiversity Framework, and SDGs 14 and 15.
The 2022 Biodiversity Law & Governance Day will be held during the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 in Montreal this year, hosted by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Commission for Environmental Law (IUCN-WCEL), McGill University, the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the University of Montreal, in collaboration with the International Law Association (ILA), International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organisation (IITIO) and other partners. Engaging specialists from the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat (SCBD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UN-Environment), as well as government officials, negotiators and practitioners from leading countries, renowned universities and legal institutes, law associations and business from around the world, the Day provides a space to share legal solutions to the biodiversity emergency, exchanging new ideas and building capacity to implement the Global Biodiversity Framework through law.