Highlights and images for 19 November 2018




From L-R: David Cooper, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Lejo van der Heiden, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands; and Derk Loorbach, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT)


Day 3 at the Rio Conventions Pavilion focused on the theme of scenario planning for transformative change for biodiversity outcomes. Sessions in the morning reflected on insights from ongoing future modelling exercises that look at the implications of climate change scenarios for biodiversity, as well as scenarios for “bending the curve” of biodiversity trends. In the afternoon, participants debated the relevance of these analyses for operationalizing the 2050 vision, with a closing panel focusing on the CBD post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Specific topics covered included:

  • An overview of scenario exercises that are currently underway that could support the achievement of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD);
  • Lessons from harmonized modeling exercises aiming to project magnitudes and spatial distribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services loss or gain under a range of climate and land-use future scenarios;
  • The contribution of sectoral scenarios in the broader mainstreaming agenda and ensuring relevance for biodiversity policies; and
  • The contribution of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Nature’s Futures scenario in integrating targets for human development and nature.

The event was co-organized by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Université Paris-Sud.

Photos by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis

For photo reprint permissions, please follow instructions at our Attribution Regulations for Meeting Photo Usage Page

Carolyn Lundquist, University of Auckland
Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
David Cooper, CBD
Lejo van der Heiden, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands
Derk Loorbach, DRIFT
Marcel Kok, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
Paul Leadley, Université Paris-Sud
Piero Visconti, International Institute of Applied System Analysis (IIASA)
Rob Alkemade, PBL
Jonathan Pickering, University of Canberra
Eefje den Belder, PBL
From L-R: Rob Alkemade, PBL; Piero Visconti, IIASA; and Paul Leadley, Université Paris-Sud
Jonathan Ekstrom, Biodiversity Consultancy
David Leclère, IIASA
Carolina Soto-Navarro, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Guido Broekhoven, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)
Mark Rounsevell, University of Edinburgh
Fiona Kinniburgh, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
Thomas Brooks, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Bernadette Fischler, WWF
From L-R: Thomas Brooks, IUCN; Bernadette Fischler, WWF; Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Wageningen University; and Derk Loorbach, DRIFT
Around the Venue