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The Symposium

Implementing the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (Global Framework) adopted in December 2022 at the COP 15 will require the involvement of all economic sectors, particularly agriculture and food.  

In short, coordination and synergies between sectors, between agriculture and the environment, and between the various global instruments and tools forming part of the global political landscape are required for the sustainable management of biodiversity.
The International Symposium “Agriculture, Biodiversity and Food Security: From Commitments to Actions” will be an important milestone in the implementation of the Global Framework. 

Its specific objectives are to:

  • Share and disseminate experiences in the protection and sustainable management of biodiversity in agriculture. 
  • Identify the constraints and opportunities for further integrating biodiversity into agrifood systems, considering the challenges of climate change and land degradation. 
  • Contribute to the implementation of the Global Framework for Biodiversity.

The discussions will lead to technical recommendations, based on discussions between participants, to help stakeholders in agrifood systems to implement the Global Framework through agriculture. This document will enable participants to share concrete recommendations with their respective organisations and will equip them to implement promising actions and measures.  

Scheduled over two and a half days in hybrid mode (in person and virtual), the event will include plenary and working group sessions addressing the main targets of the Global Framework relevant to agriculture (see preliminary program), and also making links with other processes of importance to the sector.  In addition, online participation modalities may be envisaged for some sessions, as well as pre-event consultations to facilitate the engagement of different categories of stakeholders and ensure broad geographical coverage. Field activities will also be considered alongside the symposium.

Key targets of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework that will be addressed at this symposium:

C4: Threatened species recover, genetic diversity is maintained, and human-wildlife conflicts are managed.

Take urgent management action to halt the human-caused extinction of known threatened species and to ensure their recovery and conservation, in particular threatened species, to significantly reduce their risk of extinction and to safeguard and restore genetic diversity within populations of native species, wild and domesticated species and between them, to preserve their adaptive potential, in particular through in situ and ex-situ conservation measures and sustainable management methods, and effectively manage human-wildlife interactions to limit the conflicts associated with their coexistence. 

C7: Reduced pollution, halving nutrient loss, and pesticide risk

Reduce pollution risks and negative impacts from pollution from all sources by 2030 to levels safe for biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, taking into account cumulative effects, including (a) reducing by at least half the excess nutrients lost to the environment, including through more efficient nutrient cycling and use; (b) reducing by at least half the overall risks from pesticides and particularly hazardous chemicals, including through science-based integrated pest control measures, taking into account food security and livelihood issues; (c) preventing, reducing and working to eliminate plastic pollution.

C8: Minimise the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, including through nature-based solutions and/or ecosystem-based approaches. 

Mitigate the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on biodiversity and enhance biodiversity resilience through mitigation, adaptation, and natural disaster risk reduction measures, including through nature-based solutions and/or ecosystem approaches, minimising any negative impacts and promoting positive impacts of climate action on biodiversity.

C10: Agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, and forestry areas are managed sustainably.

Ensure sustainable management of agricultural, aquaculture, fisheries, and forestry areas, in particular through the sustainable use of biodiversity, notably by significantly increasing the use of biodiversity-friendly practices such as sustainable intensification, agroecology, and other innovative approaches, thereby contributing to improving the resilience, efficiency, and long-term productivity of these production systems, as well as enhancing food security, conserving and restoring biodiversity and preserving nature's contributions to people, including ecosystem functions and services. 

C11: Nature's contributions to people are restored, maintained, and enhanced

Restore, maintain, and enhance nature's contributions to people, including ecosystem functions and services, such as air, water, and climate regulation, soil health, pollination and disease risk reduction, and protection against natural hazards and disasters, through nature-based solutions and/or ecosystem approaches for the benefit of all people and nature.

C14: Integrate biodiversity into national and international policies and instruments

Ensure that biodiversity and its multiple values are fully taken into account in the development of policies, regulations, planning and development processes, poverty eradication strategies, strategic environmental assessments, environmental impact assessments, and, where appropriate, in national accounting, at all levels of government and in all sectors, in particular those with significant impacts on biodiversity, and progressively align all relevant public and private activities, as well as fiscal and financial flows, with the objectives and targets of this Framework.

C16: Sustainable consumption choices are possible and food waste is halved

Encourage and empower people to make sustainable consumption choices, including by creating enabling policy, legislative or regulatory frameworks, improving education and access to relevant and accurate information and alternatives, and by 2030, reduce the global consumption footprint equitably, including halving global food waste, significantly limiting over-consumption and substantially reducing waste production, to enable all people to live comfortably in harmony with Mother Earth.

C18: Reduce harmful incentives by at least $500 billion per year

Identify, by 2025, incentives, including subsidies, that are harmful to biodiversity and eliminate, phase out, or modify them in a proportionate, fair, effective, and equitable manner, while substantially and progressively reducing them by at least $500 billion per year by 2030, starting with the most harmful incentives, and strengthen positive incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.