19.12.2016

Germany’s commitment to biodiversity

Two women are holding the brochure

Dr Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk (BMZ) and Dr Elsa Nickel (BMUB); Photo: Kerstin Brümmer / BMUB

Two German ministries made a presentation on Germany’s international commitment in the area of biodiversity at the thirteenth Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Cancún, Mexico. Dr Elsa Nickel from the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) and Dr Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) spoke in front of a high-ranking audience about Germany’s role in international cooperation in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Both emphasised the importance of biodiversity as a cross-cutting theme in German development cooperation. Against this backdrop they presented the new edition of the brochure ‘Committed to Biodiversity’ that was jointly released by BMUB and BMZ.

Germany has continuously increased its financial support around the world for the conservation of biological diversity. Since 2013 the German Government has provided over EUR 500 million annually for the global protection of forests and other ecosystems. On this topic, Dr Nickel said ‘The average funding volume between 2011 and 2015 (EUR 526 million) was already double the volume provided between 2006 and 2010. This means that Germany has achieved its financing target for the conservation of biodiversity agreed during the eleventh and twelfth COPs.’

Both ministries emphasised that the urgency to conserve biological diversity is not only reflected in SDGs 14 and 15, which have a particular focus on marine and terrestrial life. The conservation of biological diversity is also embedded as a cross-cutting theme in the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This applies particularly to the topics of food security, integrated water management, sustainable urban development and climate change mitigation.

Both ministries jointly release the ‘Committed to Biodiversity’ brochure every two years at the CBD COP. The publication provides an overview of how Germany, together with its international cooperation partners, contributes to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and thus the sustainable development and safeguarding of the livelihoods of current and future generations. The conservation of biological diversity is one of the greatest societal challenges of our time, and we can only address it through concerted global engagement.