Biodiversity mainstreaming and financing: Ministers and Experts discuss

24.09.14 - 24.09.14

A major side event to be held during the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity is set to help the international community push forward efforts to put biodiversity at the centre of sustainable development policy-making and help effectively plug the huge finance gap for biodiversity.

The day-long event titled ‘Transformative Initiatives in Biodiversity Mainstreaming and Financing’, runs from 9:30 am to the evening on the 16th October at the Rio Conventions Pavilion in the Alpensia Convention Centre in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

Event includes discussions on the following topics:

  • quantify the economic benefit of biodiversity and ecosystems services;
  • integrate these economic values into national accounting and decision-making systems;
  • assess the current expenditures in biodiversity;
  • determine the future investments required to meet national and global biodiversity targets; and,
  • explore challenges and opportunities of a range of financing mechanisms to address the global biodiversity finance gap


  • Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany.
  • Doris Leuthard, Federal Councillor, Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Switzerland.
  • Ivo Havinga, Chief of Economics Statistics Branch, UN Statistics Division.
  • Bill Rahill, Director Environment and Natural Resources Management, The World Bank.
  • Nik Sekhran, Chief of Profession for Sustainable Development, UNDP

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