On 26 March 2020, UNU-IAS, the Japan committee for International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN-J), the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) and the Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC) co-organised an online reporting session on the results of second meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (OEWG2). This meeting was held in Rome from 24-29 February 2020. The session was aimed at sharing the outcome reported by the attendees of the OEWG2 and discussing targets and future directions in relation to biodiversity, both domestically and internationally. The session was attended by more than 70 participants.
During the opening remarks, Tsunao Watanabe, UNU-IAS Senior Programme Coordinator, welcomed participants and outlined the objective of this online session, which was to facilitate and exchange of insights amongst participants, with reference to the discussions made at the OEWG2. He explained that the starting points for setting up goals for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Global Framework became visible through the discussion at the working group.
Teppei Douke, Secretariat General of Japan Committee for IUCN/Nature Conservation Society of Japan, summarised contents of the zero draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the negotiation process to draft it. He underlined that for active discussion to develop the framework, the discussion process itself and involvement of diverse stakeholders, such as NGOs, local communities and UN institutes, as observers, to the discussion itself were indispensable. As a result of the meeting, the document that summarises participants’ comments on the zero draft was prepared, which is expected to be a useful reference for futuremeetings.
Keiichi Nakazawa, Chief of Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan reported on information by Japanese government at the workshop. The information included promoting landscape approaches that were developed from activities of the Satoyama Initiative, climate change adaptation, disaster management, with consideration to biodiversity in relation to economic activities and how to manage invasive alien species. He also mentioned there were active discussions related to the Satoyama Initiative and possible contribution in planning for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework.
Yasukuni Shibata, UNU-IAS Programme Coordinator for the International Satoyama Initiative (ISI), outlined the inputs made by UNU-IAS to the plenary session and contact groups at the OEWG2. He pointed out that, as the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) had been enhanced, their landscape approaches have been drawing attention in European countries, and more institutions expressed their support for the approach. He stressed that UNU-IAS would continuously contribute in establishing the new framework for promoting biodiversity, working closely with other concerned parties.
Other speakers included Kotoko Yadomaru (Change Our Next Decade (COND)/Director, IUCN-Youth Programme), Yoji Natori (Conservation International Japan/Associate Professor, Akita International University) and Yasuaki Miyamoto (Working Groups for Biodiversity, the Four Electrical and Electronic Industry Associations).
The presentations were followed by a Q&A session, where various topics were discussed, such as future plans for Satoyama Initiative, possible impacts caused by Post-2020 targets on pollution control measures by business sectors, engaging more people in action for promoting biodiversity in order to provide understandable and accurate information.