The aim of the workshop was to provide a neutral platform from which to start the conversation on Australia’s priorities for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The desire was to harness the richness and diversity of participants’ perspectives and in so doing, encourage greater collaboration amongst governments and civil society in the development, implementation and monitoring of the new strategy and goals. The focus of the workshop was on addressing select key questions raised by the IUCN’s Post-2020 global biodiversity framework discussion paper. After a number of thought-provoking presentations, a world café style approach was used to enable the small groups of participants to have the opportunity to address a range of questions posed at six different stations.
The participants shared a vision for a robust framework and targets to ensure the successful conservation and management of Australia’s unique biodiversity post-2020. The workshop acknowledged that the current Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) 2011-2020 strategic plan has provided the global framework which has helped to shape the protection of the world’s biodiversity, but that far more needs to be done to curb the ongoing, rapid loss of species, ecosystems and ecological processes.
The opportunity to provide input to the development of a new framework was perceived as a rare opportunity to learn from the current strategic plan and to establish bold, new long-term conservation commitments and actions for the future.