5th Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity & the 8th International Conference on Sustainability Science

13 – 23 April

Hands holding a globe with a butterfly

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The joint fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS 8) aim to provide space for scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to discuss and make recommendations on how science, technology and innovation could contribute to the effective implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in order to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and obtain positive biodiversity outcomes and foster transformative change towards achieving the 2050 Vision.

In particular, participants will discuss options and solutions to facilitate the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, including potential nature-based solutions for tackling both biodiversity loss and climate change challenges based on solid scientific knowledge and evidence. They will also identify key knowledge gaps and priorities for science-policy research, needs for capacity building and opportunities for increased technical and scientific cooperation.


All indicated times refer to UTC / GMT


11:00 – 11:30Opening of the joint event
11:30 – 12:30Session 1, Part 1: A framework for transition: towards the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)
12:45 – 13:40Session 1, Part 2:

Breakout group 1: Advancing solutions for transition

Breakout group 2: Enabling conditions for transitioning to zero net habitat loss (zero net deforestation, land degradation and land use change)
13:40 – 14:00Closing


11:00 – 11:30Round table on biodiversity monitoring and data

– The data challenge
– Key data needs
– The data and monitoring investment

Final discussion, questions from audience


11:00 – 11:35Session 3: Harnessing science, technology and innovations to support the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework
11:35 – 12:40Breakout group 1: Biodiversity, Climate and Livelihoods: Implications for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Breakout group 2: The current landscape of renewable energy technologies and applications, and its impact on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
12:40 – 13:00Closing


15:00 – 16:30Session 4: Links between loss of biodiversity, climate change and zoonotic diseases


11:00 – 12:30Session 5: Young Scholars and Professionals Session: Ecological Restoration – framing challenges and opportunities
12:45 – 13:45SDG Labs – Biodiversity-Solutions for Change
13:45 – 14:15Closing Session



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