The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), supported by GIZ, hosted a debriefing meeting on January 30, 2023, to inform Thai government agencies and stakeholders from civil society, academia and the private sector on the outcomes of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The event featured ONEP expert presentations and discussions on what decisions were adopted at the COP15 as well as their implications for Thailand. A session outlining the road for Thailand and what lies ahead in terms of implementation of the Kunming-Montreal framework, the key outcome of CBD COP15, and its implications for Thailand and different stakeholder groups was also part of the programme.
The participants encompassing representatives from government agencies and international organisations as well as academics and NGOs got a clear picture of how the future of the biodiversity management landscape within the country will look, and how they each have a role to play in reversing the loss of biodiversity and contributing to enhanced conservation. Furthermore, the Secretary General of ONEP held a session on the links between climate change and biodiversity, in which he emphasised the importance of addressing both challenges in an integrated way and how this could lead to achieving win-win solutions where climate change is mitigated, and biodiversity benefits are achieved.
The linkages between climate change and biodiversity were highlighted in an exhibition at the venue, which was also live-streamed via ONEP’s Facebook page in order to provide the opportunity for the general public to learn and understand more about this crucial topic.
About The Climate, Costal and Marine Biodiversity (CCMB) Project
The Climate, Costal and Marine Biodiversity (CCMB) Project, the implementation of which runs from 2022-2027, aims to improve the framework conditions and synergies of climate, marine and coastal biodiversity. Climate and biodiversity action by Thailand can be enhanced by strengthened policy development, supported by the project. The project also promotes mainstreaming of climate and biodiversity objectives in marine, coastal and sustainable tourism planning. Pilot implementation integrating climate, marine and coastal biodiversity and sustainable tourism objectives will enhance vertical integration and subnational capacities for synergetic implementation of climate and biodiversity action. CCMB works closely with the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) as its main partner, as well as with other relevant agencies identified as key partner agencies for the development and implementation of climate and biodiversity policies and action. CCMB also functions as an IKI interface project in Thailand to support political and technical exchanges/dialogues to strengthen global partnerships for climate and biodiversity action, including exchanges between Thailand and Germany, as well as among implementing agencies of IKI projects/programmes in Thailand.