Delegation of the European Union to Armenia

Raising Ambition for Nature

12/04/2021 - 20:33

21 April 2021 - Raising Ambition for Nature

2021 will be a pivotal year for nature and climate on the multilateral stage and a critical opportunity for governments to take the necessary decisions to reverse the current dramatically negative trends on the state of the planet.

Healthy and biodiverse ecosystems are essential to mitigating climate change and combatting its impacts; they underpin global health, prosperityand sustainable livelihoods, and will be essential to recovering from the present Covid-19 crisis.

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At this high-level event participants discussed innovative solutions for protecting, restoring and sustainably managing biodiversity that can sustain livelihoods, ensure our health, help us to address the climate crisis and recover better from the pandemic.

Government representatives also shared concrete actions towards fulfilling the #LeadersPledge4Nature:


Since September 2021, implementation of the European Green Deal has accelerated, whether through concrete follow up actions after the adoption of the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies in particular, or via the adoption new EU strategies , for instance on climate adaptation -, chemicals - and organic farming - have been adopted. A new Climate Pact aims at engaging all sectors of society in the EU’s climate action towards climate neutrality by 2050 - #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitments 5, 4, 10

For the new 7-year EU financial framework 2021 - 2027, all financial instruments, internal and external, are required to increase their contribution to mainstreaming climate action in the Union policies and to the achievement of an overall target of 30 % of expenditures supporting climate objectives. In addition, there is, for the first time, a clearly set out ambition of providing 7,5 % (2024) and 10% (2026, 2027) of annual spending to biodiversity objectives. Actions that deliver co-benefits for both are a priority. National plans to benefit from the EU’s recovery package “Next Generation EU” have to support with at least 37% of each plan’s allocation the green transition. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 1, 5, 9

The EU, together with UNEP and UNIDO, launched the new Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE) in February 2021. To date, 12 countries have joined this global network that aims to provide a global impetus for initiatives related to the circular economy transition, resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production, building on efforts being deployed internationally. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 4



Colombia's "Nuevo Compromiso por el Futuro de Colombia" - Approved in February 2021, The roadmap - to be executed between 2021 and 2026 - provides for investments of more than $130 billion and aims to generate two million direct and indirect jobs many in green sectors. The Colombia's plan will prioritize nature-based solutions, reforestation and nature conservation and protection. The plan will accelerate the planting of 180 million trees and incentivize communities to engage in and contribute to silvo-pastoral production and agroforestry measures.,de%20empleos%20directos%20e%20indirectos. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 1, 4, 5, 9

Colombia's commitment with a Commission on Nature and the Economy - In February 2021, during the ‘Dasgupta Review – Transforming the global economy for a nature positive future’ president Iván Duque reaffirmed its commitment with the construction of a Commission on Nature and the Economy as a global response to the challenge of our countries to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 9





Canada is committed to conserve 25 per cent of Canada’s land and 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025, working toward 30 per by 2030. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 2

The Government of Canada invested over $1.3 billion over five years into the Nature Legacy in 2018 to help us to meet our international commitments for biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change.

Canada stimulus for Nature Based Solutions - In November 2020, Canadian government announced a commitment to spend over $3 billion over ten years, starting in 2021-22, to support the implementation of nature-based solutions to climate change, including planting two billion trees and enhancing wetland, peatland, grassland and agricultural carbon sequestration potential. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 5


AOSIS Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda announces plans to create Shekerley Mountain Management Area: In addition to Greencastle Hill, which is already protected by law, new areas including the nation’s highest point Boggy Peak and Christian Valley are among the sites set to form part of a new terrestrial protected area. The zone would offer protection for biodiversity across a great area of land, including the only remaining wet forest ecosystem in the country. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 2



UK commits $3bn of UK climate finance to supporting nature - In January 2021, the UK committed at least £3bn of the existing £11.6bn earmarked for international climate finance to solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over the next five years. The funding will focus on protecting biodiversity-rich land and ocean, shifting to sustainable food production and supply, and supporting the livelihoods of vulnerable communities globally. Example projects include the Blue Planet Fund for marine conservation; projects to maintain forests and tackle the illegal timber trade and deforestation; and initiatives to conserve habitats such as mangroves that protect communities from the impacts of climate change. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 2, 4, 5, 6, 9



French national strategy for protected areas 2030 - In January 2021, France launched its 'National Strategy for Protected Areas 2030', which aims to protect 30% of both land and sea areas in France and its overseas territories by 2022. 10% of the whole is to be under enhanced protection. This Strategy includes actions for educating, hiring and training local populations to ensure effective protection. It also emphasizes France's commitment to strengthening international cooperation on this issue, as France is co-chairing the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People along with Costa Rica. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitments 1, 2

