December 2016 - OECD at the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) on "Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being”, Cancun

OECD presentations, side events and workshop at the Convention are available below:

Mainstreaming biodiversity and development

Wednesday 7 December 2016 @ 18:15
Contact Group 3, Universal Building, main floor

This OECD side event on Mainstreaming biodiversity and development:

  • highlighted the main opportunities, challenges and lessons learned on mainstreaming biodiversity and development;
  • drew on preliminary messages from an on-going OECD project that examines mainstreaming efforts in a range of countries, at national and sectoral levels (including agriculture, forestry and fisheries), insights from development co-operation, as well as possible approaches to monitor and evaluate mainstreaming.

Speakers shared experiences and insights on the key opportunities and challenges to mainstreaming biodiversity (Mexico, Ethiopia, EC and Germany).


Read more on the OECD work on mainstreaming biodiversity and development.

Biodiversity and modern biotechnology

Thursday 8 December 2016 @ 18:15
Contact Group 9, Universal building, main floor

This OECD side event on Risk-safety assessment in modern biotechnology focused on the OECD's activities as to how it accomplishes the objective through the Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, ‘consensus documents’ made available as tools for risk assessors and regulators, and the Biotrack product database.

OECD has been actively involved in the environmental risk/safety assessment (ER/SA) of genetically engineered products as well as the safety of novel foods and feeds derived from them. To increase the efficiency process and to reduce duplicative effort, OECD countries, along with non-member economies, work together to harmonize approaches and share information used in ER/SA.

The primary objective is to ensure that the types of information and data used in ER/SA, as well as the methods used to collect these elements, are as similar as possible amongst countries.

Read more on the OECD work on biosafety and BioTrack and risk/safety assessment in biotechnology.

Tracking biodiversity-development finance

Saturday 10 December 2016 @ 10h00
Side event room 3, Universal Building, main Floor

This OECD workshop - Biodiversity related development finance: Towards better tracking aimed to facilitate a dialogue on recent developments in tracking biodiversity-related finance:

  • Session 1 shared approaches to tracking bilateral and multilateral biodiversity-related development finance, as well as biodiversity-related expenditures domestically; with a discussion on key opportunities and challenges for improving the tracking of international and domestic biodiversity expenditure.
  • Session 2 - the OECD demonstrated how the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Creditor Reporting System (CRS) can be used to track biodiversity-related official development assistance (ODA) using the Rio marker methodology; with country experiences (Ethiopia, Madagascar, Peru, and Vietnam) in using the system to understand the nature of biodiversity-related development finance either received or provided. Read more on Biodiversity related Official Development Assistance 2015.

Read more on OECD Statistics on External Development Finance Targeting Environmental Objectives Including the Rio Conventions.

OECD presentation on monitoring and evaluation of mainstreaming

Sunday 11 December 2016 @ all day event
Building B, Universal Building

The OECD presented at the UNEP-WCMC, IIED and SCBD event on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Development and the SDGs: sharing and developing workable solutions. OECD presentation here.