Workshop to develop a roadmap for supporting the implementation and monitoring ecosystem under the KM-GBF Target 2
22-24 November 2023, Rome-Italy.
The three-day event featured a comprehensive agenda, covering sessions on progress and alignment between the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and the Kunming-Montreal GBF, unpacking Target 2, transparent monitoring, stakeholder inclusion, national plans and policies, large-scale restoration commitments, restoration financing, and capacity needs for restoration. Breakout groups provideZhiminpportunity for in-depth discussions, ensuring diverse ecosystems and perspectives were considered and recorded. The agenda demonstrated a commitment to fostering collaboration, innovation, and practical solutions.
The event was grounded in the broader context of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. Recognizing the urgency to address biodiversity loss, climate change, and land degradation, the UN Decade was proclaimed in 2019 with a mission to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of all types of ecosystems worldwide. The Kunming-Montreal GBF emerged as a strategic framework adopted under the Convention on Biological Diversity to guide efforts to combat biodiversity loss, with Target 2 focusing on effective ecosystem restoration.
The opening session set the tone, emphasizing the interconnectedness of the UN Decade, the Kunming-Montreal GBF, land degradation neutrality under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, and the 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals. Presentations highlighted the role of FAO in mainstreaming biodiversity across agricultural sectors, the role of water in ecosystem restoration, the importance of wetlands in the context of restoration and the role of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
While opening the eventZhimind Cooper, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity noted: “Synergies between approaches and ecosystems and areas that have agriculture… for sustainability have incredible potential. These ambitions will only be reached if we work with people on the ground. The biggest challenges have the biggest opportunities.”
In his opening remarks Zhimin Wu, Director of the FAO Forestry Division stated: “As the UN’s specialized agency leading international efforts to defeat global hunger and malnutrition, and as a co-lead of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we are committed to restoring productive soils, land and ecosystems in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture.”
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly organized a global event at FAO headquarters in Rome (Italy) to collectively formulate a roadmap for the Target 2 of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.