Nature COP15 & Climate COP26

The year 2020 should have been a super year for the environment. We should have had two major global environment conferences – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP26) and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Conference (UN CBD COP15). Both should have been happening at the end of 2020 but did not because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

COP26 concluded in Glasgow a day late (13 November 2021), and COP15 has been split between 11-15 October 2021 (part 1, online only) and 25 April – 8 May 2022 (part 2, hybrid meeting, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China). These events aim to agree action to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement, and to agree a new post-2020 global biodiversity framework, respectively.

CIEEM is engaging with the COP events. We have published our own position paper on the COP events, outlining what we would like to see from the two conferences, along with a position statement on habitat creation and restoration for tackling the climate emergency.

COP26 made some progress, but not enough. And it was disappointing that nature was watered down in the final version of the Glasgow Climate Pact. See our blog on COP26 for more.

The first draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is now available. Readers may be interested in the responses to this first draft from Conservation International and WWF. Action following these events is critical. The planet continues to get hotter and more extreme (wetter and wilder weather in some places, drier in others), and we continue to lose wildlife at an unprecedented pace.

In May 2021 we jointly hosted a panel webinar with the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Royal Society for Biology (RSB) on Nature-based Solutions: the Conventions on Climate & Biodiversity. The webinar is freely available in the CIEEM Resource Hub.

Following COP26, we contributed to panel discussions organised by the Environmental Policy Forum (watch them here):

  • Mon, 15 Nov 2021 – Reflecting on COP26: A Cross-Sector Discussion
  • Thu, 18 Nov 2021 – Reaching Net Zero via Science-Based Targets
  • Tue, 23 Nov 2021 – Achieving Your Climate Ambitions: How Your Professional Body Can Help

We organised two Nature COP15 webinars, which are now available to watch:

  • Wed, 24 Nov 2021 – Biodiversity COP15: Nature Conservation and Restoration – Watch
  • Thu, 2 Dec 2021 – Biodiversity COP15: Resourcing Nature Restoration – Watch

On a longer term scale we continue to work on the climate and ecological crises through the work of our Action 2030 project.

Readers may also be interested in our blog posts for World Environment Day 2020 and 2021.