Where to find IIED and partners at CBD COP15: event listing


IIED at the 15th Convention on Biological Diversity conference in Montreal, Canada (COP15).

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Last updated 16 November 2022
Two women farmers use hoes to tend to their crops, with a hut in the background.

Farmers in Tanzania. IIED and partners are working within the CBD to transform our relationship with nature (Photo: Riaz Jahanpour/USAID Digital Development, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

In Montreal, Canada from 5-17 December 2022, the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet to finalise and endorse an ambitious Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework at part two of the delayed 15th Conference of Parties (COP15).

IIED researchers and partners will lead and present at events throughout CBD COP15. Our key focus area is ensuring that locally led action by Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) is central to delivering the global biodiversity framework and transforming our relationship with nature.

Locally led action must be enabled through equitable governance and an increase and better access to finance. And IIED calls on governments, the private sector and all sectors to step up in their commitment to locally led action to help deliver better outcomes for people, nature and climate through the new framework and over the coming decade and beyond.

The global biodiversity framework has been under negotiation for more than two years, and this is the second phase of the – it is urgent that a new agreement is reached to chart a new 10-year pathway to reverse the loss of nature.

Our key events at COP15 are listed below:

    Thursday, 8 December

    How a human rights-based approach can deliver a truly transformative and just post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

    Side event

    Time: 6.15pm
    Venue: Side-event 1, 512E
    Hosted by: SwedBio, Forest People’s Programme, World Wildlife Foundation, ICCA Consortium, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, FARN, W4B, UN Environment Programme, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Global Youth Biodiversity Network, COOPESOLIDAR, Birdlife, GIZ, SGI, IIED, Tebtebba, Convention on Biological Diversity
    Link to info on the CBD page: Side Event Registration (cbd.int)

    Building on previous dialogues and publications, this event will draw attention to how a human rights-based approach can significantly contribute to achieving the targets and goals of the post-2020 GBF in effective and just ways and lead to a world in which people live in harmony with nature.

    The event will illustrate how a human rights-based approach can be put into practice to achieve the ocnvention's three objectives. The discussion will highlight concrete examples of a human rights-based approach to area-based conservation, sustainable use and benefit sharing and how promising human rights practices from local to national levels can support implementation, monitoring and reporting on the framework.

    Related reading: Human rights-based approaches to conserving biodiversity: equitable, effective and imperative (PDF) | Human rights in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (PDF) | Applying a human rights-based approach (PDF) | Implementing a human rights-based approach (PDF)

    Friday, 9 December

    Small farmers, farmer seeds systems and sustainability: linking Indigenous communities with science and multiple stakeholders via local NGOs platform for collaboration, innovation and adaptation

    Time: 1.15pm
    Venue: Asia and the Pacific Meeting Room, 511C-F
    Hosted by: IIED, Association for Nature and Sustainable Development (ANDES), Farmers Seed Network

    Small farmers produce a third of the world’s food and act as stewards for a diversity of plants, animals and forest. These farmers and their communities have worked in farmer seed systems to adapt to social and climate change for generations. These systems sustain traditional culture, knowledge and genetic diversity as an important basis for food security, climate resilience and sustainability. However, small farmers and producers need more support to grow their genetic resources and knowledge.

    This side event aims to share our collaboration and local community-based action results in biodiversity and agroecology focusing on farmer seed system enhancement. The event will share our bio-culture and seed system approaches and demonstrate mechanisms and experiences, piloting cases in China and other countries and contributing to the discussion around the GBF.

    Related reading: Traditional mountain landscapes: crucial for meeting biodiversity and climate targetsLessons from a fruitful journey: seven years of EbA research and action | Financing EbA through a community-based network | A spur to action – getting money to the local level for nature and climate: Make Change Happen podcast episode 19

    Wednesday, 14 December

    Gender matters for biodiversity: evidence for women’s essential role in achieving the goals of the global biodiversity framework

    Side event

    Time: 6.15pm
    Venue: SIDS meeting room, 513C
    Hosted by: IIED

    This event will distil recent research evidence on how and why gender needs to be better integrated into all levels of biodiversity conservation. Participants will hear from the authors of a recent UCL-IIED policy brief, and from academic and policy spheres, who will showcase positive examples of how mobilising women and girls’ knowledge, skills and energy would support successful implementation of the post-2020 GBF.

    Case studies from across different biomes (drylands, forest, marine and inland, for example) and from both the global North and South, will provide models and lessons for conservation policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. The side event responds directly to decision 14/34 of the COP in serving to disseminate reliable evidence on gender equality and biodiversity linkages.

    Thursday, 15 December

    The role of sustainable management of wild species by Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs)  in meeting the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

    Side event

    Time: 1.15pm
    Venue: Side-event 2, 512F
    Hosted by: Convention on Biological Diversity, Centre for International Forestry Research, Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, CMS, Food and Agriculture Organization, CIC, International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, IIED, ITC, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Trade Records Analysis of Flora and Fauna in Commerce, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

    This side event will showcase work by the members of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management and its partners that illustrates the dependence of IPLCs on wild species; the various forms of benefit they derive from these resources; how sustainable use of wild species contributes to enhancing the benefits to IPLCs and conserving the ecosystems and species involved; and how the traditional knowledge and practices of these communities support and enhance these efforts.

    Examples and case studies will be drawn from work conducted in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, covering sustainable use of wild resources ranging from wild meat to medicinal plants and other forest products. Lessons learned and best practices will be identified, and discussions will focus on actions by IPLCs, governments, CPW members and other stakeholders that can help support effective implementation of the relevant targets in the post-2020 GBF and how progress can be measured.

    Friday, 16 December

    Innovative finance: biodiversity credits for social and economic benefits

    Time: 1.15pm
    Venue: African Group Meeting Room, 511BE
    Hosted by: United Nations Development Programme, IIED

    Biodiversity is degrading at alarming rates, and those living in biodiversity hotspots often face the highest burden of both biodiversity degradation and inequitable or mismanaged conservation efforts, including human wildlife conflict. Biodiversity credits, or ‘biocredits’, are emerging as a coherent unit of measurement that can be used to incentivise conservation and preservation efforts and outcomes, while channelling finance to indigenous people and local communities.

    With increasing interest from both private and public buyers and sellers, there is a need for collaboration among emerging practitioners to ensure a transparent and equitable market is established. This event will bring together practitioners, investors and conservation organisations to discuss the design and implementation of the emerging biocredits market, what it needs to be advanced and how it can be leveraged for biodiversity and for people.

    Related reading: Making the market work for nature | Biocredits for nature conservation and poverty reduction | Implementing biocredits: making the market work for nature and people


    Ebony Holland (ebony.holland@iied.org), nature-climate policy lead in IIED's Natural Resources and Climate Change research groups