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UNEP-WCMC has been supporting the work of the High-Level Panel (HLP) on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which is co-sponsored by the Governments of the United Kingdom and India.
About the High-Level Panel
The HLP was established to contribute to discussions under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the global resources required to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. It also addressed the benefits of biodiversity for humans and ecosystems, assessed current funding levels and provided recommendations for funding the Strategic Plan in the future.
The Panel comprised eight experts with a range of scientific, technical and socio-economic expertise and was chaired by Pavan Sukhdev following his work on TEEB as the Study Leader. The Panel was welcomed by the fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Review and Implementation of the Convention (WGRI 4) and invited to report to the eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD to contribute to the ongoing discussions on biodiversity financing and resource mobilization.
Launch of the report of the High-Level Panel
The Panel’s report, ‘Resourcing the Aichi Biodiversity Targets: A first assessment of the resources required for implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020’ was officially launched at the High-Level Segment of the CBD on Tuesday 16 October 2012. It was available in full as an Information Document (UNEP/CBD/COP/11/INF/20) for COP 11, and an executive summary was also made available as a working document (UNEP/CBD/COP/11/14/ADD2 and UNEP/CBD/COP/11/14/ADD2/CORR1).
The Panel’s report provides a first assessment of the costs of meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020, drawn from underpinning research conducted by experts working on specific Targets or thematic ‘cluster’ groups of Targets. The assessment is a presentation of the range of actions and activities that would make a significant difference in delivery of the Targets, and the range of estimates for their associated resource needs. The variety of actions and activities chosen for the assessment of resource needs required vary significantly across each Target or cluster of Targets, and this variance is thus reflected in the estimates.
The full reports from each Target or cluster group of Targets are available on the CBD website at: http://www.cbd.int/financial/hlp-gar/
The role of UNEP-WCMC in this work
Working in collaboration with ICF-GHK, UNEP-WCMC coordinated preparation of the panel's reports, including providing guidance to the target or cluster groups to help ensure consistency.
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