Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

Events on biodiversity


The OECD maintains an active programme of biodiversity-related events:

  • Participation in international conferences and workshops dedicated to biodiversity issues – where recent OECD work is shared and further discussed with government officials and biodiversity experts from all over the world.
  • Side-events and presentations in key international events, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (COP) – where policy messages from recent and on-going work are showcased.
  • The OECD convenes international workshops and expert meetings to help implement the OECD programme on biodiversity and ecosystems by bringing relevant stakeholders together from e.g. the private sector, academia, and other practitioners and experts to exchange information on a particular on-going OECD project.

Upcoming and recent events are listed below. More information about participation possibilities and outcomes can be obtained through the links provided. In addition, OECD experts are often called to make biodiversity-related presentations in international events, and to provide expert input to global or regional processes.


7-19 December OECD at the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15), Montreal, Canada.


30 August 

High-level political segment: Towards an ambitious and effective Post-2020 Global Framework, pre-COP Biodiversity meeting held by Colombia

During his speech, Secretary-General Mathias Cormann outlined the critical elements the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will need to address to be ambitious and effective, and highlighted actions the OECD will undertake to implement it. 

  • Watch the Secretary-General’s speech: English (1:01:57-1:06:58) | French (1:02:05-1:07:01)


15, 22, 29 April  OECD-UNDP Virtual Global Conference on Biodiversity Finance


26 February  OECD International Expert Workshop on The Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework: Targets, Indicators and Measurability Implications at Global and National Level, OECD, Paris 


17-29 November OECD at the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 14), Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
10-12 July Global Forum on Environment: Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Develomment, Montreal, Canada
30 May OECD Forum session on "Safeguarding our Oceans"
6-8 March OECD presented on Biodiversity Offsets and on Greening Harmful Subsidies: Lessons Learnt from Country Experience at the BIOFIN Global Conference, Chennai, India.


21-22 November OECD Global Forum on Green Growth and Sustainable Development - Greening the Ocean Economy, OECD, Paris
25 October , OECD, Paris
June OECD participation at the UN Oceans Conference, New York, USA
March OECD presented on Insights on the reform and greening of environmentally harmful subsidies and OECD methods for measuring government support to agriculture and to fisheries at the BIOFIN webinar 
February OECD side-event on Delivering on Sustainable Oceans for the SDGs, Preparatory Meeting for the UN Conference on SDG14, New York



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

  1. OECD presentation on MPAs and their role in ecosystem provision, sustainable fisheries and tourism - 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.
  2. OECD presentation on indicators relevant for Aichi Target 3 - 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.
  3. . The event drew on preliminary messages from an on-going OECD project on Biodiversity and Development that examines mainstreaming efforts in a range of countries, at national and sectoral levels. Speakers shared experiences and insights on the key opportunities and challenges to mainstreaming biodiversity (Mexico, Ethiopia, EC and Germany).
  4. 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, Biosafety - BioTrack made available as tools for risk assessors and regulators, and the Biotrack product database.
  5. The  facilitated 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 (, , , and ) in using the system to understand the nature of biodiversity-related development finance either received or provided. Read more on .
  6. UNEP-WCMC, IIED and SCBD event on : OECD presentation on Monitoring and evaluating biodiversity mainstreaming.
  7. OECD presentation on sustainable finance of marine protected areas at the side event of ", co-hosted by IDDRI, GIZ, IUCN-France.
November Green Talks LIVE video recording | Moving Towards Mainstreaming Biodiversity
September OECD Environment Ministerial: Sessions on mainstreaming biodiversity across sectors and effective management of marine protected areas
May The OECD convened a side-event on Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Development at the CBD SBI meeting in Montreal, Canada. The event highlighted the opportunities, challenges and lessons learned on mainstreaming biodiversity and development across national and sectoral policies in developing countries. OECD presentation on Biodiversity and Development: Mainstreaming and Managing for Results.
March OECD participation in the Friends of the CBD Workshop in Switzerland. . Also available all OECD Environmental Performance Review chapters focusing on biodiversity.
January OECD participation in the BIP Technical Expert meeting, UK.

