The Fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity with five sessions was held online from April 13 to 23 as the first parallel session of the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15).

The joint fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS 8) aimed to provide a space where scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders could discuss and make recommendations on how science, technology and innovation could contribute to the effective implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in order to bend the curve of biodiversity loss, obtain positive biodiversity outcomes and foster transformative change towards achieving the 2050 Vision.

In particular, participants discussed options and solutions for facilitating the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, including potential nature-based solutions for tackling both biodiversity loss and climate change challenges based on solid scientific knowledge and evidence. They also identified key knowledge gaps and priorities for science-policy research, needs for capacity building and opportunities for increased technical and scientific cooperation.

Participants shared their experiences, knowledge, ideas and diverse perspectives on the various subjects. They also showcased innovative solutions and tools that could facilitate the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was one of the major contributors to the forum. The United Nations Environment Programme-International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP), a collaborating center of CAS and UNEP, jointly organized the forum with other partners and led Session 3 on April 19.


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