COP15, the landmark UN Biodiversity summit, should have taken place this week, but was unfortunately delayed due to the pandemic. Instead, we sat down with Elizabeth and Scottish Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity Lorna Slater MSP to discuss some of the issues that might have been discussed. With Natalie Jackson, GEFI Technical Lead, why we need to finance nature, the Global Biodiversity Framework, how governments can help and what the Scottish Government is doing in this space.
Despite on-going efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide and this decline is projected to worsen with business-as-usual scenarios. This session, aimed at global finance practitioners, is intended to raise aware and inspire practical action in relation to the critical need to finance. It will provide an update on global and national initiatives to help drive the action required to finance a shared future for all life on earth.
Elizabeth Mrema, UN Convention on Biodiversity Executive Secretary & Taskforce for Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) Co-chair