News January 2022                                   NEWSFLASH                            January 2022
1. Resumed sessions of SBSTTA-24, SBI-3 and WG2020-3

The sessions will take place from 13 to 29 March 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The physical meeting of the resumed sessions of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) scientific and implementation bodies, and the working group tasked with developing the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, have been rescheduled from the original date of 12-28 January 2022.

The resumed meetings in Geneva will be conducted in person. However, provision will be made to allow delegations from Parties and observers to follow the sessions of the meetings, both plenary and contact groups, virtually.

For more information, please contact the Belgian National Focal Point to the CBD at or read the related CBD Notification.

2. Commission launches new tools for strengthened EU biodiversity governance

On 15 December 2021, the Commission launched two new online tools to track progress in implementing the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. Hosted by the EU Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity, an online actions tracker will provide up-to-date information on the state of implementation of the many actions of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. A targets dashboard will complete the picture by showing progress to the quantified biodiversity targets set by the Strategy, both at the EU level as well as in the Member States. The dashboard is in its prototype phase, with a current set of seven indicators that will be complemented with additional ones in 2022.

Speaking at the launch event co-organised by the Commission and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General of European Commission’s DG Environment, said:

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 can make a real difference for nature and people. It sets measurable targets and concrete actions reflected across EU policies. The online action tracker and the targets dashboard will create transparency and strengthen public awareness on the progress in delivering on our objectives by 2030.

Read the entire press release here.

3. Contribute to the review of the IPBES Invasive Alien Species assessment
The review of the second order draft of the chapters and the first order draft of the summary for policymakers of the invasive alien species assessment is now open!

See full notification here: EM/2021/39

The review is open from 15 December 2021 to 15 February 2022.

IPBES invites the widest-possible participation of experts from all relevant disciplines and backgrounds. An online dialogue workshop for registered expert reviewers will be organised on 20 January 2022 (tentative schedule).

To review the assessment:
  1. Register as user of the IPBES website (if you have not already done so).
  2. Register as a reviewer for the IAS assessment (this only works when already logged in as user, cf. 1).
  3. You will then receive an email with access to the material and a template to submit your comments.
The Belgian Biodiversity Platform, as IPBES Belgian NFP, will prepare the official Belgian government review. If you wish to contribute to it, please register here or contact Lise Goudeseune, for the IPBES National Focal Point.
4. Political Monitoring - Parliamentary Questions & Discussions - December 2021
The political monitoring of the Belgian National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity reports on biodiversity and ecosystem-related topics at the level of the different Belgian legislative institutions and the EU Parliamant.

Please find the latest December monitoring here (PDF version), including debates and discussions on pesticides, ecocides, the European Forest Strategy, the European Soil Strategy and much more.

Please find all our monitorings on
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