Turning the tide on the freshwater biodiversity crisis
UN 2023 Water Conference Side Event
New York, 22.03.2023
German NGO Forum on Environment and Development, AGWA, German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), Plant for the Planet (P4P), Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), IUCN
“To protect and restore water-related ecosystems” (SDG 6.6) is the target with the narrowest time frame of the 2030 Agenda, supposedly achieved by 2020 yet remaining unaccomplished. Freshwater biodiversity holds an intrinsic value, but more importantly represents the very foundation of water and food security, climate resilience and equal living conditions in the context of sustainable development. Nevertheless, we are losing habitats and species diversity at unprecedented rates: Since 1970, 83% of freshwater populations, 88% of freshwater megafauna and 76% of migratory fish have been extinguished – twice the rate of terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
Freshwater ecosystems, such as rivers, lakes, and wetlands, provide a variety of services such as water purification, flood and drought risk reduction, carbon and nutrient sequestration. While one third of global food production comes from the world’s rivers, wetlands are the kidneys of the planet storing 600 Gt of CO2.
This side event aims to discuss measures to accelerate the achievement of SDG 6.6 and to highlight approaches to upscale restoration efforts and safeguard water-related ecosystems: The implications of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework on the CBD, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and national policies; the international funding of biodiversity and innovative financing initiatives such as ENACT, incentivizing small-scale solutions; potential additions to the remote sensing focused monitoring scheme of IMI; stakeholder collaboration beyond the usual suspects; local people with livelihood dependence on ecosystems and a multiplicator function like indigenous people and gender sensitivity, in the times where inclusive multilateralism is being mainstreamed.
Opening of Side Event
- Matthias Goerres, (FUE)
Keynote on the Implications of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework on SDG 6.6
Panel “How to catalyze conservation and restoration approaches in freshwater ecosystems”
Introduction and Teaser Statement/Video of panelists
Talkshow / Panel Discussion with Moderated Questions
- AGWA: John Matthews / Ingrid Timboe – NBS/adaptation, Mexico City restoration of wetlands and other water reserves
- WECF: Monti Aguirre – indigenous rights and inclusion in freshwater biodiversity protection
- P4P: Yugratna Srivastava – Forest Landscape Restoration
- WWF: Michele Thieme – Freshwater Challenge
- IUCN: Tracy Farrell – Enact Initiative
- Matthias Goerres (FUE)
Audience Questions & Interaction
Future outlook and call to action
- James Dalton (IUCN)
Hinweis / Please note
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