Biodiversity

Biodiversity and ecosystems means much more than saving whales and pretty landscapes: it is instrumental in reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development. By contrast, the loss of biodiversity – habitats, crops, animal breeds – threatens to negate decades of development gains, and those most harshly affected will be the world's most vulnerable people. Overcoming environmental degradation is an act of justice. Strong laws backing empowered people can make the difference

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Development signals a milestone in awareness of the interconnected nature of environmental and development goals. Success will require bringing people across society for transformative shifts towards more sustainable choices. IDLO has been working since 2011 to advance discussions on the role of the rule of law for environmental sustainability – raising awareness about innovative new legal norms for sustainability and working hand-in-hand with national lawyers around the world to share legal breakthroughs.

Advancing the Nagoya Protocol

A new, innovative legal norm has emerged with the 2014 entry in force of the Nagoya Protocol – an international text promoting “fair and equitable benefit sharing.” The Protocol recognizes that genetic resources are the raw ingredients for innovation in medicines, biotechnology, cosmetics, food and beverages. Yet benefits rarely trickle down to the communities that nurture these resources.

IDLO Toasts Green Bid Win

Excitement shone out of the stream of emails flowing through Rome headquarters late on Thursday. IDLO, it turned out, had just been picked by the UN to lead a new project: ensuring that signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity can meet their commitments. 

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Key Initiatives

  • Dealing with ecosystem degradation has long been seen as the purview of environmentalists alone. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), biodiversity has been recognized as essential to human resilience and economic opportunity, and its preservation requires action from all sectors of society.

  • A new, innovative legal norm has emerged with the 2014 entry in force of the Nagoya Protocol – an international text promoting “fair and equitable benefit sharing.” The Protocol recognizes that genetic resources are the raw ingredients for innovation in medicines, biotechnology, cosmetics, food and beverages. Yet benefits rarely trickle down to the communities that nurture these resources.

  • The Legal Preparedness for Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets Initiative was launched in 2012 by IDLO and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative provides a central hub for stakeholders and experts to share knowledge and build capacity, contributing to a global effort to raise understanding of “biodiversity laws” and their role in supporting countries to achieve their biodiversity goals related to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

  • The Initiative is supported by a multiple donors and partners working collaboratively to achieve its objectives.

    CBD SecretariatThe Secretariat is the global focal point for Convention for Biological Diversity, responsible for facilitating and supporting implementation of the Convention by Parties and stakeholders. The Initiative is implemented in partnership with the CBD Secretariat who provides support and advice on program strategy and activities.

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