PERIOD FROM 2015 TO 2008

November 2015 The OECD participated in the CBD international expert workshop on Biodiversity Mainstreaming in Mexico and presented on .
September 2015 The OECD participated in the CBD AHTEG on Biodiversity Indicators for the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan for Biodiversity
February 2015 OECD Workshop on Biodiversity and Development - Mainstreaming and Managing for Results

This workshop, jointly convened by the Environment and the Development Co-operation Directorates, brought together over 85 representatives from the biodiversity and development co-operation communities to share experiences and insights on the key opportunities and challenges to mainstreaming biodiversity into development policies and planning and into development co-operation.

October 2014 OECD participated in the following events at the Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (COP12), Pyeongchang, Korea, 6-17 October 2014:
  • October 8th   – 13:15  SCBD side event: Tracking and Reporting on CBD-related Resource Mobilization: Successes and Challenges
  • October 13th – 13:15  RBINS and UNDP side event: Capacity building and mainstreaming of Biodiversity in Development Cooperation
  • October 13th – 18:15  OECD side event: Incentives and Finance for Biodiversity
  • October 14th – 10:30  Biodiversity Summit for Cities: The Green Creative Economy
  • October 16th – All day Rio Pavilion side event: Transformative Initiatives in Biodiversity Mainstreaming and Financing
June 2014 OECD participation at CBD WGRI-5 (16-20 June 2014, Montreal):  and .
June 2014 No Net Loss Conference.
March 2014 OECD World Wildlife Day statement: "We must toughen our policies to improve the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources and wildlife,” says OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
November 2013 . This workshop brought together government, the private sector, IGO's, NGO's, and other experts and practitioners, so as to exchange experience and lessons learned on the key opportunities and challenges associated with biodiversity offset schemes.
September 2013 OECD participation at BIOECON - Panel discussion on Biodiversity Offsets, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
May 2013 OECD participation at the 7th Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, Norway. Release of the OECD publication "Scaling-up Finance Mechanisms for Biodiversity".
May 2013 International Day for Biological Diversity - OECD Insights: Why biodiversity matters.
February 2013 , organised jointly by the OECD and the General Commission for Sustainable Development (Commissariat général au Développement Durable-CGDD), OECD Conference Centre.
October 2012 OECD side event at CBD COP-11: 11th Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 8-19 October 2012, Hyderabad, India.
May 2012 International Workshop on Finance Mechanisms for Biodiversity: Examining Opportunities and Challenges, convened by the OECD, the World Bank, GEF and the EC, together with Sweden and India, 12 May 2012, Montreal, Canada.

March 2012

Presentation by Simon Upton, OECD Environment Director, of the Biodiversity Chapter to the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 at TEEB Conference 2012: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature: Challenges for Science and Implementation, 19-22 March 2012, Leipzig, Germany.

March 2011

Workshop on Mobilising Private Sector Finance for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use, 9 March 2011, OECD Conference Centre.

Oct. 2010

OECD convened a Side Event at CBD COP 10, 18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan.

Sept. 2010

UN General Assembly Session on Biodiversity, 20-22 September 2010, New York, USA.

March 2010   

OECD Expert Workshop on Enhancing the Cost-Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), 25 March 2010, OECD Conference Centre.

February 2010

Conference on Biodiversity 2010: Getting the targets right - working for sustainable development, 1-5 February 2010, Trondheim, Norway.

July 2009  

Workshop on Innovative International Financing for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use, 2 July 2009, OECD Conference Centre.

May 2008

Side Event on OECD Work on the Economic Aspects of Biodiversity, 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parites (COP9) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP9 CBD, 22 May 2008, Bonn, Germany.

March 2008

Workshop on Incentives to Capture the Biodiversity and Carbon Benefits for Reducing Deforestation.



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