IIASA researchers will participate in back-to-back events organized by Biodiversa+, the European Biodiversity Partnership, which will focus on the knowledge and capacity needed to facilitate the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
The Biodiversa+ Policy Forum will take place on 18 April from 13:30 to 17:45 CEST, and aims to facilitate science-based guidance to implement the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), in particular Goal A on the integrity, connectivity, and resilience of ecosystems. Martin Jung, a researcher in the IIASA Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group, will present coauthored work on the NaturaConnect project, and how it will contribute policy-relevant science to the realization of the GBF and the European Biodiversity Strategy. The forum will be an opportunity to:
- Learn more about the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) and its monitoring framework.
- Look at the Key Biodiversity Areas and how they can contribute to the GBF.
- Explore how to build a coherent trans-European Nature Network of conserved areas by building on national experiences and by building on new knowledge.
- Find out about transnational biodiversity projects co-designed with stakeholders and how they can generate knowledge and support the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
The policy forum will be followed by the BiodivProtect kick-off meeting on 19 April 2023 from 09:00 to 18:00 CEST for 36 projects funded under the BiodivProtect Call. IIASA Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group Leader, Piero Visconti, will deliver a keynote address.
The transnational research projects will run for three years and address the following themes:
- Knowledge for identifying priority conservation areas, establishing effective and resilient ecological networks, enhancing species-based protection, and preserving genetic diversity.
- Multiple benefits and costs of biodiversity and ecosystem protection: synergies and trade-offs.
- Effective management and equitable governance to deliver bold conservation outcomes.
The 36 selected projects are academically excellent and mobilize a wide range of disciplines, while engaging many relevant stakeholders, and addressing various pressing scientific and societal issues. Ministries and leaders of international bodies such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN bodies, and senior officials of the European Commission will be in attendance.
The IIASA Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group participates in the Biodiversa+ funded project INSPIRE which is aiming to produce a novel framework for prioritizing management efforts across terrestrial, freshwater, and marine realms. INSPIRE will be presented to scientists and decision makers at the BiodivProtect kick-off meeting on 19 and 20 April and will have its project kick-off meeting at IIASA on 4 and 5 May.
06 March 2024 University Museum of Natural History, Oxford
06 March 2024 Brussels-Belgium
24 June 2024 Laxenburg, Austria