Alpine Biodiversity Board

Chair: Italy

The Alps show a rich diversity of nature and landscape, which offers a living place to a large number of plants and animals. Biological diversity is the foundation for our food and health. The XV Alpine Conference recognised this key role by establishing an Alpine Biodiversity Board. During its 2019-2021 mandate, the aim of the Board was to undertake a stock-taking analysis of relevant biodiversity and landscape strategies, guidelines and policy recommendations for Alpine countries, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and relevant EU legislation and biodiversity strategies as well as the results of recent research. Furthermore, the Board was entrusted to develop a system of priorities and targets for joint action, including in the field of ecological connectivity.

During the next two years until the XVII Alpine Conference, the Alpine Biodiversity Board proposes to consider the following objectives for its work agenda:

  • Identification of a series of indicators relevant to mountain biodiversity, complementing and updating the indicators of the “Ecological Network” platform;
  • Organise actions at several institutional levels to urge the importance of a specificity of mountain biodiversity both in international and national strategies;
  • Jointly work on a potential target for the Alpine Convention that includes vulnerable/threatened ecosystems such as mountains, also through the planning of a specific funded project (e.g. LIFE project);
  • Contribute to reaching the 2050 Alpine Climate Targets by working closely with the Alpine Climate Board.

Furthermore, the XVI Alpine Conference requests the Contracting Parties to the Alpine Convention to consider, with the support of the Alpine Biodiversity Board, the implementation of the Declaration on the Protection of Mountain Biodiversity and its Promotion at International Level and the development of an action plan for mountain biodiversity protection identifying priorities, good practices and a monitoring system as a model for other mountain regions globally, and in light of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

To this end, the Alpine Biodiversity Board serves as a platform to inter alia bring together different stakeholders in order to enable a dialogue among them.

Contact:
Paolo Angelini, Italian Ministry for the Ecological Transition
angelini.paolo@mite.gov.it

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