- The event will take place on 29 October in Strasbourg (FR), at Maison Région Grand Est (1 Pl. Adrien Zeller, 67000, Room Hemicycle), and online, from 9:15-10:15 CET. The entire workshop will be conducted in English.

As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, there is a compelling opportunity to move towards 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 to action to solve these crises together.

The call to halt the loss of biodiversity arises from Sustainable Development Goal 15, “Life on Land”. Progress towards meeting 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 the 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. This framework will be an essential tool for achieving 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. They must work together to develop policies and strategies that are able to bend the curve of biodiversity loss, and guarantee a greener and healthier future for future generations. At the time of writing, many national and global authorities have already recognised the urgency of this situation, and started to elaborate new plans to stay on the green-shift path.

Ahead of negotiations on the new global biodiversity framework, in May 2020 the European Commission adopted the [url=https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1590574123338&uri=CELEX:52020DC0380]EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030[/url]. 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 testament to the commitment of local and regional authorities across the world to safeguard our ecosystems over the coming decade.

In this workshop, the AER’s Task force on Climate together with Regions 4 and other stakeholders will debate how regions can help to enhance biodiversity, and work towards a better, fairer and greener recovery that drives truly sustainable development.

All the participants at the on-site event must comply with the COVID-19 rules in France and show a valid COVID-19 certificate at the venue doors.