Biodiversity encompasses ecosystems, species and genetic diversity. We are currently losing species 100 to 1000 times faster than what is seen in the fossil record due to habitat destruction, pollution and climate change. In recent decades, even some common species such as bumblebees have been declining, species that we rely on to sustain food production and for basic ecosystem functions.

In 2010, governments agreed upon a Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for 2011-2020, with targets for conservation and sustainable use at the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-10). The World Future Council has a strategic partnership with the Convention on Biological Diversity and is committed to enabling parliaments to implement the CBD targets. We collectively failed to meet our 2010 target to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss, so the WFC aims to inform parliamentary processes to assist in meeting the CBD targets for 2020.

Following up on the Future Policy Award on Biodiversity

In 2010, Costa Rica’s Biodiversity Law won the Future Policy Award on Biodiversity as it demonstrated clear commitment to the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity: conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of resources, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources.

Please see here for more information on the winners of the 2010 Future Policy Award.

GLOBE-WFC Visionary Biodiversity Law Programme

In cooperation with the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) International, the WFC is implementing the “GLOBE-WFC Visionary Biodiversity Law Programme”. The first phase of the programme culminated in a Biodiversity Session at the World Summit of Legislators hosted by GLOBE in Rio de Janeiro to complement the governmental process at Rio+20. The second phase resulted in a Biodiversity Session at the Legislators Biodiversity Forum which was held in parallel with the 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-11) in Hyderabad, India in October 2012.

Inter-Parliamentary Hearing in Costa Rica

In September 2013 the WFC, in close collaboration with IUCN Regional Office Mesoamerica and Caribbean Initiative and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), convened an Inter-Parliamentary Hearing on Innovative Biodiversity and Marine Policies in San José, Costa Rica. Some 45 parliamentarians, government officials and other key experts from academia and civil society from 7 Mesoamerican and Caribbean countries came together to discuss exemplary biodiversity and marine policies as well as good practices and lessons learned concerning their implementation. You can find the agenda and most of the presentations here. Download Final Report English / Reporte Final Español.

Presentation of Biodiversity Study at 2nd World Summit of Legislators

Mexico City: At the 2nd World Summit of Legislators from the 6th-8th of June 2014, the WFC, GLOBE and CISDL presented a study that analyses and compares comprehensive biodiversity laws from eight countries. Comprehensive biodiversity legislations at the national level are indispensable to reaching global biodiversity targets (Aichi Targets).  The Biodiversity Legislation Study comes at a time when we are close to the halfway mark on the timeline for the Aichi Targets. At the summit, hosted by the Mexican Congress, more than 300 high-level representatives and national legislators from all over the world attended.


Biodiversity Legislation Study - A Review of Biodiversity Legislation in 8 Countries

Designing Future Just Laws on Biodiversity: Training Materials for Government Officials and Parliamentarians

Future Policy Award 2010 - Celebrating the world's best biodiversity policies

Crafting Visionary Biodiversity Laws: Costa Rica's Biodiversity Law 1998 English | Spanish

Survey of Future Just Biodiversity Laws & Policies

Identification and Assessment of the Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing

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