The French National Strategy against Imported Deforestation, published in 2018, aims to transform cocoa, palm oil, soy, natural rubber, beef and timber supply chains to curb imported deforestation by 2030. In order to do so, it includes incentives and guidelines on sustainable public procurement, aiming for zero deforestation public procurement by 2022, which represents about 10% of the national GDP. It also involves all stakeholders in developing practices towards sustainable supply chains, and to provide information and traceability for the public. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 4

A national online platform on imported deforestation was launched in January 2021 to raise awareness on imported deforestation and showcase initiatives from relevant sectors towards sustainable supply chains. In the future, the platform will also include an alert mechanism on high-risk imports addressed to importers and relevant corporations. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 4



Economic valuation of forest and wildlife diversity will ensure the sustainable use and conservation of ecosystems - On February 18, 2021, the Ministry of the Environment approved the Guidelines for the Economic Valuation of Forest Diversity and Wild Fauna, in order to guide and facilitate the economic valuation processes in this matter, through the establishment of criteria and guidelines. The application of this management instrument will promote policies for the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems, considering their direct impact on poverty reduction. Two approaches are taken into account for the economic valuation of forest and wildlife diversity. One that measures the well-being of people, obtained by the provision of ecosystem services offered by forest ecosystems; and the other is related to the measurement of the loss in the level of well-being of people as a consequence of changes in biological diversity in forest ecosystems that are degrading in nature. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 9

Updated Action Plan of the National Strategy for Biological Diversity - On 26 March, 2021, the Ministry of the Environment published the updated Action Plan of the National Strategy for Biological Diversity. Aside from contributing to the implementation of national goals on biological diversity, it also seeks to contribute to the Aichi Targets of the “Strategic Plan for Biological Diversity 2011-2020” of the Convention on the Biological Diversity (CBD), the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS), the recommendations of the Environmental Performance Assessment of Peru by ECLAC / OECD and the Strategic National Development Plan called Bicentennial Plan: Peru towards 2021. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 2



In December 2020, Belgium signs the Amsterdam Declaration to fight imported deforestation. Belgium becomes the 8th country to join the partnership (after Den, Fra, Ger, It, Ned, Nor, UK) which aims to support sustainable and deforestation-free commodities. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 4

Belgium is a member of the Blue Leaders group that supports certifying 30% of the high seas as marine protected areas by 2030. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 2

Through the ‘Beyond Chocolate’ initiative Belgium set up a public/private partnership to source 100% sustainable cacao by 2025. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 4

Belgium supports CITES and finances the UNODC’s work on combatting corruption and wildlife crime in Africa. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 6



In July 2020 Germany adopted a comprehensive Corona Response Package under its International Climate Initiative (IKI) providing approximately 68 million euros to support relief for protected areas and biodiversity hotspots, promote a climate-friendly economic recovery and increase resilience against future pandemics in developing and newly industrializing countries. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 2, 5, 9

Germany provided 40 million euros support to the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) until the end of 2025 to help countries design effective biodiversity financing plans, putting finance at the foundation of conservation strategies. BIOFIN will continue to support countries to develop and improve financing mechanisms, providing dedicated support to countries for two emerging areas: First to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and second to enable implementation of the new CBD Global Biodiversity Framework, to be adopted in 2021. Four signature solutions are at the heart of BIOFIN’s continued support to over 30 partner countries: i) support countries to deal with the impacts of COVID-19, ii) results based and effective budgeting for biodiversity, iii) re-design interventions with harmful impacts on nature, iv) greening the finance sector. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 2, 9

Germany also supports the initiative “Indigenous Peoples' and Community Conserved Territories and Areas Global Support Initiative” (ICCA) with additional 15 million euros to support IPLCS in 45 countries to cope with the current COVID-19 crisis and support them as key partners in global biodiversity conservation with a focus on protected areas governance, livelihoods, food security and indigenous rights. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 2, 9, 10

At the One Planet Summit in January 2021, Germany launched the Legacy Landscape Fund, a joint initiative of both public and private actors aimed at providing sustainable finance to the most valuable protected areas in developing countries and emerging economies. Germany committed 82.5 million euros contributing to efficiently conserve and manage protected areas and their buffer zones. #LeadersPledge4Nature Commitment 2, 9, 10

In March 2021 Germany launched a new National Monitoring Center for Biodiversity. The aim of the Center is to advance nationwide biodiversity monitoring, to significantly improve the database on biodiversity trends, and to network and inform all stakeholders.,-%C2%A9&text=Das%20Nationale%20Monitoringzentrum%20wurde%20durch,aller%20Akteurinnen%20und%20Akteure%20voranzubringen. #LeadersPledge4Nature



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