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Calendar icon_green25-26 November, 2020

Location_icon_green  OECD Headquarters, Paris

Why a Forum on natural resources and COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the lack of resilience of our socioeconomic systems globally. The links between biodiversity loss and other natural capital and risks these impose on human health and our economies is more evident than ever. Yet natural capital – the biodiversity and ecosystem services upon we depend - is rapidly deteriorating. Since 1970, one tenth of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and one third of freshwater biodiversity has been lost. Deforestation continues and land degradation has reduced productivity of 23 per cent of the global terrestrial area. Coastal waters are deteriorating due to pollution and coastal eutrophication is expected to increase by 20 percent in large marine ecosystems by 2050

These trends in natural capital erosion can profoundly affect the resilience of our societies, with biodiversity loss among the top global risks to the society. As the international community strives to agree on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at COP15, and prepare for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP26, the 2020 OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum will focus on “Securing natural capital: Resilience, risk management and Covid-19”.

Context

The deterioration of natural capital threatens the productivity of several economic sectors, ranging from agriculture and fisheries to tourism and industry. At the same time, the drivers of biodiversity loss, such as land use change including deforestation, over-exploitation of natural resources,  wildlife trade, and climate change are helping to create the conditions for pathogens to leap from animals to humans. Furthermore, the recent spread of new diseases from livestock and the homogeneity of farmed species underline the importance of increasing resilience and security of our food system. How is the COVID-19 pandemic re-shaping the policy debate on biodiversity and natural capital protection? What best practices are emerging from sectors and policy areas with direct links to nature and biodiversity? What approaches can address both biodiversity and climate objectives? How can we measure progress towards securing life on land and under water as per SDGs 14 and 15, and best mobilise finance for achieving these goals?

Overview

The first two sessions will focus on the best practices, opportunities and challenges for enhancing the environmental sustainability of the sectors that directly depend on the natural capital on land (session 1) and on oceans (session 2). Session 3 will discuss how biodiversity and natural capital  can help to increase the resilience of our societies to the impact of climate change. The two parallel sessions will focus on the existing data gaps, since “you can cannot manage what you cannot measure”, and on how to mobilise finance to achieve the SDG targets on biodiversity. The forum would be of interest to the Environment Policy Committee and its Working Party on Biodiversity, Water and Ecosystems (WPBWE), the Committee on Agriculture and the Joint Working Party on Agriculture and Environment, Committee on Fisheries, the Committee on Consumer Policy (CPC), the Chemicals Committee, the Investment Committee (IC) and its Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, Committee on Tourism as well as the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and its Environment and Development Network, International Transport Forum.

Proposed Forum sessions

Wednesday 
25 November

14:00-15:30

 

Wednesday
25 November

16:00-17:30

 

 

Thursday
26 November

09:30-11:00

 

 

Thursday 
26 November

11:30-13:00

 

 

Thursday 
26 November

11:30-13:00

 

Thursday
26 November

14:30-16:00

 

 

Thursday 
26 November

16:15-17:15

 

 

Wednesday 
25 November

14:00-15:30

 

Wednesday
25 November

16:00-17:30

 

 

Thursday
26 November

09:30-11:00

 

 

Thursday 
26 November

11:30-13:00

 

 

Thursday 
26 November

11:30-13:00

 

Thursday
26 November

14:30-16:00

 

 

Thursday 
26 November

16:15-17:15

 

 

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