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Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development and the Sustainable Development Goals: sharing and developing workable solutions

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This report summarises key issues emerging from presentations, discussions and conclusions from a full day workshop on “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development and the Sustainable Development Goals: sharing and developing workable solutions” co-hosted by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The workshop was held on Sunday, 11th December 2016 in the margins of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Cancun, Mexico, 4 - 17 December 2016.

The workshop brought together ~90 people during the course of the day, including representatives from national governments, development cooperation agencies, international and intergovernmental organisations, research institutions, universities, private sector and non–governmental organisations.

The main objectives of the workshop were to:
1) Take stock of existing biodiversity mainstreaming initiatives.
2) Share case studies of how governments are linking National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and biodiversity considerations with sectoral priorities, development planning and Sustainable Development Goals implementation processes.
3) Share examples of successful and less successful approaches, solutions to identified barriers, and how better collaboration amongst international and national organisations can help to increase mainstreaming impacts.

Presentations were grouped into five sessions: an overview of international experience; the development cooperation agencies perspectives; country experiences; sectoral mainstreaming experiences; and tools and support for scaling up mainstreaming.

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