Two committees of the OECD joined their work to look at the integration of biodiversity into development and development cooperation.
The Development Aid Committee (DAC), through its Network on Environment and Development (ENVIRONET), and the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC), through its Working Party on Biodiversity, Water and Ecosystems (WGBWE), undertook a joint work plan on Biodiversity and Development Co-operation, as a follow-up to the OECD-DAC Policy Statement on Integrating Biodiversity and Associated Ecosystem Services into Development Co-operation (2010) as well as in response to the successive decisions of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to further integrate biodiversity into development and development co-operation policies and programmes (e.g. Decisions X/6 in Nagoya and XI/22 in Hyderabad).
Under the joint coordination of OECD's Environment Directorate and Development Co-operation Directorate, an ad-hoc 'friends' group made of several EPOC and DAC member states and organisations drew up a 'Scoping paper on Biodiversity and Development Co-operation'. Its completed version was released on 24 November 2014. Its two volume cover the following topics:
- Financing for development in support of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
- Mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services into development co-operation
- Managing for results, addressing trade-offs and synergies, identifying key practices and gaps.
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Alignment and harmonisation among donors and partner countries.
The Policy Statement and the Scoping Paper are downloadable from the links below (under 'Documents')..
Lately, both OECD directorates organised a one-day workshop in their premises in Paris on 18 February 2015: 'Biodiversity and Development - Mainstreaming and managing for results'.
The objective of this Workshop was to bring together government practitioners and experts, from both the biodiversity and the development communities, to share experience and insights on the key opportunities and challenges to mainstream biodiversity into development policies and planning.The Workshop provided a platform for discussion on the following key themes:
- Recent country experience and efforts on mainstreaming biodiversity into development objectives and in development co-operation;
- Identification, assessment and management of synergies and trade-offs, with a focus on agriculture and fisheries;
- Approaches to manage for better results.
Finally, the Workshop attempted to identify key areas where further analytical work and dialogue amongst partners would be needed to strengthen the capacity to mainstream biodiversity and development policy. Over 85 people attended, representing governments, research institutions, international organisations and non-governmental organisations.
You can find a summary of this workshop, as well as the presentations of the contributing speakers, on OECD/DAC and OECD/EPOC respective web pages: