Briefing note – Mountains in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The briefing note – Mountains in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework provides background information to support the upcoming negotiations of the resumed OEWG-3/SBSTTA-24/SBI-3 sessions in Geneva, held from 13 – 29 March 2022 with the goal to foster a high acknowledgement of mountain biodiversity and related indicators in the Monitoring Framework of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.  


The briefing note was produced by UNEP in close collaboration with the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, the Secretariat of the Alpine Convention, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) and GRID-Arendal.


It highlights indicators (with a focus on headline indicators) that are considered key for monitoring and safeguarding mountain biodiversity. The note is based on a previously compiled “set of indicators considered important to safeguard mountain biodiversity” (attached to this email for your convenience), which was produced to inform the virtual SBSTTA-24 meeting in May/June 2021.  


Furthermore, the briefing note emphasizes the importance of cooperation among all relevant conventions, organizations and initiatives to achieve the objectives of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, by showcasing the example of the trilateral Memorandum of Cooperation between the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Alpine Convention and the Carpathian Convention, which is currently being updated in the light of post-2020 global biodiversity framework implementation. 


The year 2022, which has been declared the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development just recently, provides an opportunity to bring mountains, their unique biodiversity and the importance to support mountain communities as the stewards of this biodiversity into focus!


Other papers relevant for elevating mountains and its biodiversity in the context of CBD and its new post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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