Newsletter Invaluable N°5
Biodiversity conservation: from fall 2014 to summer 2015
In fall 2014, the INVALUABLE project actively engaged with stakeholders so as to influence debates within the conservation community. In October 2014, INVALUABLE members presented the project’s important messages during a well-attended side event at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12), held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. In the context of the Strategy for Resource Mobilisation, market-based instruments, in particular payments for environmental services (PES), were discussed and shown to be potential policy instruments contributing to filling the funding gap and provide actors with positive economic incentives to modify their land use decisions (see the interview of French Ambassador for the Environment Xavier Sticker, page 3).
Acknowledging possible risks associated to these tools, the side event’s participants envisioned social and environmental safeguards so as to ensure efficient and equitable governance design, and preclude the loss of intrinsically pro-environment and pro-social motivations as well as communities’ collective action. In this process, the role of law and knowledge to engage stakeholders in information sharing and decisionmaking was emphasized (see our methods section, page 4).
Moving beyond the sole biodiversity community, so as to reach NGO practitioners and protected areas’ managers, INVALUABLE results were also presented at the IUCN World Parks Congress in November 2014 in Sydney, Australia, analysing agri-environment measures (see our results section, page 5) as well as biodiversity mitigation banks, which require setting up complex valuation methodologies (see our results section, page 2).
And now what is next for biodiversity in 2015? Not to be marginalized, the biodiversity conservation community needs to actively engage in the UN process of negotiating the post-2015 Agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). This is indeed the arena where economic actors and sectors which have an impact on biodiversity will meet. Discussions about biodiversity conservation cannot remain sectorial and need to reach all other sectors of society. In this regard, governments, organisations and donor agencies will also have to mainstream biodiversity in all their strategies (see our stakeholder engagement section, page 6).
For the same reason, biodiversity experts and practitioners ought to be very vigilant when climate negotiations take place in December 2015 in Paris for COP21. Important safeguards for biodiversity need to be set, in particular within REDD+ discussions.
In this very busy diplomatic year for the Planet’s environment, INVALUABLE will continue to release policy-relevant publications (see page 7), and most importantly will hold its end-of-project conference in Paris on June 19, 2015. This will help all partners disseminate final results on market-based instruments for biodiversity conservation, their potential effectiveness and associated challenges. Such discussions will hopefully help emphasize the role of biodiversity for sustainable development and adaptation to climate change, and in turn will demonstrate the importance of its preservation, not just as a sectorial issue, but as common good for humanity.
This Newsletter is organized as follows:
- Results: Evaluating biodiversity in offset banking
- Interview: Xavier Sticker on CBD COP12
- Methods: The need for sound regulation in PES
- Results: Agri-environment measures in Germany
- Stakeholder engagement: Norad’s view on biodiversity
- Partners’ publications and events