GEF Early Action Support Webinar Series – Webinar #5: National Target Alignment: Tools and Technical Support

In this fifth webinar of the GEF Global Biodiversity Framework Early Action Support Project, participants were oriented to pathways to align national biodiversity targets with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and related COP15 decisions.

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 Languages: English, French, Spanish
Dates: 18-19 September 2023 (English). Click on your preferred language above to view the schedule in other languages.
Sessions: 2 sessions (English)
Commitment: 90 min


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National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) are the main vehicle for countries to implement the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and include national biodiversity targets to contribute to the achievement of the global goals and targets. The Convention on Biological Diversity 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) Decision 15/6 requests Parties to revise and update their NBSAPs–including their national biodiversity targets–in alignment with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework by the next COP. Countries not in a position to submit their revised NBSAPs by this time period are called upon to submit their national targets reflecting, as applicable, the goals and targets of the Framework. A preliminary step towards responding to this decision is to assess and improve alignment between national biodiversity targets and the Framework.

The pathway to enhancing alignment between national and global goals and targets involves assessing gaps in similarity, determining which elements of the Framework’s goals and targets can be better represented in the national biodiversity targets, and revising or updating national biodiversity targets and mechanisms to implement them. By systematically assessing and improving national biodiversity targets, countries can ensure that their national strategies effectively contribute to the Global Biodiversity Framework. 

During this webinar, participants learned about pathways to align national biodiversity targets with the new Framework and related COP15 decisions. This includes guidance and technical support to: 1) conduct a preliminary screening of national biodiversity targets and identification of appropriate stakeholder groups based on results, 2) review national biodiversity targets and non-State actor commitments with stakeholder engagement groups and assess alignment, and 3) revise/update national targets and determine indicators, implementing groups, and non-State actor commitments.  The webinar also introduced tools and guidance including UNEP’s Data Reporting Tool for MEAs (DaRT),  SCBD’s Quick Guides on 2030 Targets, and UNDP’s Rapid Target Similarly Assessment Tool. Countries also had a chance to share the steps they are taking, or considering to take, to facilitate these outcomes.

Webinar objectives

This webinar:

  • Oriented participants to the key elements of Decision 15/6 and guide them to consider how to integrate these considerations during the national biodiversity target alignment process.
  • Explored a step-wise process to national biodiversity target revision:  1) conducting a preliminary screening of national biodiversity targets and identifying appropriate stakeholder groups based on results, 2) reviewing national biodiversity targets with stakeholder engagement groups and assess alignment, and 3) revising or updating national targets and determining indicators, implementing groups, and non-State actor commitments.
  • Shared relevant tools, guidance, and resources that Parties can use to support their national biodiversity target alignment processes, including Data Reporting Tool for MEAs (DaRT), CBD’s Quick Guides on 2030 Targets, and UNDP’s Rapid Target Similarly Assessment Tool.
  • Provided a space for Parties to share processes that they are exploring or have started to undertake for national biodiversity target alignment.

Sessions

The webinar was offered in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Webinar recordings are available in the Course Content section on this page.

Webinar agenda

Length of the presentation  Presentation Presenter
10 min Welcome and Logistics
  • English: Casandra Llosa (UNDP)
  • Spanish: Casandra Llosa (UNDP)
  • French: Marion Marigo (UNDP)
15 min GBF-EAS Guidance: Aligning national biodiversity targets with the GBF and related decisions
  • English: Patrick Chesney (UNEP)
    Lea Phillips (UNDP)
  • Spanish: Georgina de Moya (UNDP)
  • French: Alexis Legigand (UNDP)
15 min CBD Quick Guides on 2030 Targets and other support from CBD
  • English: Kieran Noon (CBD)
    Jillian Campbell (CBD)
  • Spanish: Marianela Araya (CBD)
  • French: Kieran Noon (CBD)
15 min Data Reporting Tool for MEAs (DaRT) and other support from UNEP
  • English: Eric Wiedmer (UNEP)
  • Spanish: Eric Wiedmer (UNEP)
  • French: Eric Wiedmer (UNEP)
15 min Target similarity assessment tool
  • English: Lea Phillips /Christina Supples (UNDP)
  • Spanish: Julien Pigot  (UNDP)
  • French: Julien Pigot  (UNDP)
15 min Q&A session
  • All participants
5 min Closing
  • English: Casandra Llosa (UNDP)
  • Spanish: Casandra Llosa (UNDP)
  • French: Marion Marigo (UNDP)

Questions?

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Casandra Llosa at alexis.legigand@undp.org.

