UN Convention on Biological Diversity

In February 2021 the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) became observer organization to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on my initiative. As representative for SPNHC I am attending the meetings of the Convention’s bodies and follow the negotiations.

Topics of main interest to SPNHC and the collections community are the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and its monitoring strategy, indicators for monitoring species and genetic diversity, access and benefit sharing (ABS), policy options for “Digital Sequence Information” (DSI), knowledge management including pathways for planning, monitoring, reporting and reviewing, and engagement of all involved stakeholders.

Submissions to the public review processes of the CBD can be accessed here.

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

Together with Dr. Libby Ellwood (iDigBio), I am currently co-chair of SPNHC‘s Biodiversity Crisis Response Committee, having joined the committee in 2020. My primary interest is in biodiversity conservation at the cross-continental, global level.

In addition to being SPNHC’s representative to the CBD, I am also liaison for SPNHC to the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF).