"Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being" was the title of the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13-CBD). The coordination office and members of 'Biodiversity in Good Company' participated in the meeting, which took place in Cancún, Mexico, 4 - 17 December 2017.
At COP 13, decisions have been taken on a wide range of topics, from synthetic biology to protected areas, the resolution of marine issues to access-and-benefit sharing. In a central press release of the CBD they are summarized.
The assessment on pollinators and pollination of the new World Biodiversity Council IPBES was also acknowledged and the results were adopted by the parties to the CBD, thus gaining first effectiveness in politics.
Governments have committed themselves explicitly, or reaffirmed, their reforms in the field of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism in terms of biodiversity, including the elimination of harmful subsidies. This is certainly important for the next agricultural reform in Europe, for example. The focus of the COP was on the above mentioned sectors.
The decisions of COP 13 are available at the CBD website.
In the run-up to CBD-COP 13 CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias together with the Government of Mexico called upon businesses worldwide to sign a two-page"Business and Biodiversity Pledge". Many of the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' members are among the signatories. The pledge can be accessed under https://www.cbd.int/business/pledges.shtml and is open to further members of the private sector to join.
With app. 250 participants, the two-day business forum saw more participants than ever before and several of our member companies were among the speakers of the event (Aleph Inc, Faber-Castell Brazil, Saraya Co. Ltd, Weleda, Volkswagen Mexico). The two-day conference took place in parallel to the ministerial high-level segment of the CBD-COP 13.
"Mainstreaming biodiversity in companies: The ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ Initiative and India Business & Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) present their experience and recommendations" was the title of the side event that 'Biodiversity in Good Company' held on 5 December 2016 in conjunction with our Indian partner initiative IBBI.
On the occasion of the Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP 13) in Mexico in December 2016, 'Biodiversity in Good Company' advocated better integration of biological diversity in corporate sustainability management. We invite you to have a look at our position paper