COP15 side event: Transformative change for nature positive pathways

Neither business as usual nor incremental changes to the ways nature is governed can possibly reverse the trend of biodiversity loss. Only by transformative change, a process that changes the underlying societal factors (indirect drivers, root causes of biodiversity loss) that drive development, society can achieve nature positive development (see recent IPBES and IPCC reports). This includes changing institutions, governance structures, power relationships, paradigms, goals and values (e.g. globalization, the paradigm of economic growth, values on the relationships between humans and non-humans).

Organised by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Durham University, IDDRI

Thu 15 December 2022 09:00 to 13:00

Venue Rio Pavillion

Tinkering around the edges and envisioning minor changes will simply not achieve stopping further loss, let alone nature positive development. Nature positive development can be achieved following multiple pathways, but only if ambitious conservation efforts are combined with broader sustainability efforts. Scenario-studies provide insight in the efforts needed to achieve a recovery of nature in its multiple values. An important issue is the alignment of biodiversity and climate. As the IPCC and IPBES workshop report noted limiting global warming to ensure a habitable climate and protecting biodiversity are mutually supporting goals, and their achievement is essential for sustainably and equitably providing benefits to people. Transformative change in governance of socio-ecological systems can help create climate and biodiversity resilient development pathways.

In this context, the question this session addresses is what it will take to make the implementation of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework transformative. It will do so in four rounds:

  1. Towards Transformative change? Mobilising the GBF
  2. Ministerial Panel: Aligning Nature and Climate Change for Transformative Change
  3. Building productive linkages between whole of society and whole of government
  4. Recognizing and rewarding transformative change: the role of monitoring, reporting and review

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