On 23 and 24 November 2018, Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, chaired the 6th Global Biodiversity Summit for Local and Regional Governments in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. This summit was organized parallel with COP14, the UN Conference on Biodiversity, and by nsg4SD.
As chair of nrg4SD, the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, Minister Schauvliege fulfils a core task within the global convention for the protection of biological diversity. In 2010 during the COP 10 in Nagoya, Minister Schauvliege laid the foundations for the current (pro) active role of regions and local governments in the conservation of biodiversity. Minister Schauvliege: "For topics such as biodiversity and climate, the principle" Think global, act local "will make the difference". (link to full interview: bit.ly/2R3PgQx)
During the summit in Egypt, regions, sub-national governments, cities and municipalities confirmed their commitments to speed up concrete actions. There will also be a "Subnational Action Agenda for Nature and People". Furthermore, regional and local authorities decided to put biodiversity protection forward as a priority in all policy areas and at all policy levels. Minister Schauvliege: "The collaboration among all levels of government is needed to secure ecosystem approaches in our territories. Multi-level governance and vertical integration should be at the core of national, subnational and local strategies for biodiversity. "
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