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Towards the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Retrospective reflection and setting priority actions for the mountains


Virtual (MS Teams)

Date & Time

09 August 2021




The HKH countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – are all parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and are committed to its biodiversity conservation targets.  The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020) with its embedded Aichi Biodiversity Targets is the overarching global biodiversity framework to implement the CBD. The world is now preparing to adopt the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (2021-2030) building on the previous Strategic Plan (2011-2020) in the upcoming 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties to CBD (CBD CoP15), to be held from 11 to 14 October 2021 in Kunming, China.This webinar aims to provide a platform to discuss the priority actions needed for sustaining the fragile ecosystems of HKH region and Asia, and draft recommendations for the post-2020 biodiversity targets for the region.

  • Discuss priority actions and targets for Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework with special reference to the Programme of Work on Mountain Biodiversity (PoWMB)
  • Share success stories and good practices related to targets achieved

This webinar is targeted at the following audiences:

  • Policy makers: CBD focal persons from the governments of HKH and South Asia sub-region countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Iran, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • Conservation and development practitioners/organizations at national, regional, and international levels
  • Partner Institutions: UNDP, Ministry of Forests and Environment (MoFE), Government of Nepal
Expected outcomes
  • Consensus on priority actions for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework with particular reference to the PoWMB
  • Approval and ownership of the draft reports presented
Our engagement in the run up to COP15

ICIMOD conducted a retrospective analysis of the implementation of the Strategic Plan (2011-2020) for the HKH member countries. It assessed the progress towards the 20 Aichi Targets and the Programme of Work on Mountain Biodiversity (PoWMB) as provisioned for special attention by the CBD. The analysis was based on the Sixth National Report submitted to the CBD Secretariat by the HKH member countries. A report has been prepared based on this assessment.

In addition, we conducted a thorough review of progress against Aichi Target 11 for the South Asia sub-region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) under the “Global Partnership on Aichi Target 11”. The progress review of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets including Aichi Target 11 and PoWMB is important to recognize and share conservation successes and best practices, identify challenges, and prioritize plans of action for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework.

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PM Nepal’s Statement




9 August 2021 | 10:30-13:00 (Nepal Standard Time) | Online (MS Teams)

Time Programme Speakers
10:15-10:30 Online registration ICIMOD
Opening session (10:30-10:50)

Moderated by: Janita Gurung, Transboundary Landscapes, ICIMOD

10:30-10:50 Welcome remarks Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
Remarks Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, CBD
Inaugural address Statement from Sher Bahadur Deuba, Rt. Hon’ble Prime Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Nepal
Group Photo Rays Rajbhandari, IT, ICIMOD
Technical session (10:50-11:15)
10:50-11:05 CBD Implementation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya: A retrospective reflection [Download presentation] Sunita Chaudhary, Ecosystem Services, ICIMOD
11:05-11:15 Q&A session Janita Gurung, Transboundary Landscapes, ICIMOD
Panel Discussion: Progress highlights and setting priority actions
11:15-12:15 Priority actions for Aichi Targets and Programme of Work on Mountain Biodiversity (PoWMB) Remarks from countries: CBD Focal Persons, and institution(s)
Afghanistan Jalalaudin Naseri, Director, Natural Heritage, National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), Afghanistan
Bangladesh Zaheer Iqbal, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Resource Information Management System Unit, Forest Department, Bangladesh
Bhutan Yeshi Dorji, Biodiversity and Land use Division, National Environment Commission, Bhutan
China Yang Yongping, Professor and Director of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
India S. Kerketta, Advisor to Government of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Primary CBD Focal Person, India
Myanmar Thaung Naign Oo, Deputy Director General, Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar
Nepal Dhananjaya Paudyal, Joint Secretary and Chief, Environment and Biodiversity Division, Ministry of Forests and Environment, Primary CBD Focal Person, Nepal
Pakistan Naeem Ashraf Raja, Director Biodiversity Programme, Ministry of Climate Change, Primary CBD Focal Person, Pakistan
UNDP India Ruchi Pant, Chief – Climate Change, Resilience, NR & Chemicals Management, UNDP India
12:15-12:35 Q&A Janita Gurung, Transboundary Landscapes, ICIMOD
Closing session (12:35-13:00)  
12:35-12:45 Summary and way forward Izabella Koziell, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD
12:45-12:50 Closing remarks Dhananjaya Paudyal, Joint Secretary and Chief, Environment and Biodiversity Division

Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal

12:50-13:00 Vote of thanks Nakul Chettri, CBD Focal Person, ICIMOD

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