2021 is the “Ye­ar of Im­pact”.

“COP26 of UNFCCC, COP15 of CBD and COP15 of UNCCD are con­ve­ning; par­ties are ex­pec­ted to com­mit to a new glo­bal bio­di­ver­si­ty frame­work and in­crea­se their am­bi­ti­on to com­bat cli­ma­te chan­ge. In­vi­go­ra­ti­on of syn­er­gies bet­ween con­ven­ti­ons will hope­ful­ly set us on a path to grea­ter su­staina­bi­li­ty and to achie­ving the SDGs in 2030. Un­der­ly­ing the­se glo­bal aspi­ra­ti­ons are re­gio­nal, na­tio­nal and lo­cal ac­tions that are prac­tical and so­lu­ti­ons-ori­en­ted.

The World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum Vir­tu­al Events will bring to­ge­ther bio­di­ver­si­ty sci­en­tists, sci­en­tists from di­sci­pli­nes re­le­vant to the the­me of the vir­tu­al event with re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves from key sec­tors (agri­cul­tu­re, fi­nan­ce, health), as well as other so­cietal ac­tors, e.g youth, to in­tro­du­ce ca­se stu­dies, tell us about suc­cess sto­ries and high­light­ing syn­er­gies. Events are in­ten­ded as calls to ac­tion, of­fe­ring in­spi­ra­ti­on and po­si­ti­ve ex­amp­les for so­lu­ti­ons to crea­te an im­pact ac­tion agen­da for bio­di­ver­si­ty.

The se­ries of events kicked off with a launch event on 7 Ja­nu­a­ry 2021, and will con­ti­nue with six weekly events in May / Ju­ne 2021. The event in Ja­nu­a­ry built the foun­da­ti­on (the why and the what), whi­le events in May / Ju­ne pick up spe­ci­fic the­mes and high­light op­ti­ons for ac­tions and so­lu­ti­ons (the how), and chal­len­ge the au­di­ence to fol­low su­it and ta­ke ac­tion.”

More information on the events, and instructions for joining can be found here.

PD Dr. Tina Heger

Fields of Expertise: Biodiversity Research, Ecological Theory