the adoption of the CoR opinion on biodiversity "“Bio-diverse cities and regions beyond 2020 at the UN CBD COP 15 and in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030" by rapporteur Roby
Biwer (LU/PES), the ENVE commission co-organised with ICLEI and Regions4 three
events on the topic as part of the 18th EU Regions Week and the
Green Week 2020. You can read below a summary of these events.
October 2020: "Biodiversity 2030: your say, our future"
The session shared the successful stories of
EU cities and regions, such as Seville (ES), Murter-Kornati (HR), Nijmegen
(NL), Lombardy (IT), Bettembourg (LU), Sant Cugat del Vallès (ES) and Lahti
(FI) in halting biodiversity loss and ecosystems degradation. Some of the
experiences shared include increased public awareness on the importance of
biodiversity and ecosystem services; the necessity of greener urban areas as
well as the importance of generating financial changes to promote local and
subnational action, including long-term investments to prevent future pandemics.
Read more here.
21 October 2020: "Catalysing Local Governments Action
for the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Local Governments Biodiversity
Committee of the Regions in cooperation with the South African Department of
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, ICLEI and Expertise France organised this
side event of the EU Regions Week to present the EU-South Africa Dialogue project that will involve,
among others, CoR members and South African counterparts to share their best
practices on protection and conversation of biodiversity and nature.
also provided insights and advocated on the active roles and actions local
governments can take towards contributing to biodiversity conservation in the
post-2020 global biodiversity policy framework.
presentations and recording of welcome messages are available at http://tiny.cc/EUSA_Dialogue
Cities like Lahti (Finland), Växjö
(Sweden), Tartu (Estonia), Copenhagen (Denmark) have already developed and
implemented initiatives to overcome the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic,
most of them centered on the fundamental importance of biodiversity and nature
for human well-being. Some of the experiences shared include a generalized
increased public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem
services; the necessity of greener urban areas as well as the importance of
generating financial changes to promote local and subnational action, including
long-term investments to prevent future pandemics. Thanks to the European Investment Bank,
participants could discover that there are financial opportunities for cities
and regions to apply for.
At the European level, the EU institutions
are cooperating more than ever to accelerate the action to preserve and
conserve nature and biodiversity in EU cities and regions; while guaranteeing
an access and right to enjoy them by their citizens. In addition to the EU
Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the European Commission launched today the Green City Accord. Meanwhile, the European Committee of the
Regions supports the implementation of EU policy on nature and biodiversity
also via the recent Opinion “Bio-diverse cities and regions beyond 2020 at the UN CBD COP 15
and in the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030". The Opinion highlights
the importance of local and regional leaders in the biodiversity agenda at the European and
At the global level, local and subnational governments, gathered under the Edinburgh Declaration led by the Scottish Government and partners including the European Committee of the Regions, ICLEI and Regions4 are advocating for the adoption of a new dedicated Decision at CBD COP15 for the greater inclusion of subnational governments, cities and local authorities within the post-2020 global biodiversity framework among other key messages. The Edinburgh Declaration is open for signature, more information on how to join is available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/edinburgh-declaration-on-post-2020-biodiversity-framework/pages/how-to-sign/