Not Enrolled
Stand-alone webinar

Course Includes

  • 2 Modules
  • 7 Activities

Meet the presenters for webinar session #5

Patrick Chesney. EAS technical support, UNEP

Patrick Chesney, with over 25 years’ experience in agricultural research, biodiversity conservation, and sustainability, collaborates globally with governments, UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and civil society. He’s instrumental in the ACP MEAs Programme, supporting Caribbean biodiversity negotiators, crafting negotiation manuals, and guiding the Caribbean Biodiversity Strategy. His expertise spans tropical agroforestry, biodiversity, REDD+, indigenous rights, climate adaptation, and multilateral agreements. Holding a PhD in Tropical Agroforestry, he’s undergone UN courses and other trainings, earning honors like a Tällberg Foundation Global Leadership Prize nomination (2016) and the Guyana Ministry of Agriculture Prize (1996). He’s an active member of the International Society for Horticultural Science and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences.


Kieran Mooney, Programme assistant, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Kieran Mooney is a programme assistant at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity where he supports the work on monitoring, review and reporting. He is also supporting the process for further developing and operationalizing the monitoring framework and the global review of collective progress in the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.


Lea Phillips, Senior Biodiversity Policy Coordinator, CBD, GEF, EAS

Lea Phillips is a Senior Biodiversity Policy Coordinator who provides key technical support to Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity through the Global Biodiversity Framework – Early Action Support Project. Since 2020, she has worked closely with UNDP Country Offices across the globe to hold high-impact stakeholder consultations on spatial data and national biodiversity planning. In 2022, her role grew to also encompass the development and delivery of high-impact guidance and tools to support national-level achievement of the Framework, including the rapid target similarity assessment tool. She holds a Master’s in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University. Before graduate school, Lea worked as a Youth Development Program Coordinator in Peace Corps Morocco.


Julien Pigot, Data Scientist, Global Biodiversity Framework – Early Action Support Project

Julien Pigot is a Data Scientist providing technical support to the Global Biodiversity Framework – Early Action Support Project on data-related topics ranging from data cleaning and reports automation to natural language processing. An Economist from Brazil who has worked in the private, public and third sectors in addition to politics – most often in the capacity of a data analyst – he holds a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.


Eric Wiedmer, DaRT expert, Environmental Treaties Programme – MEAs Cooperation & Synergies, Environmental Governance and Conventions Branch, Law Division, UNEP

Eric has worked in the development and the rolling out of the Data Reporting Tool for MEAs DaRT within UNEP’s Law Division for the last 4 years. Prior to working with the Law Division, he collaborated with UNEP-WCMC on the DaRT and since 2003 supported Switzerland’s Federal Office for the environment in establishing national reports to the CBD and its Protocols, CMS-family, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, FAO’s State of the world’s biodiversity for food and agriculture and the Bern Convention.


Christina Supples, Senior Advisor on Biodiversity Policy, Projects, and Science, UNDP

Christina Supples is a leader in building governments’ capacity to use science and data to achieve their global policy commitments for nature, climate, and sustainable development. She is an expert at convening stakeholders to improve policy outcomes for multilateral environmental agreements, including governments, UN agencies, Non-governmental Organizations, and scientists. Since 2014, she has provided leadership, technical guidance, and management of a large UNDP global project portfolio of biodiversity enabling activities. Her policy expertise focuses on implementation of the CBD, including the development and implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans. She previously worked for The Nature Conservancy, and holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University.


Meet the hosts for webinar session #5


Casandra Llosa, Stakeholder Engagement Analyst, United Nations Development Programme

Casandra Llosa coordinates the Capacity Building Program on the EAS Project delivering training series for 138 GEF-eligible countries. Since 2021, Casandra has worked as UNDP Stakeholder Engagement Analyst , supporting the implementation of spatial-related projects, such as Mapping Nature for People and Planet and NASA Life on Land Project. She strategically positions UNDP projects within national governments and UNDP COs, and advises on policy analyses and dynamics within selected countries. She holds a master’s degree in management of development from the University of Turin and a bachelor degree in sociology.


Marion Marigo, Capacity Building & Biodiversity Senior Officer, United Nations Development Programme

Marion Marigo has been working with UNDP for over six years. She currently coordinates the GEF-funded EAS project, ensuring that governments align their national biodiversity targets on the GBF. She is also responsible for designing and implementing spatial planning activities through the effective engagement of national stakeholders, and is coordinating the project “Mapping Nature for People and Planet” in 13 countries. Previously, Marion supported 64 GEF-eligible countries to produce their Sixth National Reports to the CBD. She also supports the development of the UN Biodiversity Lab. Marion received her Master’s from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, France.