Engaging business in the CBD

An unprecedented attendance by business representatives is expected this October at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan. Hot topics for business include incentive measures, resource mobilization and access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources. An interesting agenda of side-events at the interface of business and biodiversity is also scheduled. 

CBD COP10, October 2010, Nagoya Photo: CBD

The International Year of Biodiversity will culminate with the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan from the 18th to the 29th of October. The negotiations will focus on approving a revised Strategic Plan for the Convention with a new set of post-2010 targets for biodiversity conservation. The negotiating Parties are also expected to adopt an international regime on Access and Benefit-Sharing. Several other topics will be discussed including a number of the CBD’s programmes of work (e.g. Protected Areas) as well as other issues arising from previous COP decisions (e.g. incentive measures, agriculture, biofuels).

Business engagement in the CBD has been increasing over the years with an unparalleled participation and involvement expected from business at CBD COP 10. Throughout 2010, IUCN and together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have been promoting closer engagement between the CBD and business. Together, these two organizations have carried out a consultation on IUCN position papers that has involved several IUCN and WBCSD business partners and members. This consultation has also resulted in an information paper outlining the priorities for business engagement in the CBD’s agenda post-2010.

Several items on the official COP 10 agenda are relevant to business as the decisions taken will influence biodiversity conservation policies and practices at the national and regional levels. Some of the key issues include business engagement, incentive measures, resource mobilization, and access and benefit ( to read IUCN’s position papers on these issues, click here.

To celebrate work carried out in preparation for CBD COP 10 and to illustrate how business and parties to the CBD can work together in a post-2010 regime, IUCN, WBCSD and the Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation, are jointly organizing the International Business and Ecosystem Dialogue on the 26th of October. This full day event aims to explore adaptive business strategies and government policy frameworks to effectively address biodiversity and ecosystem service degradation and loss.

COP 10 also boasts an extensive agenda of side-events, including nearly 50 events that are relevant for business delegates. Several topics are covered by these events ranging a multitude of sectors as well as geographical locations.

For more information on business at CBD COP 10 visit: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/business/cbd/

To access the official CBD COP 10 documents and agenda go to: http://www.cbd.int/cop10/doc/ 

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