As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, there is a powerful opportunity to move to a more integrated approach to sustainable development and climate action. One which supports a transformative recovery and is geared towards promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental protection. For this reason, it is essential to recognise the strong link between biodiversity loss and climate change and commit action to solve these crisis together.

The call to halt the loss of biodiversity arises from the Sustainable Development Goal 15, “ Life on Land”, and has been acknowledged by the global community and international institutions. Progress to meet the global biodiversity targets, including the ACHI and SDG targets, has been insufficient and transformative change will be required to realise the 2030 Agenda”.

This year, critical decisions will be made on development, climate and environment. Among the most important ones is the new global biodiversity framework to be adopted at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China in October. This new global vision for jointly safeguarding nature in the post-2020 era will offer the chance to build a more sustainable relationship between humanity and nature, essential to achieve a strong recovery, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development.
Achieving this Goal requires a joint action among all levels of governments and sectors of society to develop policies and strategies that are able to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and guarantee a greener and healthier future for the next generations. By this time, many national and global authorities have recognised the urgency of the situation and started to elaborate new plans to stick to the green-shift path.

Ahead of the negotiations on the new global biodiversity framework, in May 2020 the European Commission adopted the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. This new long-term plan to protect nature and reverse the degradation of ecosystems also acknowledges the crucial role of local and regional authorities in supporting the implementation of the strategy and its ambition to put Europe's biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030.
The Edinburgh Declaration on post-2020 global biodiversity framework, signed in August 2020 and promoted by the Government of Scotland and the CBD Secretariat, is a great proof of commitment by local and regional authorities across the world to implement the safeguard of our ecosystem over the coming decade.

AER Task force on Climate together with Regions 4 and other stakeholders will debate how regions can help to enhance biodiversity towards a better, fairer and greener recovery and sustainable development.