The Edinburgh Process for Subnational and Local Governments on the Development of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will be delivered as an online consultation (open from 30 April – 29 May 2020) and the registration for its first information session is now open.

The objective of the Edinburgh Process is to virtually bring together delegates and decision-makers from the subnational and local levels of government from across the globe to update them on the progress in developing the post-2020 GBF;  seek views and feed these back into the CBD internal processes on the way to COP15; review and update the CBD Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and other Local Authorities and develop the Edinburgh Declaration on the role of subnational governments in the post-2020 process.

Regions4, as a Partner of the Scottish Government, is chairing the initial information session that will take place on the 7May at 10 am CDT (11 am EST / 12h BRT) to accommodate the participation of regions and cities in Central, North and South America. The series of initial sessions will take place, for Europe, on the 5 May at 16h CET; for Africa, 6 May at 10 am GMT and for Asia and the Pacific, on 8 May at 15h JST. The information session will be supported by thematic webinars (dates to be confirmed) and an online consultation.

Government officials from subnational and local governments interested in participating are encouraged to register via the email address After registering, you will receive information on how to engage in the consultation process.

The Edinburgh Process will provide subnational and local leaders with the unique opportunity to interact and exchange ideas on the future of biodiversity and learn more from one another as well as to jointly, influence the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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