Sino-German Cooperation
on Biodiversity, Climate and Environment
On behalf of International Climate Initiative (IKI)

CCICED: Kick-Off of BfN’s new study on biodiversity-related mainstreaming and synergies

The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has commissioned a research project with the title “The cross-cutting nature of biodiversity – towards mainstreaming and synergies.” It will contribute to the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) in general and the Special Policy Study (SPS) working group on Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Conservation in particular. The main outcome will be a study on the mainstreaming of biodiversity into different sectors and synergies among biodiversity-related conventions.

The kick-off meeting was held on 19 May. It brought together a group of experts in the fields of mainstreaming and synergies in order to a) introduce the research project and b) reflect on the focus and key messages of the report in order to ensure a useful contribution to CCICED and ongoing discussions on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The mainstreaming part of the report will focus on individual sectors, for example climate mitigation and adaptation (including Nature-based Solutions), urban planning, green finance, environmental accounting and/or biodiversity and health. The part of the study focusing on synergies between biodiversity-related Conventions will provide a synthesis of ongoing work streams and shall inform the discussions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the development of joint National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) as well as approaches on monitoring, reporting, capacity building, etc.

The first draft of the study is expected to be delivered by September and the final draft by November 2020.

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Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change (SGCCC)
Ms. Cao facilitates policy exchange between German and Chinese governments and coordinates work streams on south-south-north cooperation, climate legislation and finance to support China in strengthening its climate governance system. Besides, she supports the development of new projects. She studied at Humboldt University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin and Technical University of Munich, having extensive research experiences on climate and energy policies in China and Germany. Before joining GIZ, she worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) for many years.