A global knowledge support service for biodiversity

In December 2022, at the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP15.2), Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Package​ – which includes a suite of agreements including:

  • Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework
  • Resource mobilization
  • Mechanisms for planning, monitoring, reporting and review
  • Monitoring Framework for the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework
  • Capacity-building and development and technical and scientific cooperation

  • Digital sequence information on genetic resources

Throughout the negotiations of the Global Biodiversity Framework, many Parties noted the need for national level capacity-building, and technical and scientific cooperation to enhance the generation, monitoring, reporting and assessment of data, information, and knowledge to support its implementation. Many Parties also recognized that enhanced transparency on the implementation of the Global Biodiversity Framework will be critical for its success.

UNEP-WCMC, in collaboration with a range of partners, is facilitating consultations to determine the needs and opportunities for global knowledge support services for biodiversity, to support implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. The overall aim of this proposed initiative is to build on and interconnect existing tools, technologies, and networks in an inclusive manner, to support national efforts for the implementation, monitoring, reporting and review of progress towards the agreed goals and targets Global Framework.

A first assessment and options for s global knowledge support services for biodiversity were presented in two side events at COP15.2. These included a discussion forum where Parties and observers provided views on the Service, and a signatory event where Parties and observers indicated their support for further work to define the needs and opportunities for such a service. See here for more info.

More information about the Global Knowledge Support Service for Biodiversity can be found in a discussion paper here.

The second phase of work in this scoping assessment of the knowledge support service, involves listening to the views and needs of Parties for the service, and in response to the identified user needs, to develop options for the design and functionality of the service. UNEP-WCMC will host a hybrid co-design workshop for the support service in April/May 2023, to define the required functionality, content, design governance and financing options. More information about the consultations to design the service will be made available shortly.