Show your support for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity!
The Barents regions of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia have magnificent water systems and their catchment areas that maintain unique biodiversity and natural products, clean waters and recreational opportunities. However, due to climate change and pressure to use natural resources, biodiversity is declining in the Barents region. Halting the loss of nature requires ambitious action from the local to the global level. Concrete local action and global cooperation work best together.
At the next meeting of the parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in late 2021, the goal is for the countries of the world to agree on common goals to halt the loss of biodiversity globally. Finland, as the chair of the BEAC Working Group on Environment, wants to inspire actors in the Barents region to showcase existing efforts to protect biodiversity in the area and encourage new activities. The Barents region has a wealth of expertise in the protection of freshwater ecosystems, such as the restoration of rivers. We want to bring these great actions together, and show on a global scale how much impact local and regional projects have - small streams make big rivers.
We invite all interested actors in the Barents region to submit their own freshwater ecosystem projects and other activities to the UN Biodiversity Convention Portal. Towards the end of 2021, we will bring together the reported actions of the region. A final summary is expected by the end of 2022.
We challenge everyone to join in – let’s raise together the unique nature and conservation work of the Barents region to the world map!
Invitation to the Barents Biodiversity Initiative in Eng, Rus, Fin, Nor and Swe
Ms. Anna Kuhmonen
Finnish Environmental Institute SYKE, e-mail
Ms. Aino Lipsanen
Ministry of the Environment of Finland, e-mail
Various public organizations, companies, individuals and communities can make voluntary commitments under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Commitments are purely voluntary and informal, such as the implementation of suitable projects. The scope of the commitments can range from a major water restoration project to a decision by individual citizens to raise awareness of biodiversity protection among their community. Commitments must be relevant to the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity.
Finland wants to encourage commitments to the protection of freshwater ecosystems and catchment areas, as the water systems of the Barents region are unique and deserve to be better known. Find the examples of the actions here.
Both the organizations participating in the Barents co-operation and all interested actors in the region are encouraged to take action. To incorporate your own commitment into the Barents Initiative, please submit it preferably by October 2021, but latest by the end of 2022.