Regions4 Calls on Decision-Makers to Turn to Regional and Local Practices to Reach Global Biodiversity Goals

Following the realisation that the implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets is lagging behind, Regions4 Vice President for America Sergio Graf is advocating for the implementation of a bottom-up approach and a shift of focus to achieve the global biodiversity goals!

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For Sergio Graf, Regions4 Vice President for America, the High Level Session at Daring Cities in October presented an opportunity to advocate once more for the upcoming CBD COP15 as an opportunity for change. His address took place a few weeks after CBD’s announcement that not one of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets has been fully achieved since they were set in 2010. During his intervention Graf focused on crucial steps toward achieving the Aichi Biodiversity goals in future.

Representing the voice of all Regions4-members, he invited all subnational governments trying to make a difference to join their cause and to become an integral part of the new global biodiversity framework. With reference to the reports and data available at Regions4 Biodiversity Learning Platform, Graf advocated for more subnational reporting efforts. According to Graf subnational reporting uncovers the necessary data for organising an effective bottom-up process led by subnational governments, cities and local authorities.
Graf’s demands echoed the opinion of many stakeholders interested in a greater inclusion of regional and subnational governments as well as local networks, institutions and political leaders by CBD Parties for the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Learn more about Regions4 and their recommendations for the future of the global biodiversity goals here.