Cancun Biodiversity Law and Governance Day
Cancun Biodiversity Law and Governance Day

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Cancun Biodiversity Law and Governance Day

The role of law in mainstreaming biodiversity and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Biodiversity Law and Governance Day will bring together governmental representatives, academia, practitioners, experts, and stakeholders from civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities, and the private sector to learn, engage in dialogue and share effective practices and lessons in using law to mainstreaming biodiversity and achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. It will increase awareness of law and governance mechanisms relating to mainstreaming biodiversity, generate new law and governance knowledge and approaches by stimulating exchange between delegates, legal practitioners and legal academics on the contribution of law and governance to mainstreaming of biodiversity for conservation, sustainable use, and fair and equitable benefit-sharing, and, and strengthen capacity, collaboration and a law and governance community of practice to implement the Cancun COP13 outcomes.

A focus will be placed on sharing experiences on mainstreaming biodiversity into the legislation governing primary economic sectors and legislation for mainstreaming measures which cut across all sectors, such as economic valuation tools and environmental assessments that can help assess impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. A special emphasis will be placed on links between the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement to the Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


  • Keynote speakers and contributors from convenor organizations and partners;

  • Briefings on the diverse contributions of organizations working on biodiversity law and governance matters, and their plans for technical cooperation on the mainstreaming of biodiversity into sectoral and cross-sectoral laws;

  • Substantive workshop sessions on key international law trends and governance practices on mainstreaming biodiversity, how different legal instruments can assist in integrating biodiversity into the rules governing different sectors and rules spanning across sectors, and how to build synergies in implementation between the international, regional, national, sub-national and local levels

  • Identifying the future legal research agenda on mainstreaming biodiversity, identifying specific capacity needs, and opportunities for partners to engage in capacity building and technical cooperation.


  • Biodiversity Coherence: Best practices and advances in national biodiversity law and policy frameworks to promote the coherence of policies across sectors;

  • Biodiversity Reliance: Mainstreaming policy, legal and institutional practices in the primary economic sectors that rely on biodiversity, such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, and tourism;

  • Biodiversity Impacts: Mainstreaming policy, legal and institutional practices in other sectors with significant impacts on biodiversity, such as construction, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, utilities, and transportation;

  • Biodiversity Instruments: Rules governing cross-sectoral measures for public participation, access to information and justice, climate adaptation and mitigation co-benefits, disaster risk management, environmental assessment, sustainable biodiversity trade, investment and finance, integrated land use planning, and poverty reduction strategies for sustainable development.


8:30 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome Opening Plenary (CG 1)

9:30 – 10:30 Plenary Keynote (CG1)

10:30 - 10:45 Health & Networking Break

10:45 – 12:15 Biodiversity Law Knowledge Café Session (CG 1)

12:15 – 13:45 Luncheon and Launch of the Inaugural Biodiversity Law and Governance Day (CG 1)

13:45 – 15:15 Concurrent Workshop Session (I)

- Mainstreaming Biodiversity in European Laws

- Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Human Rights Law: Why Ecosystems are a Human Rights Issue (SwedBio/Stockholm Resilience Centre)

15:15 – 15:30 Health & Networking Break (CG 1)

15:30 – 17:00 Concurrent Roundtable Session (II)

- Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Mining Governance (UNDP)

- Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Sub-National Laws (University of Sao Paolo)

17:00 – 18:00 Experts Closing Plenary

18:00 – 18:30 Closing Ceremony

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