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Biodiversity Law and Governance Day 2018:

Contributions of International Law & Governance to Mainstreaming Biodiversity

Registration is now open for the bennial Biodiversity Law and Governance Day 2018, a symposium during CBD COP14, convened under the COP14 Presidency.

Friday 23 November, 2018, 08:30 - 18:00; Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center (SHICC),
Building 2, El Wadi (Contact Group 6)

Biodiversity Law and Governance Day (BLGD) brings together biodiversity law experts, experts from other legal branches including public law, tort law, financial law, international economic law as well as governance experts, COP delegates and policy practitioners to exchange knowledge and experiences. This year, it is held alongside the CBD COP14 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Current core partners supporting the initiative through financial and in-kind contributions include the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge (LCIL), the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), SwedBio and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The initiative also continues to be supported by a diverse network of IGO, university, and NGO partners, as well as law firms and associations. See the BLGI website for more information.



  • Mainstreaming biodiversity in the sectors of energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing, and health
    • How can law and governance mechanisms assist in mainstreaming of biodiversity in these sectors?
    • What is the role of environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment?
  • The conclusion of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and Aichi Biodiversity Targets
    • COP 15 in 2020 is expected to consider for adoption the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in the context of the 2050 Vision of the current Strategic Plan, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other relevant international processes.
    • What can be learned from law and governance approaches that have been adopted to implement the current Strategic Plan?
    • What should the role of law and governance be in the post-2020 framework?
  • The effectiveness of the Nagoya Protocol
    • The Nagoya Protocol has been in force for nearly four years, and the Parties will undertake the first assessment and review of its effectiveness at COP-MOP 3.
    • What lessons can be learned from national and regional implementation efforts?
    • What will the impacts be of emerging technologies on the effectiveness of the Protocol?
  • Enhancing synergies between different biodiversity conventions and international organizations
    • Many international treaties and processes are relevant to biodiversity and ecosystems.
    • How can Parties to the CBD and international organizations improve cooperation so as to enhance synergies and address intersections between organizations and regimes and biodiversity?
    • What law and governance mechanisms can be used to improve coordination and cohesion?

Biodiversity Law & Governance Day 2018

14th Conference of the Parties to the CBD

Friday, 23 November 2018 / Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Biodiversity Law & Governance Day 2018 Key Themes:

  1. Mainstreaming biodiversity in energy and mining, infrastructure, manufacturing and processing, and health;
  2. Implementing the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and Aichi Biodiversity Targets;
  3. Strengthening the effectiveness of the Nagoya Protocol; and
  4. Enhancing synergies between biodiversity treaties and international organizations

Biodiversity Law & Governance Day 2018 Programme Outline*

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:30 Plenary: Welcome & Opening (El Wadi/CG6)

9:30 – 10:30 Plenary: Legal Aspects of Implementing Biodiversity Accords for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (El Wadi/CG6)

10:30 - 10:45 Health & Networking Break

10:45 – 11:45 Concurrent Workshops/Roundtable Sessions 1 (El Wadi/CG6 & Dahab/CG3)

Session 1A: Traditional Knowledge Legal Innovations for Nagoya Protocol Implementation (El Wadi/CG6)
Hosted by: Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

Session 1B: Public Participation & Access to Justice in Sustainable Use of Biodiversity – From Aarhus to Escazu (Dahab/CG3)
Hosted By: International Law Association (ILA) Colombia, Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA); Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) of uCambridge; Helmholtz Centre of uMunich & Centro de derecho ambiental (CDA), uChile

11:50 – 12:50 Concurrent Workshops/Roundtable Sessions 2 (El Wadi/CG6 & Dahab/CG3)

Session 2A: Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Mining Sector for Sustainable Development (El Wadi/CG6)
Hosted by: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Session 2B: Biodiversity Conservation for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (Dahab/CG3)

Hosted by: University of São Paulo

12:50 – 13:35 Luncheon (El Wadi/CG6)

13:40 – 14:40 Concurrent Workshops/Roundtable Sessions 3 (El Wadi/CG6 & Dahab/CG3)

Session 3A: Human Right to a Healthy Environment & the SDGs: Weaving SDG16 & Human Rights into the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (El Wadi/CG6)
Hosted by: School of Law, uNairobi; Swedbio, Stockholm Resilience Centre & International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

Session 3B: Advancing Biodiversity Law and Governance: Middle Eastern Experiences (Dahab/CG3)
Hosted By: Association of Environmental Law Lecturers in Middle East Universities (ASSELLMU) & Gulf Research Centre

14:45 – 15:15 Health & Networking Break (El Wadi/CG6)

15:15 – 16:15 Concurrent Workshops/Roundtable Sessions 4 (El Wadi/CG6 & Dahab/CG3)

Session 4A: Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Different Sectors: The Swedish Experience (El Wadi/CG6)
Hosted by: Swedish EPA, Swedbio, National Forestry Board tbc

Session 4B: Advancing SDG 15 & the Aichi Targets through Indigenous Treaties & ABS Agreements (Dahab/CG3)
Hosted by: School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), uWaterloo; International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization; Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Governance (CEENRG), uCambridge; Grotius Centre, uLeiden & Law Faculty, uCostaRica

17:15 – 18:00 Closing Plenary with Thanks & Acknowledgements (El Wadi/CG6)

*Schedule subject to change, last updated 12 November 2018

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