Switzerland's activities

Switzerland wants to continue its commitment to its work in the area of biodiversity to ensure that the various biodiversity-related agreements are effectively implemented. This involves strengthening synergies and ensuring that the implementation of the CBD and its international instruments and financing mechanism is coherent.

Biodiversity is an international issue and a global good that cannot be conserved or promoted by one country alone. Switzerland is thus a strong advocate of international regulations to conserve biodiversity and use it sustainably. It takes an active part in the various mechanisms for protecting and promoting biodiversity, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (see International Agreements).

Switzerland supports the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which was established in 2012. The IPBES assumes a central mediation role between science and politics and informs political decision-makers and international forums about the state of biodiversity, the changes that are occurring and the necessary responses. In 2019, the IPBES produced a Global Assessment Report and a number of regional reports on the state of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Subject reports on pollinators and land degradation and restoration have also been published, as well as a methodological report on modelling and scenarios. Furthermore, Switzerland supports the Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe and Central Asia based at the University of Bern. The IPBES reports provide a scientific basis for negotiating a new post-2020 global framework for biodiversity. The IPBES reports provide a scientific basis for negotiating a new post-2020 global framework for biodiversity.

Switzerland supports initiatives that lead to greater consideration of biodiversity in the infrastructure plans of developing countries and advocates in multilateral panels and funds, particularly in the GEF, for more ample funding for the protection of biological diversity.

Switzerland supports the implementation of the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 by all relevant actors, including the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. It is actively involved in the negotiations on a new global framework for biodiversity, which is to be agreed in 2021 and will replace the now expired Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. Some of the elements Switzerland is pushing for are: a clear and concise target framework with measurable targets and indicators that address the most important global causes of biodiversity loss; a framework that applies to the entire international biodiversity regime and strengthens and leverages synergies between different conventions and processes; and finally, an effective implementation mechanism that allows the success of measures to be assessed and lessons to be learned.

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Last modification 10.06.2022

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