CBD Events

3-6 September 2019: Expert Thematic Workshop on Landscape Approaches for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework


A workshop was held 3-6 September 2019 in Kumamoto, Japan, with the intention of contributing to the development of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and producing recommendations for the inclusion of a landscape perspective in future biodiversity policy. The workshop was organized by the IPSI Secretariat at UNU-IAS in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, and the Kumamoto Prefectural Government. It was held in conjunction with the Eighth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-8; see below).

The background of the workshop was that the end of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, along with the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 with its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, is fast approaching, and policymakers have begun the process of planning for a new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 14) produced a Decision adopting a process that would include a series of regional and thematic consultations and similar events, plus an open-ended working group, to develop the framework. This Expert Thematic Workshop was one of these events, and was envisioned as a part of this ongoing process, with its outputs to feed into subsequent events and eventually the framework itself.

Participants included all of the attendees of the Eighth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-8), plus a number of invited experts from CBD Party governments and invited experts identified for their particular expertise. Participants engaged in a series of wide-ranging discussions on a number of themes related to landscape approaches, and generated many recommendations for ways for landscape approaches to contribute to biodiversity policy beyond 2020.

A report of the workshop is now being developed, and comments and feedback are actively pursued by the organizers from all participants and others who may have any suggestions to make it more effective.