February 2017 - OECD at the Preparatory Meeting for the UN Conference on SDG14 (Oceans, seas and marine resources), New York

Marine Protected Areas are key to ensuring better conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and the oceans. The OECD side-event "Delivering on Sustainable Oceans for the SDGs" on 15 February covered OECD work on:

December 2016 - OECD at the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) on "Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being”, Cancun

OECD presentations, side events and workshop at the Convention are available below:

OECD presentation on marine protected areas

Monday 5 December 2016 @ 13:15
Youth Group Meeting Room, Sunrise Building, 2nd Floor

OECD expert, Katia Karousakis presented on MPAs and their role in ecosystem provision, sustainable fisheries and tourism at the UNCTAD/UNEP/CAF side event on Oceans Economy and Ecosystems Services. The side event raised awareness and discussed novel international and regional approaches to address harmful incentives to marine biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and maximise the use of beneficial ones in key sustainable oceans economic sector such as fisheries and tourism, and their interlinkages under an ecosystem approach, for the advancement of SDG14 and Aichi targets.

OECD presentation on indicators relevant for Aichi Target 3

Wednesday 7 December 2016 @ 13:15

The OECD presented on indicators relevant for Aichi Target 3 at the BIP side event on Understanding the Global Biodiversity Indicator Landscape. The draft decision for Agenda Item 19, ‘Guidelines for the sixth national reports, modalities for future editions of the Global Biodiversity Outlook and indicators’, endorses an updated list of indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership explored how these processes interrelate and how harmonisation of indicators is taking place and launched its redeveloped website and interactive search facility.

Mainstreaming biodiversity and development

Wednesday 7 December 2016 @ 18:15
Contact Group 3, Universal Building, main floor

This OECD side event on Mainstreaming biodiversity and development:

  • highlighted the main opportunities, challenges and lessons learned on mainstreaming biodiversity and development;
  • drew on preliminary messages from an on-going OECD project that examines mainstreaming efforts in a range of countries, at national and sectoral levels (including agriculture, forestry and fisheries), insights from development co-operation, as well as possible approaches to monitor and evaluate mainstreaming.

Speakers shared experiences and insights on the key opportunities and challenges to mainstreaming biodiversity (Mexico, Ethiopia, EC and Germany).


Read more on the OECD work on mainstreaming biodiversity and development.

Biodiversity and modern biotechnology

Thursday 8 December 2016 @ 18:15
Contact Group 9, Universal building, main floor

This OECD side event on Risk-safety assessment in modern biotechnology focused on the OECD's activities as to how it accomplishes the objective through the Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, ‘consensus documents’ made available as tools for risk assessors and regulators, and the Biotrack product database.

OECD has been actively involved in the environmental risk/safety assessment (ER/SA) of genetically engineered products as well as the safety of novel foods and feeds derived from them. To increase the efficiency process and to reduce duplicative effort, OECD countries, along with non-member economies, work together to harmonize approaches and share information used in ER/SA.

The primary objective is to ensure that the types of information and data used in ER/SA, as well as the methods used to collect these elements, are as similar as possible amongst countries.

Read more on the OECD work on biosafety and BioTrack and risk/safety assessment in biotechnology.

Tracking biodiversity-development finance

Saturday 10 December 2016 @ 10h00
Side event room 3, Universal Building, main Floor

This OECD workshop - Biodiversity related development finance: Towards better tracking aimed to facilitate a dialogue on recent developments in tracking biodiversity-related finance:

  • Session 1 shared approaches to tracking bilateral and multilateral biodiversity-related development finance, as well as biodiversity-related expenditures domestically; with a discussion on key opportunities and challenges for improving the tracking of international and domestic biodiversity expenditure.
  • Session 2 - the OECD demonstrated how the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Creditor Reporting System (CRS) can be used to track biodiversity-related official development assistance (ODA) using the Rio marker methodology; with country experiences (Ethiopia, Madagascar, Peru, and Vietnam) in using the system to understand the nature of biodiversity-related development finance either received or provided. Read more on Biodiversity related Official Development Assistance 2015.

Read more on OECD Statistics on External Development Finance Targeting Environmental Objectives Including the Rio Conventions.

OECD presentation on monitoring and evaluation of mainstreaming

Sunday 11 December 2016 @ all day event
Building B, Universal Building

The OECD presented at the UNEP-WCMC, IIED and SCBD event on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development and the SDGs: sharing and developing workable solutions. OECD presentation here.

OECD presentation on sustainable finance of marine protected areas

Wednesday 14 December 2016 @ 13h15
Side event room 2, Universal Building

The OECD presented on sustainable finance of marine protected areas at the side event of "Innovative financial mechanisms for long-term biodiversity conservation: Insights from international co-operation experience, co-hosted by IDDRI, GIZ, IUCN-France.