Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments 2014

Event date: 15 October 2014 - 16 October 2014

Biodiversity Summit for CitiesVenue: Alpensia Convention Center 2F, PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea
City: Gangwon Province
Country: Republic of Korea
Register: Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Subnational Governments 2014 

Description: In support of the 194 signatory Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in fulfilling their commitment with the Convention and, in particular, the implementation of the Aichi Targets, the Biodiversity Summit for City and Subnational Governments 2014 will be convened in parallel with the twelfth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12) in Gangwon Province, South Korea, 15-16 October 2014.

The Cities for Life Summit is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Secretariat of the CBD in partnership with the Government of South Korea, the Provincial Government of Gangwon and the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD). The Biodiversity Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity to bring local, subnational national governments together to share ideas, engage with experts, and strengthen multi-level cooperation to implement the CBD and Aichi Targets, with a view to enhancing management of biodiversity and safeguarding the ecosystem services upon which we so heavily depend.

Sessions will focus on

  • – The role of local and subnational governments in the SDGs, and how biodiversity will feature under this new agenda;
  • – Urban biodiversity and ecosystem service research, and bridging the science-policy gap, including a focus on the Urban Biodiversity and Design Network (URBIO) and their global research agenda;
  • – Planning and designing green cities, aligning with national planning processes, and contributing to the Strategic Plan of the CBD;
  • – Engaging people in implementing the CBD through awareness-raising, ecotourism and livelihood discussions;
  • – Transforming the economy, and integrating sustainable natural resource use, as well as exploring green financial mechanisms, with a thought to disaster risk reduction;
  • – Mayoral discussion on the urban nexus, and how to integrate biodiversity within decision-making structures; and
  • – Refining and adopting the Gangwon Declaration through participative discussion and engagement.

The draft program is available here, please note that it is constantly being updated and refined.