On the Way to CBD COP 15: Business and Biodiversity

Jun 18, 2021

Photo Credit: GIZ

‘On the Way to CBD COP15: Business and Biodiversity’ was an event held on 18 June 2021 by the Sino-German Environmental Partnership (SGEP) and the German Embassy in Beijing, serving as a warm-up to the Business and Biodiversity Forum, one of the parallel sessions of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This event provided a platform for the exchange on the role of businesses in biodiversity conservation among Chinese and international companies and organizations, allowing companies to showcase their solutions and identify further synergies. The insights gained can serve as a reference for other stakeholders in the run-up to the CBD COP15 in Kunming. More than 100 participants from Chinese government institutions, various embassies, Chinese and international companies as well as non-governmental organisations joined the event.

Mr. LIU Ning, Deputy Director-General of Department of Nature and Conservation, Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) and Deputy Director of the Office of the Executive Committee for the CBD COP 15, together with Mr. Hendrik BARKELING, Head of the Economic Department and Minister Counsellor of the German Embassy in Beijing, delivered opening remarks. In their speeches, they called upon all companies and stakeholders to assume their leadership role and make pragmatic commitments towards reversing the trend of biodiversity loss and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. Following that, the Foreign Environment Cooperation Office (FECO) gave an in-depth introduction on the ‘Business and Biodiversity Forum’, an official parallel activity of the CBD COP 15, and the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity (GPBB). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) shared insights from its global project ‘Private Business Action for Biodiversity’, which features biodiversity-friendly production and commercialization pilot projects in Brazil, India, and Mexico.

Top-level representatives from the World Economic Forum, Ant Group, Veolia China, Elion Group, BASF, and Volkswagen showcased their corporate solutions on how to promote green lifestyles, restore wetlands, turn deserts into green space, and incorporate biodiversity into their supply-chain considerations. In the subsequent panel discussion, potential synergies between companies’ decarbonization and environmental conservation efforts as well as prospects for collaboration with policymakers and civil society were discussed. As a warm-up for CBD COP 15, this event provided a communication platform for Chinese and international companies and organizations in the field of business and biodiversity conservation.

The CBD COP 15 is scheduled to take place in Kunming in October 2021. During this conference, the world’s eyes will be on China, where a new ‘Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework’ is expected to be agreed upon.

Sino-German Environmental Partnership II

Project country
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE)
Implementation Partners
International Environmental Cooperation Office (IECO), MEE; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
09/2017 – 10/2021

Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership has supported bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange of experience and advice on various specialist topics. Thereby, the project enhances institutional and individual capacities through training, the exchange of personnel, and knowledge transfer, to best prepare China for its future as a transformed “Ecological Civilization” and its path towards a “Beautiful China”. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021. Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports its Chinese project partners in transforming the existing environmental management system into a holistic environmental governance system which involves actors from science, industry and civil society. The planned activities lead to an intensification of the German-Chinese strategic environmental dialogue. An enhanced exchange such as this will continue to positively impact China’s proactive ownership of global environmental and climate change responsibilities. This will support the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.