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Experts questioned on current state of UK biodiversity

16 October 2020

Kicking off the public evidence sessions for its inquiry on Biodiversity and Ecosystems, the Environmental Audit Committee hears from a range of experts giving their views on the current state of UK biodiversity and what protections the Government should be advocating ahead of COP15.


22 October 2020, virtual meeting

At 2.30pm

  • Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England
  • Professor Andy Purvis, Co-ordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES, Research Leader in Life Sciences, Natural History Museum
  • Dr Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary, IPBES
  • Dr Doug Allan, Filmmaker, Planet Earth and Blue Planet series

At 3.00pm

  • Dr Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Former Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Chairman, Global Council of Birdlife International, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees of Biodiversity International
  • Kate Norgrove, Executive Director for Campaigns and Advocacy, WWF
  • Professor Elisa Morgera, Professor of Global Environmental Law, Strathclyde University Law School

The first panel offers insights into the current state of biodiversity globally and in the UK, and the UK’s international impact on biodiversity. This panel  also  discusses how effectively biodiversity is being measured, particularly as none of the 20 Aichi targets have been achieved globally.

The second panel focuses on the Government’s position ahead of COP15, considering what outcomes and protections Ministers should be advocating and how to influence the Government’s position accordingly.

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