Scottish Government in the post-2020 biodiversity framework workshop

Workshop for Sub-National, Regional and Local Governments on their role in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework 1-3 April

Further details

The workshop will be conducted in English.

Due to limitations of the venue delegate numbers will be limited to approximately 200. We are inviting a mix of official and political representatives from subnational, regional and local governments.

Financial support will be available for a small number of participants, particularly those from the Global South. Any case for support should be set out via this form.


Expression of Interest

Invitations for expressions of interest will be issued through the CBD and partner networks to sub-national Governments.



Details will be available in due course.

Workshop programme


Saving Scotland's Nature

31 March 2020

14:00 – 17:00

18:00 – 20:00

Pre-workshop event organised by SNH and RBGE


Presentations celebrating Scotland's nature

Evening Reception and exhibitions

Subnational Workshop Day 1

01 April 2020

10:00 -13:00

13:30 – 14:30

15:00 – 18:00

18:30 -20:30




Opening plenary 

Side event

Statement of positions

Evening Reception (Surgeons Hall)


Subnational Workshop Day 2

02 April 2020

08:30 – 09:30

10:00 - 13:00

13:30 – 14:30

15:00 – 18:00




Breakfast side event

Breakout sessions

Side event

Breakout sessions


Subnational Workshop Day 3

03 April 2020

10:00 – 13:00

15:00 – 17:00



Feedback session and finalisation of Declaration

Formal signing and press conference

Contact details

For any questions or enquiries please email:

Our Partners

European Committee of the Regions (CoR) 

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union (EU). It represents local and regional authorities across the European Union and advises on new laws that have an impact on regions and cities (70% of all EU legislation).  The CoR is a political assembly composed of 350 members and 350 alternates from all EU countries (grouped by political party and headed by the President) who have been elected at local or regional level (for example as Mayors or Presidents of a region). Members come to Brussels up to six times a year to debate their opinions on proposed legislation and agree on resolutions for further action by the EU.




The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people’s day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink. We recognise the close link between nature and climate change, and how protection and restoration of our environment can influence how we will be affected by the impacts of climate change in the future.


ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability      

A global network of > 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. ICLEI co-leads the subnational advisory committee towards a strong subnational participation in the post 2020 global biodiversity framework. Further, ICLEI is involved in the CBD Informal Advisory Group (IAG) on the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity, ICLEI hosts the “Local & Subnational Government engagement platform for advancing the Action Agenda for Nature and People and the post 2020 global biodiversity framework” and ICLEI hosts the CitiesWithNature, the official platform for local and subnational governments to connect and report on their ambitions and commitments to the Action Agenda for Nature and People, and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework endorsed by the CBD Secretariat.

We are working with two ICLEI Secretariats:

  1. i)  ICLEI Africa Secretariat (South Africa) – home of the ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center; biodiversity experts who have long worked with the CBD.
  2. ii) ICLEI European Secretariat (Germany) – expertise in the implementation of innovative Horizon 2020 projects that utilise nature-based solutions for biodiversity action in Europe and beyond; EU Biodiversity advocacy (SG EU Hub engagement).


Government of Quebec

Both in Canada and internationally, the Government of Quebec is doing well in the field of biological diversity conservation. It has subscribed to the principles and objectives of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and has declared itself bound by it, by decree, since its adoption in 1992. Quebec thus undertook to implement the CBD within its territory and according to its competences, a commitment which has been translated into the adoption of numerous laws, policies, strategies and programmes over the years. Quebec is also the host of the Secretariat of the CBD since 1996.

The Government of Quebec also firmly believes in the importance of the role and action of subnational governments, federated states and regions in conserving biodiversity and fighting climate change. It participates in several networks of active subnational governments in biodiversity, and is currently coordinating – in collaboration with Regions4 – the Advisory Committee of Subnational Governments for biodiversity. M. Jean Lemire, Quebec’s Envoy for Climate Change and Nordic and Arctic Issues, is representing the Advisory Committee within the CBD and on the international scene.



Regions4 (formerly known as the nrg4SD) is a global network that solely represents regional governments (states, regions and provinces) before UN processes, European Union initiatives and global discussions in the fields of climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. Regions4 was established in 2002 at the World Summit in Johannesburg and currently represents 42 members from 20 countries in 4 continents. Through advocacy, cooperation and capacity building, Regions4 empowers regional governments to accelerate global action. For more information, visit:


Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)

We are Scotland’s nature agency. We work to improve our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it.

So that all nature in Scotland – our key habitats and landscapes, all our green space and our native species – is maintained, enhanced and brings us benefits.

It is the job of all of us to achieve a balance in the sensitive management of our natural world in order to maintain and enhance biodiversity. 


UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

The UNEP-WCMC is a world leader in biodiversity knowledge. It works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet. Their international team are recognised leaders in their field and have unrivalled understanding of the institutional landscape surrounding biodiversity policy and ecosystem management. Based in Cambridge, UK, UNEP-WCMC operates as a collaboration between UN Environment Programme and the UK charity, WCMC.  UNEP-WCMC works closely with the CBD and other international agreements and processes, and amongst other input will support the evidence base needed for our workshop. They have also produced a useful timeline of the lead-up to CBD COP15 -


Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is the devolved government for Wales. Led by the First Minister, Mark Drakeford AM, it works across devolved areas including key areas of public life such as health, education and the environment. We recognise that our well-being of future generations are dependent upon the health of our natural resources and ecosystems. The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 ensures that we manage our natural resources sustainably and by doing so maintain and enhance our ecosystems to ensure they are able to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits, including nature based solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation. As an active member of a number of international partnerships (The Climate Group , Regional for Sustainable Development (R4SD) and the IUCN), Wales is committed to working in partnership to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and more broadly the support development in all regions to be sustainable.

Planning your visit

How to get here

The conference venue is accessed through the Science Buildings' Main Reception  at 20a Inverleith Row, EH3 5LR.


  • Air: Links to Edinburgh Airport can be made via tram or Airlink100 services to the city centre. A taxi to main reception is approximately 30 min and £25.
  • Rail:RBGE is 1.4 miles from Edinburgh’s Waverley Railway station, about 30 min walk or a short taxi or bus ride.
  • Bus: Lothian Buses services 8, 23 and 27 stop at Warriston Drive, near the main reception. Lothian Buses services 14 and 21 stop on Ferry Road, a short walk away.
  • Bicycle: Bicycle stands can be found at the Science Buildings and both public entrances (East Gate and West Gate).
  • Car: Street parking is pay-to-park. Spaces nearest the Science Buildings are limited to 4 hours. Some full-day paid spaces are available on Inverleith Place, at the side near the Garden’s West Gate (John Hope Gateway). Check signs for regulations and tariffs.You can also car-share at liftshare.

Printable directions


Information on accommodation in Edinburgh at VisitScotland and Marketing Edinburgh.

About the Venue

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh captures the imagination of everyone who visits. There are over 70 acres of beautiful landscape to explore, providing a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre. The spectacular Glasshouses are home to 3.000 exotic plants from around the world. The Garden is celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2020.

Aerial view of the  Victorian Palm House in Edinburgh


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