Opportunity to shape global knowledge support systems for biodiversity

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UNEP-WCMC and partners are considering the required knowledge systems for biodiversity, to bring together dispersed existing resources, training tools and knowledge products to help countries around the world track and act on new global targets for nature.  
Policy makers and the environmental community are eagerly awaiting the finalisation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the UN Biodiversity Conference, taking place in Montreal, Canada under the Presidency of China, this month.  Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will negotiate a global biodiversity framework, which sets out a series of international targets to protect, restore and channel financing for nature, which individual countries will contribute towards. 
Knowledge sharing, technical support and scientific cooperation are essential for the implementation of the decisions under the CBD, providing opportunities for collaboration as Parties revise and implement national biodiversity strategies and action plans. 
While the specific targets and means for monitoring will be finalised at COP15, UNEP-WCMC and partners – including governments, the CBD Secretariat, UN agencies, and the European Commission – are exploring options for enhanced cooperation to support the implementation of the global biodiversity framework from 2023 onwards.  
UNEP-WCMC is now conducting a scoping study for “global knowledge support services for biodiversity” – to connect existing biodiversity knowledge hubs and other biodiversity-related data providers and tools to support national institutions – and welcomes the views of countries and non-governmental organisations on the potential parameters of these support services. 
What these support services could look like, and how they might function, is now open for consultation – it could encompass a framework to help government staff ensure inclusive and robust monitoring, to seamless connection to online resources, technical networks and peer-to-peer exchanges. 

“One of the most exciting, innovative aspects of the global biodiversity framework is its focus on technical and scientific cooperation. This is fundamental to enhance how biodiversity data and information is generated, accessed, managed, and used by all countries for implementing the framework.   

“Through engaging with countries and other stakeholders in the design of global knowledge support services for biodiversity, we hope to support an approach and platform that will address needs and opportunities and significantly facilitate and promote this process”. 

Julia Oliva, Head of Policy, UNEP-WCMC

Over the coming months, UNEP-WCMC and partners will engage with countries to understand their approaches, needs and opportunities for national biodiversity monitoring.

We will also be working with data providers and other organisations delivering tools and knowledge products to identify opportunities to enhance complementarity and interoperability. An initial proposal for the new global knowledge centre will then be presented to governments at the UN Biodiversity Conference this month. 

Find out more about the development of our biodiversity support services project in our scoping document here

To find out more and contribute to the ongoing consultation, please email:

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