Switzerland's activities

Switzerland would like to continue its commitment to the area of biodiversity to ensure that the various biodiversity-related agreements are effectively implemented. This involves strengthening synergies and ensuring the coherent design of the implementation of the CBD and its international instruments and finance mechanism.

  • Switzerland demands and supports cooperation in the area of biodiversity. In addition to its work in the formal negotiations (Conferences of the Parties, scientific sub-committees), Switzerland is also involved informally through the staging of meetings and joint events with other conventions.

  • Switzerland supports the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) established in 2012. The IPBES shall assume a central mediation role between science and politics and inform political decision-makers and international forums about the state of and changes in biodiversity and about the necessary responses. The Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe and Central Asia has been located at the University of Bern since 2015 and receives financial support from Switzerland. Switzerland believes that suitable indicators should be defined in the context of the IPBES which would enable the quantification and achievement of the global targets for 2020.

  • 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.

  • Implementation of the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 by all relevant actors, including the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

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Last modification 02.10.2018

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