Convention on Biological Diversity

The 12th Conference of the Parties
Oct 6 – 17, 2014 in Pyeongchang, South Korea

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The Twelfth Conference of the Parties, or COP 12, is an international decision making forum that guides national behavior related to the use of natural capital and influences donor priorities. Four years ago, the CBD agreed on a new ten-year strategic plan, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The focus is now on implementation, including key aspects of financing and ensuring that the major drivers of biodiversity loss, such as climate change, are sufficiently addressed.

The Nagoya Protocol, a binding treaty falling under the CBD, enters into force at this year's meeting. This is a significant milestone for the Convention, as well as for the concept and practice of Access and Benefit-Sharing.

Topics under negotiation for this COP include biodiversity and climate change, resource mobilization, and marine and coastal biodiversity.

Our role

CI acts as an advisor to governments, providing analyses, data, and policy options before and during the negotiations, while some members of CI staff will work closely with the national delegations of their native countries.

Our positions on negotiation items are as follows: ​​​​​​​​

  • Gangwon Declaration/Pyeongchang Roadmap 2020: CI supports the development of a roadmap for implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan and Aichi Biodiversity Targets; however, this must not be used as an opportunity to lower ambition. We strongly support linking the Aichi Targets with the post-2015 development agenda, as the conservation of biodiversity should be considered foundational to the aims of sustainable development.
  • Resource Mobilization: CI urges the Parties to preserve the Hyderabad Target to double financial investments for biodiversity by 2015, maintain this level until 2020, and not reopen this issue for debate at COP 12. In a joint position paper with BirdLife International, The Nature Conservancy and WWF, CI outlines specific positions regarding Resource Mobilization and calls on Parties to prioritize biodiversity in national plans and foreign development aid requests. Please see our joint position paper below for specific recommendations.
  • Traditional Knowledge: In Article 8(j), CI urges Parties to adopt the language of “indigenous peoples and local communities,” recognizing indigenous peoples as peoples within their own right, which is in accordance with our policy on Indigenous Peoples and CI's guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change: CI encourages Parties to promote and implement an ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) approach to integrate biodiversity into climate change. CI recognizes the additional benefits this provides for climate change mitigation and disaster risk reduction (DRR). Regarding REDD+, CI calls on the CBD to develop indicators and advice for REDD+ safeguards for consideration in broader dialogues and implementation efforts.
  • Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: We agree with the CBD's approach to marine and coastal biodiversity and urge the Parties to maintain the ambitious recommendations.

CI’s focus is on supporting the implementation of the CBD’s Strategic Plan through the mobilization of financial resources and mechanisms for delivering funding from both public and private sources at the scale needed to achieve the Aichi Targets. CI also works with partners to circulate practical tools to support the implementation of the Aichi Targets, including technical guides and position papers. These documents are available below.

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Our delegation

  • Lina Barrera, Policy Center
  • Rowan Braybrook,  Policy Center
  • Maggie Comstock, Policy Center
  • Yasushi Hibi, CI-Japan
  • Adrienne McKeehan, Policy Center
  • Lissett Medrano, Policy Center
  • Yoji Natori, CI-Japan
  • Elise Rebut, CI-Europe
  • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Policy Center & CI-Costa Rica
  • Lilian Spijkerman, CI-GEF
  • Luis Suarez, CI-Ecuador

  • CEPF Delegation
  • Julie Shaw
  • Nina Marshall
  • Patricia Zurita

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