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ICIMOD @CBD COP15: Recognise, restore, and build mountain resilience


Montreal, Canada

Date & Time

03 December 2022 to 15 December 2022

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As an intergovernmental regional knowledge-sharing centre working in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), ICIMOD is going to actively participate in the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) – Part II to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, Canada.

At this global gathering, we will organise and participate in several events and put forward a collective voice to conserve our HKH mountains and biodiversity with three key messages:

Mountain ecosystems matter
Invest in and incentivise restoration
Resilience through nature-based solutions



ICIMOD’s engagements at CBD COP15

All timings are in Eastern Standard Time (UTC−05:00).

ICIMOD, as an observer, will participate and contribute to the discussions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Time and venue (TBC)

ICIMOD will engage in an interactive dialogue on science and monitoring for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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18:15–19:45 | Like-minded Mega Diverse Countries meeting room 513D

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ICIMOD information booth with Future Earth and GMBA

16:00–16:30 (Nature Positive Pavilion)

During this event, speakers will discuss the success, challenges, and prospects of 30×30 for biodiversity and people in the HKH. They will explore how partnerships can be strengthened for the effective implementation of 30 × 30.

11:30–12:30 (Venue TBD)

ICIMOD and the Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Research and Development (CIPRED) are jointly organising this event, where a group of experts from across the HKH region and beyond will share best practices and experiences in communicating biodiversity science to different target groups, including policymakers, indigenous and local communities, youth, and practitioners.

The event aims to foster discussions on the key enablers and barriers in communicating biodiversity science to targeted audiences and to gather suggestions on pathways for effective communication and awareness of biodiversity.

13:15–14:45 (China Pavilion) | Hybrid meeting

ICIMOD will co-host this side event with the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (XIEG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), to draw attention to biodiversity conservation in arid lands. We will call on all stakeholders to work together to conserve arid land biodiversity through nature-based solutions and contribute to achieving the 2050 vision of living in harmony with nature.

09:00–12:30 (Venue TBD)

The CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas is organising a meeting with partners working on protected and conserved areas. The meeting, to be held on the margins of COP15, will review the Aichi Target 11 partnership and discuss how CBD parties can be supported to achieve Target 3 of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Day 1 – 08:30–17:00

Day 2 – 09:00–18:00

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13:15–14:45 | Room Contact Group 6, 516DE

ICIMOD will moderate the panel discussion at a side event hosted by its partner, the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The event will discuss how making the economic case for pro-nature policies to achieve food systems transformation is aligned with the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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18:15–19:45 (Like-minded Mega Diverse Countries meeting room)

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18:15–19:15 (Venue TBD)

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