Edinburgh Declaration on post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Setting out the aspirations and commitments of the Scottish Government, Edinburgh Process partners, and the wider subnational constituency of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in delivering for nature over the coming decade.

Commitment for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Subnational governments, cities and local authorities will continue to build upon our previous efforts, to deliver transformative actions by:

  • recognising the overall value of nature and integrating it into subnational, city and local planning, management and governance instruments

  • implementing appropriate actions that deliver on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework goals and action targets

  • aligning biodiversity strategies and actions, and our monitoring and reporting efforts with National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), within our subnational, city and local competencies

  • increasing resource mobilisation for investment in biodiversity action at subnational, city and local levels, and providing incentives to ensure positive outcomes

  • mainstreaming biodiversity across public, private and business sectors to achieve greater environmental, societal and economic resilience

  • communicating, educating and raising public awareness with specific efforts to make knowledge available in several languages

  • strengthening capacity building in order to implement nature-based solutions (NBS) and green and blue infrastructure, particularly through ecosystem based approaches and as a contribution to a green recovery from COVID-19

  • providing opportunities for knowledge exchange across subnational, city and local levels, and between all sectors of society

  • sharing best practices across subnational, city and local levels, to efficiently implement transformative actions

  • delivering convergence with other intergovernmental agreements and processes, taking forward bold and innovative actions at the subnational, city and local level which result in mutually beneficial outcomes


Edinburgh Process Secretariat - email: enquiries-subnationalworkshop@gov.scot

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