Based on the contributions of the support project, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is designing political and implementation processes that serve to preserve terrestrial biodiversity. It places particular emphasis on achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the CBD.
The project is supporting BMZ in incorporating development policy positions on conservation of terrestrial biodiversity into national and international political processes, for example into negotiations relating to the 2030 Agenda or the CBD. It is advising BMZ with regard to managing and refining development cooperation in the area of biodiversity conservation and also with regard to implementing initiatives, thus setting thematic priorities. For this purpose, the project draws on the experience gained with previous measures. In terms of concept, it works in close collaboration with the ‘Marine Conservation‘ support project and maintains a close dialogue with other development cooperation measures and actors. Development policy practice is recorded and reviewed in order to generate practical knowledge and ensure that proposed concepts and initiatives are effective.
With the aid of the professional advisory services provided by the project, BMZ is helping to shape international and national development-oriented political processes, managing and refining its biodiversity-related portfolio. For example, as part of these advisory services, it is developing and promulgating strategies, concepts and instruments. These are being incorporated into the implementation of international agreements or used – in accordance with the priorities and policy steering decisions of BMZ – in development cooperation projects at the level of the partner countries.
APPROACH/FIELD OF INTERVENTION
Advisory support to ministry
Advisory work on questions of international biodiversity
Accompanying international processes (CBD process, Agenda2030, G7, G20 etc.)
Support of BMZ portfolio steering
Triangular cooperation with China, Namibia, Zambia on IUCN Green List
Initiative to reduce the demand for Ivory in China
Workshop on the consideration of human rights in biodiversity conservation.
From February 18-20 2020, the global thematic workshop on “Human Rights as a Prerequisite for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework” was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The workshop was supported by BMZ and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to enable civil society actors, especially indigenous peoples and local communities, to prepare positions and recommendations for the new CBD framework during the preparatory meetings for COP15. The workshop was hosted by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) as part of a group of co-organizers that included GIZ. Among the 42 participants were biodiversity and human rights experts, CBD Parties, intergovernmental organizations, civil society actors, representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities, scientists, youth, and UN agencies. A workshop report was jointly developed which ultimately fed into the CBD negotiations. Moreover, the vigorous network established among the participants continues to function as a platform for information exchange, preparing coordinated statements for the preparatory meetings within the CBD or developing joint events on human rights topics.
Online training on ‘Nature-based solutions for global challenges’ – opportunities in Asia and Pacific
In February 2021, an online training on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in Asia Pacific took place. 24 participants from GIZ and partners in 7 countries learned and exchanged about mainstreaming, financing, monitoring and governance of NbS. Key opportunities for investment and scaling of NbS were identified, including the increasing awareness about the links of biodiversity loss and related risks. The online training not only provided an overview of the NbS concept and showcased good practice examples, it also facilitated networking among GIZ staff and partners in the region. The initiative was realized by the Biodiversity working group of SNRD AP with the support of the SNRD AP Innovation and Learning Fund 2020 as well as a co-financing by the BMZ through the Sector Programme Conservation of Biodiversity on Land.