The COVID-19 global pandemic delayed the work schedule of the CBD, impacting the timing of the delivery of the GBF. In-person meetings have now resumed.
The schedule for CBD meetings is available at: Calendar of SCBD Meetings (link is external).
Global Biodiversity Framework
Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are currently developing a new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to replace the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets. The new Framework is slated to be adopted at the second part of the fifteenth Conference of Parties (COP-15) to be held from 7-19 December 2022 in Montreal, Canada.
The draft framework is made up of 4 global 2050 goals and 22 global 2030 targets, which are broken up into four broad topics in alignment with the goals. This includes, biodiversity conservation and restoration, nature’s contribution to people, access and benefit sharing and tools and solutions for mainstreaming and implementation. Draft Target 3, often referred to as the ‘30 by 30 target’, often considered the flagship target, seeks to protect and conserve 30 per cent of land and 30 per cent of the ocean globally by 2030. Once adopted, the framework will set the global biodiversity action agenda for the next decade.
Australia is one of 17 countries in the world described as ‘mega diverse’. This group of countries cover less than 10 per cent of the world’s area but support more than 70 per cent of biodiversity. The CBD guides international action on biodiversity conservation, and provides a guiding framework to inform our domestic biodiversity conservation priorities.
Australia is actively engaged in negotiating the GBF and is committed to ensuring that the framework is ambitious, focused and drives strong global action on biodiversity conservation, halting and reversing biodiversity loss.
Domestically, Australia is demonstrating our commitment to strong action on biodiversity conservation, for example;
- Commitment to protect and conserve 30 per cent of land and 30 per cent of oceans by 2030 (30 by 30)
- Australia is a world leader in protected areas, including through our Indigenous Protected Areas program
- Australia has one of the world’s largest representative systems of marine protected areas, covering 45 per cent of Australian waters
- Commitment to zero new extinctions, including through our $224 million Saving Native Species program
- Commitment to real and significant climate action, including through our support for private investment in natural capital and nature-based solutions for climate adaptation.
High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People
In June 2021, Australia joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC). The HAC’s main purpose is to champion the ‘30 by 30’ target as part of the GBF, that is the protection and conservation of 30 per cent of the world’s land and 30 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2030.
The Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, is a member of the HAC International Steering Committee that will drive the implementation of the 30 by 30 target globally.
Australia is well placed to champion the work of the HAC as a strong supporter of the protection and conservation of land and sea areas, including through our network of marine protected areas, our National Reserve System and our world-leading Indigenous Protected Areas Program. Membership of the HAC provides the opportunity for Australia to promote the 30 by 30 target and help shape activities consistent with the priorities of the Pacific region.
In 2019, the Department ran a series of workshops to engage a cross-section of Australian stakeholders to better understand their perspectives on what the new framework should contain.
Three full-day consultation workshops were held in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney across September and October 2019. The focus of these meetings was to provide an open and inclusive space for public discussions and ideas on what should be in the GBF.
Over 140 people from over 60 organisations attended and contributed: including non-government organisations, businesses, Indigenous individuals, state and local governments, extractive industries, and science and research institutions.
- Convention on Biological Diversity Post-2020
- CBD meeting schedule
- Biodiversity-related Conventions
- Rio Conventions
- Aichi Targets
- UN Convention on Biological Diversity
- High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People