Launching Local Biodiversity Outlooks at COP13

Launching Local Biodiversity Outlooks at COP13

Peoples from around the world have gathered at the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) to discuss the theme ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity’. The topic aims to encourage debate on how national decision-making does and can integrate conservation and sustainable use of biological resources into economic, development, planning and other sectors of governance. For Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs), COP13 also presents a chance to highlight their essential role in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

As part of the two-week conference, being held in Mexico until December 17, Forest Peoples Programme, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will present Local Biodiversity Outlooks. Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Contributions to the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. A complement to the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook.

The idea for the publication arose at COP12 in the Republic of Korea in 2014, when Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4), the CBD’s flagship assessment on the state of biodiversity was launched.  IIFB members concluded that IPLCs should share their own success stories and challenges in relation to biodiversity, conservation and sustainable use and development, and highlight their contributions to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Local Biodiversity Outlooks includes case studies from all around the globe. Most of the world’s biodiversity is found in territories customarily governed by IPLCs, and supporting the traditional owners of these lands is essential if Earth’s biodiversity is to be safeguarded and used sustainably for the benefit of all. 

Local Biodiversity Outlooks will be officially launched in Mexico, during the evening of Sunday 11 December, when it will also become available online. It represents the first step in a plan to collect data on the work being carried out on all 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets by IPLCs globally. This data will be available to all at www.localbiodiversityoutlooks.net